Memorial Day Festival & Parade 2016

The 2016 Memorial Day Parade and Festival on May 30 brings more than 10,000 visitors to City Hall grounds to enjoy the Don Beyer Fun Run, Veterans Ceremony, children's activities, food, civic, and retail vendors, the parade, and more.

Schedule
Download a printable schedule here.
  • Don Beyer Fun Run at 9 a.m.
    This no-registration 3K race is a hit with runners of all ages. The start line is on Great Falls St. at Little Falls. Strollers are permitted, but rollerblades and bicycles are not. Due to security risks, do not leave any belongings at the start line. Parking is restricted along the route; see map for details.

  • 40 Thieves at 9:15 a.m.
    Enjoy one of the best loved Irish bands in the Metro DC area, live on the Main Stage (Park Ave. and Little Falls St.)

  • Amusements for Children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Kids love the moonbounces, pony rides, train rides, and more, all in Cherry Hill Park!

  • Tours of Cherry Hill Farmhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Docents will provide free tours of this historic Victorian-era home.
Flyer Memorial Day
  • Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m.
    Please join us in remembering those who gave all for our country. This year's ceremony features Mark Q. Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator (R-Cook County) who served six years in the 86th U.S. Army Reserve Command in Chicago. Held in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.).

  • City of Falls Church Concert Band at 12:15 p.m.
    Enjoy an entertaining mixture of marches, classical pieces, Broadway show medleys, regional tunes and American classics, live on the Main Stage (Park Ave. and Little Falls St.).

  • Parade led by Grand Marshal Kathleen Halayko at 2 p.m.
    The annual tradition returns! The trophy presentation will take place on the Main Stage after the parade.
Road Closures
  • 5:30AM-7PM (except for limited vendor traffic): Park Ave. will be closed from N. Maple Ave. to N. Virginia Ave. and Little Falls St. will be closed from Park Ave. to Great Falls St. This closure blocks access to and from Governors Court during these hours.
  • 8-10:30AM: Streets along the route of the Don Beyer Fun Run will be closed. The run begins at Little Falls and Great Falls Sts., then goes left (west) down Great Falls St., then left on Pennsylvania Ave., right on Fulton Ave., right on N. Oak St., left on Lincoln Ave., left on N. West St. and left on Park Ave. ending at Little Falls St. In addition to the roads listed above being close, please understand that all vehicles located within the perimeter of the Fun Run route will not be permitted to leave during this road closure.
  • 11AM-5PM: Parade staging areas will be closed to vehicular traffic on sections of Lincoln, N. West, Highland, N. Oak, Greenwich and Park Ave.
Parking
Visitors are reminded to NOT park in private parking lots with posted "No Parking – Towing Enforced" signs over Memorial Day weekend or any time of the year. The private lots are for the customers of businesses only. Many businesses enforce parking restrictions on weekends and holidays and may tow without notice. Free parking is available on many side streets; please check signs for time limits.

Free parking is also available at the Kaiser Permanente and George Mason Square garages. The Kaiser garage will have expanded hours over the holiday weekend:

  • Friday, May 27 from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday
  • Saturday, May 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday
  • Sunday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Monday, May 30, Memorial Day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking for persons with state-issued disabled placards or license plates is available on Great Falls St. between Little Falls St. and Maple Ave. That parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsors
Parade Video
For more than 30 years, the City has hosted an annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade on Memorial Day. Watch the 2015 parade below, courtesy Falls Church Community Television, FCCTV!
2015 Memorial Day Parade Video

Government Closures
  • Sunday, May 29
    • CLOSED: Mary Riley Styles Public Library
  • Monday, May 30
    • CLOSED: City Hall and all government offices
    • CLOSED: Courts and Court Clerk
    • CLOSED: Mary Riley Styles Public Library
    • CLOSED: Permits Counter
    • REDUCED HOURS: Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.