What you can do this Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix

Need plans for your Memorial Day weekend? Check out these venues to honor those who served in the military, and keep reading to find a variety of events — including rallies, conventions, and dance parties — on offer throughout the holiday weekend:

Places to visit

National American Indian Veterans Memorial – Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries is honored at the first and only known national memorial to Native American veterans, located outside the Collectors Room of the Heard Museum Shop.

Anthem Veterans Memorial -LLocated in the community park, officials say this memorial is a monument erected to honor the services and sacrifices made by the armed forces. Ceremonies are held each Memorial Day at 9:00 a.m.

Arizona Air Force Memorial MuseumSee real fighter jets and bombers used in Vietnam’s WWII wars. They are open for tours through Memorial Day, with flights all weekend.

Arizona Military Museum – The building served as the National Guard’s arsenal until World War II, when it was converted into a maintenance workshop for German prisoners of war. Now he aims to teach the public about Arizona’s military history.

Gilbert 9/11 MemorialA truss that once supported the North Tower of the World Trade Center now rests in Gilbert’s 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Monument Navajo Code TalkerOutside the Gallup Cultural Center stands the “Navajo Code Talker”, a 12-foot bronze statue commemorating the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a major role in winning the war in the South Pacific during World War II. world by providing an effective code that the Japanese have never deciphered.

USS Arizona Memorial GardensThe Memorial Gardens features part of the original boathouse of the USS Arizona which sank at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Wesley Bolin Memorial SquareAs one of the Phoenix Points of Pride in the central part of the city, it is home to a number of memorials honoring Arizonans in history as well as significant wars.


A day of remembranceMay 30

  • Anthem Veterans Memorial (41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway)
  • 9 am
  • Features a commencement address from Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Tim Pasquarelli, a POW/MIA table commemoration ceremony, and the ringing of the memorial bell


Remembrance Day Service – May 30

  • Avondale Civic Center (11465 W. Civic Center Drive)
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise will address the crowd at the reflective event, which will also include music, special tributes and a candlelight vigil.


Remembrance Day Ceremony – May 30

  • Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery (23100 W. Broadway Road)
  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.


Flags for our Fallen Memorial Day Rally – May 30

  • Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery (23029 N Cave Creek Rd)
  • 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Honor those who served with RidersUSA, a group of patriotic bikers who line Cave Creek Road with hundreds of flagpoles. Family members entering the cemetery will be greeted that morning.

Phoenix Fan Fusion – May 27, 28, 29

  • Phoenix Convention Center (100 N Third Street)
  • 8am – 11.30pm Saturday, 9am – 5pm Sunday
  • A massive pop culture convention with celebrity guests, panels, cosplay, and all things geeky
  • Tickets range from $70 to $110. Buy them online.

Memorial weekend Kitchen – May 27, 28, 29

  • LUSTER Rooftop Bar (2 E Jefferson St)
  • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
  • The chef will grill and offer classic dishes with live music every night

Walter Where?House Season Closing PartyMay 28

  • Walter Where?House (702 N 21st Ave)
  • 9pm – 3am, 21+
  • Listen to “mushroom jazz” and house music all night long as the venue prepares to wrap up its spring season
  • Admission is $26. Buy your tickets here.

Cobra Kai 80’s Night – May 29

  • Thunderbird Lounge (710 W Montecito Ave)
  • 12pm, 21+ only
  • Free event – step out in 80s gear and play hair metal and glam rock all night long.

Pre-memorial party at Lucky’s – May 29

  • Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor (817 N ​​2nd St)
  • 4 p.m.
  • Includes live music, Mexican food, and lots of cold beers

Foam Zone at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix – May 30

  • Phoenix Children’s Museum (215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The event, which kicks off Memorial Day and runs until August 31, features a huge blanket of bubbles for children to play in outside the museum entrance.
  • $16 per person, babies under 1 are free


3rd Annual Memorial Day Hike – May 30


Free Foam Frenzy – May 28, 29, 30

  • Arizona Parkway Yard (9500 East Vía de Ventura)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each day
  • Free water fun for kids, with foam parties, water games with fire trucks and battle zones with water jets

Remembrance Day WalkMay 30

  • Scottsdale Harley-Davidson (15656 N Hayden Rd)
  • Registration at 9 a.m., departure at 10 a.m.
  • Bikers will join them and ride to the National Memorial Cemetery to pay their respects. Motorcycle endorsement and proof of insurance required.
  • RSVP here: https://form.jotform.com/91255406830151


Red, White and Blue Memorial Day – May 28

  • AURA (411 S. Mill Ave)
  • 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., 18+ for the event
  • DJs, drinks and dancing
  • Tickets range from $20 to $30. Buy them here.

Richard F. Gandhi