Sure, Memorial Day is a great excuse for backyard barbecues and a relaxing three-day weekend, but it’s first and foremost a time to remember our fallen heroes and the men and women who have served (and are serving) our country. Here is a list of events and deals around the east valley this weekend that will help you do just that.
Memorial Day in Litchfield Park
Head out to the World War II Memorial on Litchfield Elementary School grounds to remember the fallen soldiers on Monday, May 25. The city will be remembering the fallen at a Memorial Day Ceremony. It will be a 30-minute event and will include floral tributes. It begins at 7 a.m. and is free. For more information visit litchfield-park.org.
Phoenix Memorial Observance Day
The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association will host its 32nd annual Memorial Day observance. It will be held at the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park in Phoenix. It will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday and will include featured speaker author Jana Bommersbach. There will be free parking. For more information visit azhistcemeteries.org.
Memorial Day Picnic
The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts is hosting a Memorial Day Picnic on Monday, May 25 at noon. The picnic will be held at Campo Verde High School in Gilbert and will cost $5 to attend. Lunch is free and includes hot dogs, beans, salad and a dessert. Public is invited to attend. For more information visit arizonaacademy.org.
ASU Symphonic Carillon
Join ASU in honoring Memorial Day with this concert held to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. Friday, May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. on the ASU Tempe campus at Old Main. For more information visit asu.edu/vppa/carillon.
Scottsdale Memorial Day Event
Honor those who have fallen at the Chaplain Statue at Scottsdale City Hall on Memorial Day. The event will be hosted by local veteran groups on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Public is invited. For more information call (480) 941-0130.
9th Annual Flags For Our Fallen Memorial Day Rally
Commemorate Memorial Day with American flags. Join the flag display and salute along with an official ceremony at the Phoenix National Cemetery. The event is free but you have the option to sponsor a flag for a $10 donation. Dozens of flags will be flown in memory of fallen soldiers. For more information visit ridersusa.net.
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, AZ 85310
On Sunday, May 24 Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix will host a fireworks show beginning at 9:45 p.m. The Red Rock Ravine Picnic area will be open for seating and will be the best viewing area. There will also be an all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner. Meal tickets are available to purchase online and at guest services. It is recommended that you pre-purchase your meal in advance as there is limited seating.
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden
2 East Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Guests can expect DJs, games like cornhole and table tennis, a photographer, prizes, pitchers of specialty cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun!
Saturday: *$10/person ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2-6 p.m.
Monday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2-6 p.m.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Scottsdale will honor the U.S. Armed Forces by offering retired and active personnel a 50% discount on their meal upon presenting their Military ID on Monday, May 25, 2015. Up to three guests for each retired or active duty personnel will receive 10% off of their lunch or dinner as well.
Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort are offering dining specials exclusively for U.S. troops on Monday, May 25. Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a two-for-one lunch at Casino Arizona’s Eagles Buffet or a two-for-one lunch at Talking Stick Resort’s Wandering Horse Buffet. Guests must present a Player Rewards Club card and either a Veteran’s card or valid Military ID to receive discount.
The Sip, Soak and Splash package for Memorial Day weekend at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is offered at $139 per night for stays from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, 2015. It includes accommodations and a total of four wristbands granting entrance for two children and two adults into the resort’s Soak and Splash water lawn.
Kiwanis Recreation Center. Wear red, white & blue May 23-25, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. to get half off wave pool admission. Regular prices: $5 (2-12 years), $7 (13+ years).
Roaring Fork in Scottsdale will be offering Dinner on Us – buy one entrée get the second one free from 4 p.m. to close including the signature Cedar Planked Salmon, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and more. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th only.