Bay Area Memorial Day events


A Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Benicia Military Cemetery.


For GPS directions to the Benicia Military Cemetery, use the following address: 735 Buchanan St. Benicia 94510


The 18th Annual Memorial Day Program takes place on Monday, May 30th at Cypress Lawn at 1 p.m.

Every year Cypress Lawn pays tribute to all veterans for their service in defense of freedom. All families and friends of veterans and the general public are welcome to a memorial service for our fallen heroes. Cypress Lawn is proud to sponsor the largest Annual Memorial Day Event and Avenue of Flags in San Mateo County. Light refreshments are served.


Yolanda Vega, Gold Star Mother & BG Barton Gilbert, U.S.A. (Ret) will be the featured speakers at the East Bay's largest traditional Memorial Day Remembrance on Monday at Oak Hill Park in Danville, at the site of the beautiful All Wars Memorial. Seating opens at 10 a.m. with music beginning at 10:30 a.m. and a program at 11 a.m.

After, or before the program, visit the All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park - on Stone Valley Road, next to Monte Vista High School - lots of free parking. It's a community event - free and open to the public.


7th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival

The Hillsborough community will kick off the celebration Monday starting with the parade, which will include floats walking and riding through town in honor of this patriotic holiday, celebrating the community and country.

Returning this year are the San Mateo County Horsemen's Association Color Guard, Wells Fargo Stagecoach, the San Mateo Marching Band, the Burlingame High School Band, the Los Trancos Marching Band, our schools, our dignitaries, community services organizations and so much more.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall. The route goes straight up Floribunda, left on Eucalyptus, finishing at North Hillsborough Elementary School. Anthony Ranii, for his second year, will be the parade announcer at the Floribunda circle and Larry Raffo is the announcer at North School, for his 7th year in a row.

At North School the carnival has an early start at 10 a.m. The Observance Ceremony will be right after the end of the parade, at approximately 11:45 a.m. The music festival will begin immediately after that, around noon. Games, crafts, a petting zoo, and dunk tank are all part of the fun again this year. Proceeds go to fund the Adopt A Unit program.

Stay for lunch - bring your picnic blanket. Food trucks this year include Speedy Panini, Sam's Chowder House and Flamin' Dog with new comers this year Tacos Peralta and Sajj Street Eats. We will also have ice cream service as well.


A special Memorial Day Vigil will be held at the Crosses of Lafayette on Monday at 7 p.m. The public is invited to come together to express sadness for the ongoing wars in the Middle East, and with determination to create a world where war is unacceptable.

This year the vigil will include Congressman Mark DeSaulnier along with speakers from several other support organizations. Laura Zucker and The Musicians Action Group will provide music, poet Fred Norman and another Veterans for Peace member will recite poetry.  

The Crosses are located across from the Lafayette BART station on Deer Hill Road.  Parking is available at the BART station. The event is open to the public.



In honor of our WWII Veterans ~ The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour Brings Extremely Rare Bomber and Fighter Aircraft for Local Living History Display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into Livermore Municipal Airport in Livermore, CA for a visit from May 29 to May 31 . This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.


Livermore Municipal Airport in Livermore, located at Main Terminal, 636 Terminal Circle.


Hours of ground tours and display are: 12:00 PM through 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 29; 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Monday, May 30; 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31; . The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

Mill Valley

A Mill Valley Parade Memorial Parade begins at 10 a.m.


Milpitas will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30 at the Veterans Memorial Flag Plaza next to city hall, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd..

San Anselmo

A Memorial Day barbeque takes place from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Log Cabin Dugout Bar at 20 Veterans Place. Get there early for a free barbeque. All vets will get their first free drink for free.

San Francisco

An Annual Memorial Day Ceremony is planned at the Presidio on Monday

The 148th  San Francisco Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. One of the largest Memorial Day events in the nation, the Presidio ceremony regularly draws more than 2,500 people. This year, the event will pay special tribute to veterans of the Korean War, the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, and the 150th anniversary of the creation of six all African American units in the United States Army, later nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers. 

The Memorial Day events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the 191st Army Band leading a grand march of veterans, distinguished guests and historic vehicles from the Presidio Officers' Club to the National Cemetery at 1 Lincoln Boulevard. The formal ceremony begins in the National Cemetery at 11 a.m.

"It is a great privilege for the Presidio Trust (Trust) to support the Memorial Day ceremony," said Michael Boland, Presidio Trust Acting Executive Director. "The Trust is committed to welcoming veterans and active duty military personnel to the Presidio, and sharing the Presidio's rich military history with the public."

This year's featured speaker, the Honorable Quentin L. Kopp, Captain USAFR (Ret.), will give a special salute to the Korean War Memorial, which is currently under construction across from the main entrance of the San Francisco National Cemetery. A former San Francisco Supervisor, California State Senator and San Mateo Superior Court Judge, Mr. Kopp is a veteran of the Korean War, and now President and Chairman of the Korean War Memorial Foundation.
National Cemetery in the Presidio is a designated National Historic Landmark, dating from the 1846 war with Mexico. More than 35,000 veterans and their dependents are buried there.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. with a parade. It's followed by a formal ceremony that starts at around 11 a.m. Many local politicians and military personnel will speak. At the end, the U.S. Army's 75th Pacific Division will honor those we lost with a 21-gun salute.

This year's parade through the Presidio starts at 10:30 a.m. It begins at the Main Post (on Anza between Sheridan and Lincoln Boulevard) and ends at the National Cemetery.

Every year, it starts with the 191st Army Band followed by veterans organizations and distinguished guests. The parade lasts about 30 minutes.

San Jose

10:00a.m. Memorial Day program featuring the San Jose Metropolitan Band

Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, San Jose


Oak Hill Cemetery Memorial Day Service

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Mayor Liccardo will give brief remarks at this event honoring those we have lost while serving in the armed forces.


South San Francisco

7:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast to start Memorial Day celebration activities in South San Francisco. Followed by a 9:30 a.m. Procession to the city's eternal flame sculpture at Orange Memorial Park.

Breakfast at fire station 61, 480 N. Canal St., South San Francisco

Contact: Leslie Arroyo at