Columbus Ohio Memorial Day Events & Things To Do

Celebrate Memorial Day in Central Ohio: Events and Activities

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In Central Ohio, there are plenty of ways to commemorate this important day with events, ceremonies, and activities. Here are a few Memorial Day events and things to do around the Columbus area.

1. Memorial Day Parades

Central Ohio hosts several Memorial Day parades perfect for families and individuals alike.

  • Worthington Memorial Day Parade: This annual parade starts at 10 AM on Memorial Day and proceeds through downtown Worthington. It features marching bands, veterans' groups, and local organizations. Learn More
  • Westerville Memorial Day Weekend Events & Parade: The parade begins at 9 AM. It ravels through Uptown Westerville and includes a special ceremony at Otterbein Cemetery. Learn more about Westerville's Memorial Weekend Events 
  • Dublin Memorial Day Parade: Join the City of Dublin and the Wesley G. Davids Dublin Post 800 of the American Legion on May 27 for their Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The event starts at 11:30 AM at the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park and honors the men and women who lost their lives in service to the country. Learn More

2. Memorial Ceremonies

Honor the fallen with solemn ceremonies held throughout Central Ohio.

  • Ohio Statehouse Memorial Ceremony: Held at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on May 23rd, this ceremony includes a wreath-laying, speeches from veterans, and a 21-gun salute. Learn More
  • Union Cemetery Memorial Day Service: Located in Columbus, Union Cemetery's service starts at 10am in Sec. 14 on the West side of Olentangy River Rd. It features musical tributes, readings, and a reflection on the contributions of military service members. Learn More

3. Outdoor Activities and Picnics

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with outdoor activities and picnics.

  • Franklin Park Conservatory: Spend the day exploring the lush gardens and engaging in fun activities. See What's Coming Up on Memorial Day Weekend
  • Highbanks Metro Park: Perfect for hiking, bird watching, and picnicking. This park offers scenic trails and plenty of picnic areas. Learn More
  • 2nd Annual Rockin’ the Block: From May 25-27, visit Historic Lions Park in Millersport for live music, car and bike shows, food trucks, and more. The event supports first responders, veterans, and small businesses. Activities include a kids zone, craft vendors, and The Eyes of Freedom: Traveling Memorial Exhibit​. Learn More

4. Concerts and Performances

Experience live music and performances dedicated to honoring military service.

  • Mozart's Mass in C Minor: On May 24-25, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s sublime Mass in C Minor at the Ohio Theatre. Conducted by Rossen Milanov, this concert features soloists and the Columbus Symphony Chorus. Don’t miss the pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM with WOSU Classical 101’s Christopher Purdy. Learn More
  • Jazz in the Park: On May 27, head to Havenwood Park in Bexley for an evening of jazz featuring the New Basics Brass Band. The event starts with a Summer Serenade by students from Mason Studio at 4 PM, followed by the main act at 5:30 PM. Enjoy food trucks and a festive atmosphere. Learn More
  • Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series: Kick off Memorial Day Weekend on Friday the 24th with live music in Town Center Park. Learn More

5. Historical Sites and Museums

Learn more about American history and military heritage.

  • National Veterans Memorial and Museum: For Memorial Day Weekend, the museum has a lineup of events including the "Ghost Army" exhibition opening on May 24, a CrossFit Hero Workout and Motorcycle Ride on May 25, a Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil on May 26, and a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on May 27​. Learn More
  • Ohio History Center: From a Serpent Mound Archaeology Tour to a Celtic Heritage Festival and a talk about odonata (aka dragonflies), there's a lot happening this weekend at the History Center. See Events Calendar

6. Festival

Join in on the fun at the Utica Ice Cream Festival!

  • Utica Ice Cream Festival: From May 25-27, enjoy ice cream, crafts, and entertainment at Velvet Ice Cream’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica. This festival offers fun for all ages and is a great way to celebrate the holiday weekend. Learn More

7. Go For a Run

Stay active and support great causes with local Memorial Day runs.

  • UACA Memorial Day Run: On May 29, join the 51st annual UACA Memorial Day Run in Upper Arlington. This 5K race starts at 8:30 AM, with a 1-mile option starting at 8:40 AM. The event honors Steven Stivers, Major General (Retired), Ohio Army National Guard. Registration fees apply, and packet pickup is available before race day and on the day of the event​. Learn More
  • Roosters Memorial Day 5K: On May 27, participate in this run at Hilliard's Station Park. The race starts at 8 AM and supports Honor Flight Columbus. Registration fees apply, and all participants receive a race t-shirt and finishers medal. Learn More
  • PetPromise Rescue Run: Held on May 25 at McFerson Commons in Columbus, this 5K run/walk benefits homeless pets. The event includes a 5K race, a 1-mile fun walk, and pet-friendly activities. Registration fees apply. Learn More

Central Ohio offers a wide array of events and activities to commemorate Memorial Day. Whether you prefer attending parades, participating in solemn ceremonies, enjoying outdoor activities, or running for a cause, there are numerous ways to honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom. Gather your family and friends and make this Memorial Day a memorable and meaningful one.

Want To See Homes For Sale This Weekend?

If you're in the market for a new home, you may be house-hunting this weekend. To schedule showings of homes for sale in Central Ohio, call or text us at 614-830-9767. Start by browsing this week's new listings in Central Ohio.

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