Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May. Its purpose is to honor and remember the men and women who died serving in the United States military. Riverside County has many activities for Memorial Day 2024. You can pay respects, spend time with family, or learn about history. Here are some of the more popular Memorial Day events in Riverside County.

Riverside National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony


One of the most significant events in the county is the Memorial Day Ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery. People come here to honor fallen soldiers. They decorate graves with wreaths, pay tribute, and remember those we have lost. This is similar to events held at the more well-known Arlington National Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, Riverside National Cemetery holds a ceremony to honor veterans. The event includes wreaths, music, and speeches from military and civic leaders. This event reminds us of the sacrifices made by service members and is a meaningful way to show respect.

Date and Time: Monday, May 27, 2024, at 11:00 AM

Location: Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518

Eastvale’s Memorial Day Tribute

Eastvale, a community within Riverside County, holds an annual Memorial Day Tribute at the Eastvale Community Center. This event is ideal for families, children and seniors.

It includes a patriotic ceremony that includes a flag-raising and a moment of silence. Tributes from local veterans and officials also occur. This is an opportunity for residents to gather and honor those who have served while enjoying community camaraderie.

Date and Time: Monday, May 27, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Eastvale Community Center, 13820 Schleisman Road, Eastvale, CA 92880

Menifee Memorial Day Parade and Family Fun Day


In Menifee, the Memorial Day Parade is a vibrant and heartfelt event that brings the community together. The parade features floats, marching bands, and local organizations paying homage to veterans.

After the parade, Menifee hosts a Family Fun Day at Wheatfield Park. This event includes food vendors, live music and activities for kids. It combines remembrance with community spirit, making it a great way to spend the day with family.

Date and Time: Monday, May 27, 2024, Parade at 10:00 AM, Family Fun Day from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Parade starts at Menifee City Hall, 29844 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92586

Family Fun Day: Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road, Menifee, CA 92584

Murrieta Field of Honor

Murrieta’s Field of Honor is a week-long event that culminates on Memorial Day. The Rotary Club of Murrieta sets up a breathtaking display of hundreds of American flags at Town Square Park. Each flag represents a hero, and visitors can dedicate flags to veterans, active-duty military, or first responders. On Memorial Day, there is a special ceremony featuring guest speakers, a reading of names, and patriotic music.

Date and Time: Flags on display from May 18-27, 2024; Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2024, at 10:00 AM

Location: Town Square Park, 11 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562

Temecula’s “A Salute to the Fallen”


Temecula honors Memorial Day with “A Salute to the Fallen.” This is a special Memorial Day service held at the Temecula Civic Center. This event includes a formal program with a color guard presentation, guest speakers, and a moment of silence. The city also features a display of military memorabilia and photographs honoring local service members.

Date and Time: Monday, May 27, 2024, at 9:00 AM

Location: Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Tips for Attending Memorial Day Events

  1. Arrive Early: Many events, especially ceremonies at cemeteries and parades, can draw large crowds. Arrive early to find a good place to sit and watch the parade.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Memorial Day in Riverside County can be quite warm. Dress comfortably, and consider wearing a hat and sunscreen.
  3. Respect the Atmosphere: Memorial Day events are often solemn and reflective. Be mindful of the tone and respect those who are there to honor loved ones.
  4. Engage with the Community: These events are also about community. Take the time to talk to veterans, listen to their stories, and engage with local history.

Memorial Day weekend events in Riverside County cater to everyone, including ceremonies, parades, and family activities. Celebrate this day of remembrance while reflecting on history and honoring all those who have served.

Salus Hospice Riverside County honors veterans on Memorial Day and throughout the year. To learn more about our hospice pinning ceremonies and partnership with the We Honor Veterans program, contact us today.