2023 Memorial Day weekend plans in Columbus, OH

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Columbus, Ohio with local events and ceremonies + find veterans organizations to support.

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Admission to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is free on Monday, May 29. | Photo by @nationalvmm

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, a day that is dedicated to honoring and remembering US military personnel who lost their lives while serving. We’re here to make sure you can celebrate the weekend in a local way.

Plus, don’t forget all local government offices, school districts, and post offices will be closed on Monday. Free parking will be available on City of Columbus streets.


Add these ceremonies + food-forward events to your calendar this weekend.

  • Memorial Weekend “Food is Love” Barbeque Throwdown | Saturday, May 27 | 3-11 p.m. | Heart State Brewing, 750 Cross Pointe Rd., Columbus | $20-$25 | Indulge in slow smoked meats and traditional barbecue sides while listening to live music.
  • C’est La Vie Day Party | Sunday, May 28 | 4-8 p.m. | The Kee, 225 Neilston St., Downtown | $0-$10 | Enjoy live music and specialty cocktails at Columbus’ newest entertainment space.
  • Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony | Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m. | National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St., Downtown | Free | Listen to a keynote message from General Michael Garrett, who served in the US Army for 37 years.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony | Monday, May 29 | 10:30 a.m. | Union Grove Cemetery, 400 Winchester Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester | Free | A a flag retirement ceremony will be held by the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Veteran organizations

If you’re looking to give back, check out these five local organizations that support veterans:

Bonus: If your long-weekend plans include staying home, here are five grilling tips from James “Ray Ray” Anderson, the owner of Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

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