Annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination

Graves illuminated by candles with large monument in center at night
Humphries Monument in Fredericksburg National Cemetery during annual illumination

Rebecca Cunningham


Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria at National Cemetery Continues Community Tradition

On the evening of Saturday, May 26, 2018, more than 15,300 candles will light the Fredericksburg National Cemetery for the twenty-third annual luminaria honoring those who gave their lives for their country.

The program extends from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the cemetery, which will remain open until the luminaria lights are out. The program's rain date is Sunday, May 27.

This commemoration includes a historical walking tour to view the thousands of lighted candles. Each honors one of the soldiers buried in the cemetery, situated atop the battlefield landmark of Marye's Heights. Taps will be played every 30 minutes.

Due to limited parking, a free shuttle service will operate from the University of Mary Washington parking lot on the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, with another shuttle operating between that point and the cemetery.

Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery.

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Last updated: April 15, 2018

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