2017 Special Event Schedule.
Stones River National Battlefield hosts several special events throughout each year ranging from lantern tours of the cemetery to volunteer projects. See our Schedule of Events for times and detailed program descriptions.
February 18, 2017: Hallowed Grounds: Touring the Cemetery Community - Visit several sites where formerly enslaved people labored to overcome many challenges and forge new lives in freedom at 10 AM and 1 PM.
March 3-4, 2017: 90th Anniversary Celebration - Help us celebrate our 90th birthday with a cake on Friday and special programs on Saturday.
April 1, 2017: Park Day Volunteer Project and NPS Centennial Celebration - Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday by helping us remove trash and invasive exotic plants from national and city park sites in Old Fort Park. Families can also learn more about our community's historic and natural resources by participating in a array of special programs and hands-on activities.
May 6, 2017: Decoration Day - Join the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County Tennessee and Friends of the Stones River National Battlefield as we remember the first Decoration Day in 1865 and celebrate freedom much as the residents of the Cemetery Community did for years to come.
May 27, 2017: Scouts Place Flags in Stones River National Cemetery - Join hundreds of scouts at 10 AM as they place flags on more than 7,000 grave sites in Stones River National Cemetery.
May 28, 2017: Memorial Day Service - This 1:30 PM program at the national cemetery rostrum will include patriotic music, a wreath laying ceremony, a three volley salute by Civil War reenactors, and the reading of the names of veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day. Refreshments will be served after the program near the maintenance area.
September 30, 2017: National Public Lands Day - Join hundreds of local volunteers and thousands more across the nation as they work to improve America's public lands.