Last updated: May 10, 2023
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Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria
The Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria is an annual event featuring over 15,000 lanterns in the cemetery – one for each soldier buried in the cemetery grounds. This event takes place on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The luminaria honors soldiers who have died in the service of this country.
2023 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria
Saturday, May 27, 2023
8 pm - 11 pm
Note: Our staff is working on planning the luminaria event and details are subject to change.
The cemetery is located at the intersection of Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard. Attendees may park at the University of Mary Washington lot at the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. The Fredericksburg Trolley will provide free shuttle service between the parking area and the national cemetery. Accessible parking for vehicles with state-issued accessible hangtags or license plates will be available in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center lot at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard.
About the Luminaria
Join us for the 28th annual luminaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Visit the cemetery between 8 pm to 11 pm to experience the luminaria. This event is free to the public. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, May 28.
During the luminaria, 15,300 candles brighten the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Each candle represents a soldier buried in the cemetery and honors those who died in the service of this country. Throughout the evening a bugler will play “Taps” every 30 minutes as park staff posted throughout the cemetery relate stories about some of the soldiers.
The Fredericksburg National Cemetery was established in 1866 and remained open for military burials until 1945. It holds the remains of 15,243 soldiers, sailors and Marines, most of whom died during the Civil War. At least 85% of the graves are unidentified, resulting in over 12,770 unknowns. The annual luminaria has served as a poignant tribute to the fallen since 1996. Learn more about the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.
This event would not be possible without the assistance of local Scouts, who volunteer to set up and light the luminarias.
A separate commemorative ceremony will be held at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th.
Please note that pets are not permitted in the cemetery.
Fredericksburg National Cemetery is located atop Marye's Heights. Reaching the cemetery requires walking up a short, but steep hill. For the event, we will have golf carts available for transportation up to the cemetery for those who require assistance.
We strive to make our programs as enjoying and fullfilling for as many people as possible. If you or a member of your party needs any accomodations or has any concerns, feel free to contact the park and we will do our best to meet your needs.