*PLEASE NOTE: This post was for the 2016 event. The details for the 2017 Luminaria are here.*
Every year on Memorial Day Weekend in Fredericksburg, VA, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts light over 15,000 candles (“luminaries”) on the hills of the Fredericksburg Battlefield and National Cemetery to honor American veterans. The annual Luminaria is one of the most beautiful memorial displays in the region – and it’s free to the public. I’m delighted to help support the event again this year.
If you’re looking for something fun to do on Sat, May 28, consider stopping by. The Luminaria at its peak, fully lit in the dark of night is a sight to behold and well worth the trip to the National Cemetery, just off of the Blue and Gray Parkway. The atmosphere is casual and National Park Service guides will be available to answer questions. There are also regular brief “tours” for those who would like to understand more about the history of the battlefield, the cemetery, and the Luminaria. The event details are below:
2016 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 PM – (varies)
Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitors’ Center
1013 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Please note that the event is getting more popular each year and parking immediately adjacent to the battlefield can be hard to come by. Drive slowly and safely, and be prepared to walk a few blocks to the National Cemetery. The evenings are normally warm, so a short walk through the surrounding neighborhoods to the National Cemetery is just as lovely as being among the thousands of flickering lights on the hillsides.