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Memorial Day Parade and Celebration

May 30, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Mike Long

The southeastern United States’ largest Memorial Day Parade and Celebration! – Thomasville, NC, May 30, 2016

For more than 25 years people from all over the southeast have flocked to Thomasville on Memorial Day Monday for the pageantry, to see the military vehicles, watch the skydivers, see the helicopters and much more; but they come primarily to pay tribute to the veterans and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
This year Amtrak will be making a special stop in Thomasville on Memorial Day.


Memorial Day, May 30, *Round trip Amtrak tickets for an adult:

  • High Point to Thomasville- $12
  • Salisbury to Thomasville- $12
  • Greensboro to Thomasville- $16
  • Kannapolis to Thomasville- $20
  • Burlington to Thomasville- $22
  • Charlotte to Thomasville- $30
  • Durham to Thomasville- $34
  • Cary to Thomasville- $38
  • Raleigh to Thomasville- $40


  • Child 2-12 with paying adult 50%
  • Active Military 10%
  • Student Advantage (age 16+) 10%
  • Veterans Advantage (age 18+) 15%
  • Senior Citizen (age 62+) 15%

Tickets available at or at a local Amtrak station. Trains will be arriving 8:10-8:45 and departing 1:13-1:45.

  • 8:30 am – Opening ceremonies begin at the NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on I-85
  • 9:00 am – Interviews and music at the Bandstand on North Main
  • 10:00 am – The parade will commence at the Big Chair and winding nearly one mile to Cushwa Stadium for the rest of the day’s festivities
  • 10:30 am – Cushwa Stadium opens
  • 11:15 am – Gov. Pat McCrory – Keynote Speaker
  • 11:30 am  – Other Dignitaries Speak
  • 12:00 pm – Presentation to Families
  • 12:30 pm – Parachutists Jump

Additional details: Free hot dogs and drinks will be served to the first 10,000 people. There will be special performances at the stadium by the Special Forces Association Parachute Team. There will be Vietnam era helicopters and a Blackhawk for people to sit in and take pictures of. A special presentation will be made to families who lost loved ones in the line of duty in the previous year as plaques are presented by several high-ranking Generals. Following presentations there will be a keynote address followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. Admission is always free.

All are welcome and encouraged to come and honor our veterans. If you are a veteran and would like to march in the parade please call: 336-596-9477.