Memorial Day Activities in Mesa, Arizona

While many Mesa families may use the day off of work and school to take a long weekend to cooler climates, such as in the Northern part of Arizona, the city offers plenty of options for those sticking around town on Memorial Day. Activities range from events to do especially with the holiday, while others see it as a kick-off to summer. The last day for Mesa Public Schools is typically the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day.

Mesa Cemetery Memorial Day Observation

The Mesa Cemetery hosts a Memorial Day commemoration each year for those wanting to honor departed relatives. Cemetery staff helps visitors by handing out flags, locating grave sites, and other questions. A local Boy Scouts of America troop sets up flags at the cemetery on Memorial Day and other holidays. Veterans hold a special place of honor at these events. Mesa Cemetery 1212 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ 85201 480-644-2335

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park

The Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park traditionally holds a memorial service on Memorial Day with music, speakers with inspirational messages, military honors and refreshments. The guest speaker is usually a well-known expert on grief and remembering ancestors. Guests can also spend time in Mariposa's Serenity Garden. Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park 400 S. Power Road Mesa, AZ 85206 480-830-4422

Golfland SunSplash

Golfland SunSplash is open on Memorial Day for normal operating hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. SunSplash Waterpark has waterslides, a pool, lazy river, a family fun center, arcade, miniature golf, bumper boats and more. Golfland SunSplash 155 W. Hampton Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210 480-834-8319

Salt River Tubing

Many Mesa families kick off their summer floating on the Salt River on Memorial Day weekend. The event, on the lower Salt, is known for its "floating picnics," in which floaters link their tubes together, and bring along coolers with food. Salt River Tubing kicks off its no-littering campaign during the Memorial Day weekend and hands out garbage bags in which tubers can dispose of trash as they enjoy the river. Salt River Tubing and Recreation 9200 N. Bush Hwy. Mesa, AZ 85215 480-984-3305


Mesa City typically opens its many public pools on Memorial Day weekend with selected pools open on the Monday holiday itself. With average high temperatures in the 90s, swimming may be the preferred activity for Mesa families on the holiday weekend. Mesa Parks and Recreation 200 S. Center St. Building 1 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-644-2352

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