First time in Candle Light vigil fans will pay to visit grave site
Elvis, his parents Gladys and Vernon, and grandmother Minnie Mae are buried at Mediation Gardens
Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) announced Thursday, August 10, 2017 of new changes to their Graceland visitors policy that will cause only paying guests the opportunity to visit Elvis Presley’s grave in Memphis, Tennessee.
Graceland is the second most visited home in the United, after the White House in Washington, D.C. Elvis Week begins this weekend and Memphis anticipates one of the largest crowds ever to attend because of the 40th anniversary of his death. Historically, thousands of fans holding candles on August 15, walk from the front gates of Graceland to the grave site for a silent memorial service. Elvis died upstairs in his bathroom directly above the entrance of Graceland on August 16, 1977.
Because of security and safety, EPE indicates fans without wristbands will not be allowed through the gates of Graceland for the candlelight vigil. Depending on the ticket type, wristbands costs between $28-$75 each.
EPE released the following statement Thursday night:
This year we have updated our security measures at Graceland for Elvis Week, as we anticipate very large crowds for this 40th anniversary. In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.
An Elvis Week property pass wristband now allows guests to enter all non-ticketed parts of Graceland property throughout Elvis Week, including the Elvis Week entertainment tent, ticket pavilion, restaurants and select gift shops, plus free parking after 5 pm. This wristband is included with a ticket to Elvis Presley’s Memphis during Elvis week (our lowest priced tour ticket). Since the vast majority of our guests take our tour as part of their visit during Elvis Week, there is no additional cost to them.
During the candlelight vigil evening, we invite everyone to join us on Elvis Presley Blvd. In front of the mansion. Guests are welcome to stay in this area throughout the evening to watch the candlelight vigil ceremony, and observe the procession without a property pass.
As with all other Elvis Week events on the Graceland campus, to join the procession up to meditation garden, guests will need their Elvis Week property pass wristband. For guests who join us for vigil night only and wish to join the procession, they will be able to purchase an Elvis Presley’s Memphis tour ticket that evening and receive their property pass.