Graceland expected to charge for visits to Elvis' grave

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the first time since Elvis Presley's death, you will have to pay to visit his gravesite.

This year, Elvis Week, which begins this weekend, promises to draw one of its largest crowds ever because this will be the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.

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Every year, tens of thousands of people come to pay tribute to Elvis, with the crescendo happening on the eve of his death, August 15th.

That's when those thousands stream quietly by the gravesite to pay their respects.

But this year, we found out, fans, for the first time ever, will have to pay to get onto the grounds at Graceland for the vigil.

A wrist-band will cost between $28-$75 and without it, Elvis fans will not be allowed through the gates of Graceland.

We reached out to Elvis Presley Enterprises Thursday evening and they gave us this statement.

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 us.

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. 

The only issue is the fact that not all fans who want to take part in the vigil, actually pay for any of the tours in and around Graceland.