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243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball


Friday, November 16, 2018
Private Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm
Cocktail Hour 6:00 pm
Official Ceremony 7:00 pm
Dinner and Dancing ’til Midnight.


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway • Arlington, VA 22202

Reservations for the hotel:
1-800-228-9290, 703-920-3230 or here. Cut off date for hotel reservations is Friday, October 26, 2018. By phone: mention Henderson Hall Marine Corps Birthday Ball for discount rate.

Room Prices:
• Standard Room: King/Double $129+tax per night.
• Additional Jr. Suites: $159+tax per night.

Parking rates for reservations at the hotel:
• Self-Parking fee: $10* per car.
• Valet parking fee: $34** per car.
* Parking vouchers will be available at the reception desk.
** Valet Parking is available at the Main Entrance of the Hotel.

Hotel Links:

Hotel Website Hotel Map


Join the Marines of H&S Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, as they celebrate the 243rd birthday of their beloved Corps. Tickets are on sale until November 10 at midnight. Seating and ticketing are online. Pay online with a credit card through PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed to purchase). Tickets are not refundable.

Ticket prices are:
• E1-E5: $40.
• SNCOs: $55.
• Officers, Retirees & Civilians : $65.

Guest of Honor (coming soon)


Photos will be available for purchase and take home the night of the Ball. MyEasyPhoto will be located onsite for formal pictures from 5:00 - 11:00 pm. The photographer will capture a minimum of two poses for guests to make their selection. Guests may select different 'photo crops' to fulfill their order: Full Length, ‎3/4 Crop or 1/2 Crop.

Click here to see the Photo Prices & Packages


A free shuttle will start at 4:30 pm at the Marine Corps Exchange and stop at the barracks (Bldg 416, Ft Myer). The shuttle will run continuously "round robin" with the last pick up at the Marine Corps Exchange at 6:30 pm.

The shuttle will resume at 9:00 pm at the hotel and will run continuously "round robin" until 11:30 pm. The shuttle will drop off in front of the barracks and then finally at the Marine Corps Exchange.


This year's Birthday Ball memento is a Marine Corps 243rd Birthday Canteen Cup.