Graceland gives up on candlelight vigil fee

Fans pack Graceland in Memphis for the Elvis Presley candlelight vigil in 2017. (WREG)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elvis Presley fans will no longer pay nearly $30 to visit his grave during the annual candlelight vigil on his death anniversary in Memphis.

Graceland officials say the charge to walk past Presley’s resting place at his former home during Elvis Week has been discontinued. Devotees flock to Graceland every year to honor the rock n’ roll icon during Elvis Week, the celebration of Presley’s career as a singer and actor.

Presley died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.

Graceland instituted the $28 charge in 2017, on the 40th anniversary of his death. The change upset some fans who were accustomed to participating in the vigil, free of charge.

Some fans last year said they were shocked by the fee, but it didn’t seem to keep crowds away. Memphis police estimated 50,000 to 60,000 fans visited in 2017.