Memorial Day weekend in Washington DC is a time for remembrance and thanks for those who fought and died serving the United States. There is no location better suited to this celebration and memorial than Washington DC and it's numerous memorials permanently remembering the service of those who paid the ultimate price for the nation. The National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Naval Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery are among the nearby attractions hosting events on Memorial Day, in addition to major events including the National Memorial Day Parade and Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally.

2013 Memorial Day Major Events

The National Memorial Day Parade

When: 2PM, Monday, May 27, 2013

Where: The parade travels along Constitution Ave., with the reviewing stand near the National Archives.

What: The Memorial Day Parade is a great celebration of the men and women who have served the United States. Floats, bands, military units, and veterans are among the nearly 200 groups participating in the parade. The parade is a chance to thank those who have served and remember those lost. The parade is similar to the famous 4th of July parade, but tends to be have somewhat lower attendance, making it a great opportunity to enjoy the festivities without the huge crowd.

Transportation: Several metro stops service the National Mall. Those close to Constitution Ave include: Federal Triangle Station, Smithsonian Station, Archives Station, and JudicarySquareStation.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

When: Noon, Sunday, May 26, 2013

Where: The rally rides from the Pentagon parking lot, across the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and around the National Mall.

What: Held each Memorial Day Weekend, the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally recognizes those Americans held as Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. The rally includes some 400,000 riders traveling from the Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, VA into Washington DC and around the National Mall, as well as other weekend events.

Arlington National Cemetery


  • Flags in - Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Wreath Laying and Ceremony (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) - 11AM, May 27, 2013
  • Wreath Laying and Ceremony (Women In Military Service For America Memorial) - 4PM, May 27, 2013

Where: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

What: Flags In is a tradition in which 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment soldiers and other active duty members of the military place flags in front of each gravestone which remain through Memorial Day.

Transportation: Arlington Cemetery Station is located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

National Memorial Day Concert

When: 8PM, Sunday, May 26, 2013 (gates open 5PM)

Where: West Lawn of the US Capitol Building

What: An concert sponsored by PBS, head on the West Lawn of the US Capitol Building, including the National Symphony Orchestra.

Transportation: Capitol South Station is closest. Federal Center Station, JudicarySquareStation, and Union Station are nearby.

Other Memorial Day Events

Air Force Memorial


  • Wreath Laying and Ceremony - 9AM, May 27, 2013

Where: The Air Force Memorial, located south of Arlington National Cemetery, and west of the Pentagon.

Transportation: Though still a short walk away, Pentagon Station and Pentagon City Station are closest to the memorial.

Navy Memorial


  • Rolling Thunder Wreath Laying and Ceremony - 11AM, May 25, 2013
  • Wreath Laying 10AM, May 27, 2013
  • Navy Band Concert 12AM, May27, 2013
  • Wreath Laying, 1AM, May 27, 2013

Where: The Navy Memorial, located just north of the National Archives

Transportation: The memorial is located at the Archives Station. It is also near many other stations, including Gallery Place Station, Metro Center Station, Federal Triangle Station, and JudicarySquareStation.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial


  • Wreath Laying - 1PM, May 27, 2013

Where: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Transportation: The memorial is located on the National Mall, closest to Foggy Bottom Station and Smithsonian Station

World War II Memorial


  • Wreath Laying and Ceremony - 9AM, May 27, 2013

Where: the National World War II Memorial

Transportation: Close stations include Smithsonian Station and Federal Triangle Station

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