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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where: The Air Force Memorial, located south of Arlington National Cemetery, and west of the Pentagon.
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.
Where: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Where: the National World War II Memorial