It’s the traditional weekend to kick off our favorite outdoor activities—BBQs, lawn games, picnics, and swimming pools—and an important time of tribute to fallen heroes for our country. Make the most of your long weekend with family and friends by visiting a museum to remember the historical events that have shaped our nation, grilling and celebrating in the back yard, and attending some of these parades, festivals, and patriotic gatherings across DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally: Beginning at the Pentagon and cruising through W. Potomac Park, start your engines to honor our lost soldiers. Sunday at 8am.
National Memorial Day Concert: A celebrated and free musical tribute on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Sunday from 8-9:30pm.
National Memorial Day Parade: The biggest Memorial Day parade in the country, with an abundance of patriotic floats, performances, and excitement. The parade runs along Constitution Ave, Monday at 2pm.
Nats vs Padres: Aside from paying respects to our military men and women, what better way to enjoy the weekend than with the great American pastime of baseball! Cheer on the Nats on Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:05pm. If you’re an O’s fan, check out the game versus the Yankees on Monday at 1:05pm!
National Mall Memorials: If sitting in a dense parade crowd isn’t your style (or your small children’s style!), opt for a leisurely stroll by the various memorials on the National Mall—the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, to name a few.
Arlington National Cemetery: Visit the hallowed historic graves at Arlington to offer your memorializing flags and roses. The wreath-laying ceremony is Monday at 11am.
Viva Vienna: Food, rides, entertainment, vendors, and salutes make this festival a great family-friendly way to celebrate on Memorial Day weekend. Located in historic Vienna, 245 Maple Ave W. Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm, Monday 10am-6pm.
Falls Church Memorial Day Parade: With food and live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, and a veterans’ ceremony, marching by Falls Church City Hall at 223 Little Falls St. Sunday from 9am-5pm.
Brew at the Zoo: Celebrate the freedom our soldiers fought for with a family day—it’ll be a brew-tiful weekend for craft beer and visiting the animals! Ask your concierge about discounted Maryland Zoo tickets valid at this event. Saturday and Sunday 1pm-7pm.
Hometown Holidays: Part music festival, part Taste of Rockville, and part commemorative holiday ceremony, the Rockville Hometown Holidays event is packed with food and fun all weekend long! Saturday and Sunday 2pm-10pm, Monday 9am-1pm.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Timonium: Music, wreath-laying, and 21-gun-salute in a classic remembrance style. This is an ideal ceremony for those with a highly patriotic enthusiasm for the holiday’s tradition—military band and choir, and a keynote speaker. Monday 10am-12pm at the Circle of the Immortals at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
Annapolis Memorial Day Parade: An annual tradition along the parade route from West St to Church Circle and on to Main St, with a ceremony upon arrival at Susan Campbell Park, where a beautiful maritime background sets a reverent mood against the Annapolis Harbor. Monday at 10am.