If anyone does it up for Memorial Day the most, you definitely know it’s us.  the district is full of some really amazing events for Memorial Day — too many to account for, really. This special weekend  commemorate the various Brave veterans who gave their lives for our beautiful nation and is a wonderful time to be a part of the district and feel all of the love that our community has to offer.

If you’re looking for events to attend for Memorial Day, then you’re in luck because we’re bringing you a list of the top event that you absolutely can’t miss if you plan on celebrating Memorial Day and Washington DC.  These events are the highly publicized ones that pretty much every tourist needs to know about and also includes local favorites which have been known to draw a significant crowd and rile up the street.

The purpose of this post is to give you a weekend guide  of must-see events for the holiday so that you can schedule and prepare accordingly. Keep in mind that these events tend to get extremely packed so making sure that you are already and in attendance bright and early  before they begin is definitely going to be key

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

This awesome choral festival Child at the Kennedy Center and is a powerful concert experience that showcases  300 beautiful voices accompanied by the United States Air Force Orchestra. These amazing musicians and singers come together this year for this beautiful act in honor of  Memorial Day and we absolutely can’t wait to experience it.

Tickets are available upon request and shows start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Mathieu Marquer National Memorial Day Concert
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

This amazing concert will be showcased on the west lawn of the US Capitol courtesy of PBS and is created to honor the various brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the good of our nation. This event is free of charge and held the day before Memorial Day starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

Actors Joe Mantegna  and Gary Sinise will be hosting the proceedings which will also feature a number of celebrity performers.

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National Memorial Day Parade
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

This is one for the books ya’ll.  You absolutely can’t miss the National Memorial Day Parade which host a number of Youth groups, awesome floats,  performances and marching band as well as scores of veterans marching down Constitution Avenue. This particular parade is the largest of its kind within the nation  because of course you know that DC does it up.

The event starts at 2 p.m. however it is highly recommended that you arrive super early because it is a national event and gets insanely packed, especially if you’ll be driving. My personal recommendation is to take public transit, make sure you get all of your pottying and eating out of the way, bring a cooler full of beverages and snacks and enjoy the event.

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Rolling Thunder

This insanely awesome  event is definitely a local favorite and this year is brought to you by Humana. Rolling Thunder commemorates the honorable veterans who have lost their lives  and this year also includes a presentation of lapel pins to “ recognize the service and sacrifices Vietnam veterans made during the war and officially welcome these Brave individuals home.”

Technically, Rolling Thunder is called “Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstratino Run” and is actually an annual protest, which originally started back in 1988.  These motorcyclist come from all around the nation and even the world and rally in the Pentagon parking lot and then commence a scheduled route through the mall section of Washington DC. The purpose of this rally is to  bring awareness of and address accountability for the various POWs and MIAs that have been left behind.

So there you have it! You are awesome Weekend Hitlist for the Memorial Day weekend.  this weekend is all about remembrance for the amazing veterans who have served and laid down their lives for our country so wow you’re in the midst of your festivities don’t forget to take a moment of silence for all of the brave soldiers who gave up their lives for our country.

Hope you have an awesome time and take lots of pictures!

Are there any events that we missed? If you think something should be added, let us know in the comments below or feel free to email me at!

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