Memorial Day Events in the District, Maryland and Virginia

The Rockville Concert Band and Chorus will perform on Monday morning.
The Rockville Concert Band and Chorus will perform on Monday morning. (2008 Photo By James M. Thresher -- The Washington Post)
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Whether your home is in the District, Maryland or Virginia, there are plenty of ways to observe Memorial Day. Admission to events is free unless otherwise noted.

The District

ROLLING THUNDER Friday-Sunday. Members of the veterans motorcycle group will make a wreath presentation at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE) today at 10 a.m. and hold a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial tonight at 9. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the group hosts speakers and music at the west end of the Reflecting Pool, across from the Lincoln Memorial. On Sunday at 8 a.m., bikers will begin assembling at the north Pentagon parking lot and start riding at noon, heading through Washington to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Speakers and music begin at 1:30 p.m. at the stage near the Reflecting Pool. 908-369-5439 or

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE NAVY MEMORIAL Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Saturday there will be a commemorative wreath-laying and music with performances by Black Creek Gourd Society's Navajo ceremonial dance group. On Monday there is a wreath-laying and a "World War II Radio Hour" concert. U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives). 202-737-2300 or

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CHORAL FESTIVAL Sunday at 2 p.m. Z. Randall Stroope leads a 325-voice group in works by American composers including George Gershwin, Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland, Donald Erb, Leonard Bernstein and himself. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom). 202-467-4600 or $10.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE Monday at 1 p.m. The observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial includes a presentation of the colors, national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, speeches, a wreath-laying and a performance of "Amazing Grace" and taps. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW. 202-393-0090 or

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Monday at 2 p.m. The parade features nearly 200 groups, including marching bands, military units, youth groups, floats and veterans from World War II and wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Constitution Avenue from Seventh Street to 17th Street NW (Metro: Archives). 703-302-1012, Ext. 227, or


ROCKVILLE HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS Saturday-Monday. Saturday features Pat McGee and Sharon Little at 7 p.m. Sunday features the Wailers and Can't Hang at 7 p.m. Both days: a Taste of Rockville from 1 to 10 p.m., Visarts Fine Arts Festival from noon to 8 p.m., a going-green expo from 1 to 8 p.m., carnival rides and six stages with live music and performances. Monday's festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a performance by the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus, a Memorial Day ceremony (9:30 a.m.) and the 65th annual Memorial Day parade (10:30 a.m.). Maryland Avenue between Beall Avenue and Jefferson Street (Metro: Rockville). 240-314-5000 or


VIVA VIENNA Saturday-Monday. The three-day festival features carnival rides, performances by the Vienna Choral Society and Vienna Town Band and Memorial Day tributes. Church Street NW from Lawyers Road to Mill Street NE. 703-255-4742 or

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT Sunday at 5 p.m. The National Men's Chorus with organist Paul Skevington and trumpeter Phil Snedecor perform. St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 202-244-7191 or $10, free for students and children.

SUMMER BLAST OFF Sunday at 8 p.m. The U.S. Marine Band performs and the night ends with fireworks. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868 or Gates open at 6:30; the park will be closed when it reaches capacity.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival and pony rides, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, civic and business booths, and live music. A veterans ceremony is at 11 a.m., and the parade begins at 2 p.m. Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church. 703-248-5077.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE Monday at 11 a.m. Ceremony sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council with a musical prelude by the Quantico Marine Corps Band at 10:30 a.m. followed by keynote speaker Lt. Gen. George J. Flynn, a flag ceremony and wreath presentation. Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd., Triangle. 703-221-2183, Ext. 106.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Monday at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants. Gates open at 8 a.m. Seating at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater is first-come, first-served. Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. 703-607-8000 or

MEMORIAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Monday from 1 to 7 p.m. Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band, Barbara Martin Quartet, Al Williams, Dixieland Direct and the Bruce Swaim Quartet with Lyle Link perform. Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-883-4686 or 703-838-4844.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Monday at 4 p.m. The ceremony includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and a scattering of rose petals. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial also will display the Fallen Military Women Quilt and In-Memoriam Book, honoring women who have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or

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