Great weekend to get out and pay tribute to those who died while in military service.  There are many activities to take part in this Memorial Day weekend.   Let me know if you know of any others.

Entire Weekend

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon– May 28 – May 30, 6pm – 9pm, Mount Vernon, VA – A new Memorial Day event, and the estate is open after normal business hours (very rare).  There will be tours of the mansion, 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. The grounds will be lantern-lit and costumed workers will interact with visitors.  This is a family-friendly event.

Hometown Holidays– May 29 to May 31, Rockville, MD- A 3-day festival of food, a parade, kid activities, and music.  There will also be Memorial Day festivities honoring fallen services members.

Viva Vienna– May 29 to May 31, Vienna, VA- A 3-day festival to celebrate the community of Vienna, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Virginia.  There will be food, music, children’s activities, crafts, amusement rides, and a Memorial Day tribute.

Saturday, May 29

Tribute to a Generation” Celebration- @ 2pm, WWII Memorial, National Mall- The WWII memorial will be dedicated on Saturday afternoon, and gates will open 8am.  Tickets are required for seating, but there will also be non-ticketed viewing areas.  At 12pm, there will be 2 hours for pre-ceremony activities with video images and newsreel clips to evoke a wartime era feel.  There will also be musical groups from the armed forced entertaining the crowd.

Sunday, May 30

National Memorial Day Concert @ 8pm (gates open at 5pm), West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Held on the West Lawn of the US Capitol, the PBS concert consists of musical performances and dramatic readings to honor the service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed services.  The general public is usually allowed to enter the concert area starting 3 hours before the concert.  Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.),will join The National Symphony Orchestra to help honor service members.

Wolf Trap Farm Park– @ 8pm, Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna, VA- Summer Blast Off! “The President’s Own”. There will be a free performance by the US Marine Band, and then fireworks.  The gates open at 6:30pm, and the performance starts at 8pm.  Fireworks begin at 9:45pm.  Arrive early because the park closes once capacity is reached.

Monday, May 31

National Memorial Day Parade @ 2pm, Washington, DC- The parade starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, past the White House, and end at 17th St.  There will be marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups,  veterans and parade floats.

Arlington National Cemetery National Memorial Day Observance– @ 11am, Arlington National Cemetery- Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am.  After the wreath-laying, there will be an observance program hosted by the DoD in the Memorial Amphitheater.  This is a free event and open to the public.  You are encouraged to be there by 9:30am.
On May 29 the Price of Freedom sculpture will be unveiled at 2pm in the Visitors Center, and the Fallen Heroes Portraits Display will be placed in Section 60.

If you are unable to attend the wreath-laying, please note that the Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public at 8am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. “Flags In” was conducted on May 29, and it is a powerful powerful reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedom.  Flags are placed one foot in front of each headstone in the cemetery, and are also placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Navy Memorial Wreath-laying @ 1pm, Navy Memorial, Washington, DC- Naval District Washington’s Wreath-laying ceremony accompanied by the U.S. Navy Band,

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Annual Memorial Day Ceremony– @ 1pm Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC- Hosted by Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael G. “Mike” Mullen, there will be a presentation of the Colors, as well as a wreath-laying service.

Air Force Memorial Wreath-laying Ceremony- @ 9am, Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA- The Air Force Association/Air Force Sergeants Association Wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.
Fort Ward Park Jazz Festival- 1pm – 7pm, Alexandria, VA- A jazz festival with great music and food.  Held in Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium.

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade & Festival– 9am – 5pm, Falls Church- A festival with a parade rides, crafts, pony rides, food, and musical entertainment.