Memorial Day was declared as an official federal holiday by the United States Congress in 1971. It is a day reserved to honor the brave men and women who died in military service while protecting the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day, starting a few years after the end of the Civil War, before evolving into what it is today.
There are many Memorial Day events in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, from festivals, concerts and parades to solemn ceremonies honoring the fallen heroes who served our great nation. Below are a handful of those events worth checking out with friends and family as we celebrate 2016 Memorial Weekend throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region.
Memorial Day Events Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. is the epicenter for Memorial Day events throughout Memorial Weekend. The events begin on Sunday and extend throughout the day on Monday all across the Washington, D.C. area. Below are a few events to head to if you’re looking for a great way to celebrate the holiday this year.
Memorial Weekend Events - National Memorial Day Concert
PBS sponsors a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8 pm ET. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, along with the National Symphony Orchestra and other notable guests. Gates open at 5pm for this concert.
Memorial Weekend Events - Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally
Thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington, D.C. in their annual quest to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues for our military vets. The motorcycle brigade departs from the Pentagon on Sunday, May 29, 2016 as a musical tribute band plays nearby at 1:30 pm ET across from The Lincoln Memorial.
Memorial Day Events - National Memorial Day Parade
The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states takes place on Monday, May 30, 2016. The parade begins at 2 pm ET, stepping off from the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It proceeds past the White House while celebrating our great veterans along the way before ending at 17th Street. This is a great event for the whole family while enjoying a day off from work and school.
Memorial Weekend Events - Hometown Holidays
This music festival features live performances by several bands from May 28-20. An armed forces tribute and Memorial Day Parade is also a part of the festivities. The event is free on Saturday and Sunday and is open to the public from 2-10pm ET on each day. On Monday, the musical celebration continues from 9am-1pm ET. The Hometown Holidays event is located at Rockville Town Center in Rockville, MD.
Memorial Day Events Baltimore
There are also many events to celebrate Memorial Day in Baltimore throughout Memorial Weekend. From children’s rides and family activities to multiple stages for entertainment and festivals, there will be plenty of activity throughout the Baltimore area. Below are a few of the many great events your whole family can enjoy in less than a one-day trip from Baltimore.
Memorial Weekend Events - Red, White and Blue Memorial Weekend Dance
On Friday, May 27, kick off your Memorial Weekend with the Red, White and Blue Memorial Weekend Dance at the American Legion Towson Post on 125 York Road. Josh and Good Old Stuff will be playing for the Friday Night Dance Club, and doors open at 8pm ET. The cost for admission is $15, $12 with student ID. If you’re a novice dancer, lessons are offered an hour before this patriotic event that officially starts at 9 pm ET.
Memorial Day Events - Wreath Laying Ceremony
On May 30, this wreath laying ceremony will feature live music and a 21-gun salute in honor of the armed forces men and women who died in service. The Memorial Day Event is free to the public, and scheduled for 10am-noon at the Circle of the Immortals in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium, MD.
There are many other great things to do over the Memorial Weekend as well, and we encourage you to take part in this annual celebration to honor our fallen heroes. While you’re in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area, there are also many historical places, parks and beaches that can visit. Enjoy the holiday and take a moment to think about those who have served to protect our freedoms while making the ultimate sacrifice.
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