Memorial Day is the remembrance of those who have died in service to the United States. The holiday was originally designated in 1868 as Decoration Day, but renamed to Memorial Day in 1882. Washington D.C. is one of the best places to celebrate and honor those who have given their lives in service from our country’s inception until now. There are many Memorial Day events in Washington D.C. including concerts, parades and memorial services. However, there are many wonderful and moving monuments and memorials honoring veterans and famous Americans on or near The Mall from the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam War Memorial to The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. There are special events scheduled at different memorials throughout the weekend. Arlington National Cemetery is also an awe-inspiring location on Memorial Day weekend. Servicemen and women and other volunteers put flags at each of the veterans’ graves in Arlington Cemetery. There is also a wreath laying event at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day at 11am. Along with the solemn events, there are also concerts and parades. PBS sponsors the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capital on Sunday, May 26th. The concert features performers, dignitaries, fireworks and the National Symphony Orchestra. On Memorial Day at 2pm, the National Memorial Day Parade will kick off at Constitution Ave and 7th St NW. Marching bands, floats and veteran units from all 50 states are represented in this very patriotic parade. The parade is sponsored by the WWII Veterans Committee. The city of Rockville, Maryland hosts Rockville Hometown Holidays from May 25th to May 27th. The 3 days street festival has entertainment on 3 stages, children’s rides, Taste of Rockville, Ride for Rockville Bicycle Tour and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade with marching bands, drill teams, military units and more.
There are also Memorial Day parades, picnics and events being held throughout many local communities. Check your city’s website for more information about Memorial Day celebrations. Memorial Day is also the official kick-off of summer and summer festivals. The Baltimore area has different festivals to start off the summer and celebrate Memorial Day. Fort McHenry in Baltimore is having living history activities throughout the day as well as other family educational and entertainment programs. The Sowebo Arts and Music Festival is a free food, art and music festival on Hollins Street in southwest Baltimore. The Maryland Zoo holds one of its most popular and biggest fundraisers of the year called “Brew at the Zoo”. This is one of Baltimore’s biggest brew fests of the year.
There is a lot to see and do over the Memorial Day weekend in the Baltimore and Washington D. C. area from honoring the best of our country’s history to enjoying the day with family and friends at a picnic. If you decide that you need to access your storage unit, ezStorage is open on Memorial Day. ezStorage thanks those servicemen and women who have given their lives in service to our country. We would also like to wish our family, friends and customers a great Memorial Day.