The annual National Memorial Day Concert will take place on Sunday the 29th at 8:00 pm. The event is free to the public, and the gates of the West Lawn of the Capitol will be open at 5:00 for seating. This year, the concert will feature actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna in addition to the amazing music of the National Symphony Orchestra.
The National Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 30, at 2:00. It starts at the corner of 7th and Constitution Avenue and will head up past the White House to 17th Street. The parade features bands and Veteran units from all 50 states plus floats and helium-filled balloons.
A new event this year is the Stars & Stripes & Spokes. It will be held at the RFK Stadium and features thousands of motorcycle fans. Military vehicles, live music, and a lot of food will fill the stadium from the 27th through the 30th. Admission is free.
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally takes place on May 29th. The motorcycles will start riding from the Pentagon from 12:00. There will be a number of speakers and live music at the Reflecting Pool by the Lincoln Memorial at 1:30.
A special service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery on May 30 at 11:00 am. A concert will be held following the ceremony. A number of other events will be held at the various memorials across the city, including the Navy Memorial (Monday at 10:00 am), the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Monday at 1:00 pm), the Air Force Memorial (Monday at 9:00 am), and the World War II Memorial (Monday at 9:00 am).
A number of events will be held in cities near the DC Metro as well. Rockville, Vienna, Mount Vernon, Alexandria, and Falls Church, just to name a few, all hold special events on Memorial Day Weekend.