Memorial Day Weekend in Metro DC May 24-27, 2019

Our Memorial Day Weekend Guide includes schedules and info on the National Parade, National Memorial Day Concert, Rolling Thunder, Wreath Laying Ceremony in addition to museum and gallery exhibits, concerts, shows and family events.

Hot Hits

Whitman 200: Remembering Our Veterans: A Memorial Day Remembrance

Howard University
Thru Aug. 31
An exhibition of documents relating to Decoration Day/Memorial Day and the Howard University veterans who have served and given their lives for our nation. Through August.

Observe the Flag-In during Memorial Day Weekend

Arlington National Cemetery
May. 24 – 27
The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery, with thousands of veterans and members of their immediate family resting there.

2019 National Memorial Day Concert - Dress Rehearsal

US Capitol West Lawn
Sat. May 25
The Dress Rehearsal for Sunday's Concert begins a 8pm.

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

The Kennedy Center
Sun. May 26
Featuring Choirs from throughout the United States and the United States Air Force Orchestra.

2019 Summer Blast Off! The President's Own US Marine Band with Fireworks!

Wolf Trap
Sun. May 26
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert.

National Memorial Day Concert

West Lawn US Capitol
Sun. May 26
An evening of remembrance featuring General Colin L. Powell, Sam Elliott, Patti LaBelle, Gavin DeGraw, Alison Krauss, Dennis Haysbert, Amber Riley, Christopher Jackson, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Justin Moore and the NSO.

Whitman 200: Memorial Day Tours of the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery

US Soldier's Home National Cemetery
Mon. May 27
Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.

Memorial Observance

Arlington National Cemetery
Mon. May 27
National Memorial Day Observance honors America’s fallen military service members.

National Memorial Day Parade

Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets
Mon. May 27
The National Memorial Day Parade ushers marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue. This televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military.

Honor Vets at the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

National Mall
Mon. May 27
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally brings together motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. to honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.

US Marine Corps War Memorial

Arlington The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation's gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them.

World War II Memorial

Washington The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of "the greatest generation."

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington The memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1995. Its Wall of Remembrance and 19 stainless steel statues commemorate the sacrifices of the millions of Americans and allied partners who fought during the Korean War.


Tour: Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building

Library of Congress
Thru Feb. 1, 2020


Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jun. 2

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jul. 27

New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Sep. 20, 2020

Tour: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thru Feb. 29, 2020

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14

Shear Madness

The Kennedy Center
Thru Jun. 19

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Thru Sep. 2

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 9

Still Life To Portraiture

Publick Playhouse
Thru Jun. 1

Jill Tanenbaum and Cathy Abramson

Montpelier Arts Center
Thru May. 26

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Thru Sep. 15

Winnie the Pooh

Adventure Theatre MTC
May. 21 – 26


Signature Theatre
May. 21 – Jun. 23

Tiny Tots - Clowning Around

The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May. 22 – 26

FAME, el Musical (en español)

GALA Hispanic Theatre
May. 23 – Jun. 9

FAME, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish

GALA Hispanic Theatre
May. 23 – Jun. 9

I-Jung Huang, violin; Chuang-Chuang Peter Fang, piano

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Fri. May 24

OGT Kids Series: The Last Unicorn

Old Greenbelt Theatre
Sat. May 25

Leonard, Coleman & Blunt

Harmony Hall Regional Center
Sat. May 25

Curator's Tour for Adults

The Mansion at Strathmore
Sun. May 26

Kid's Talk & Tour

The Mansion at Strathmore
Sat. Jul 20
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