Memorial Day 2013, the unofficial kick-off for summer, is Monday, May 27, but concerts, fireworks and other events last all of Memorial Day weekend throughout DC and Northern Virginia.
Here’s a round-up of what’s happening locally.
National Memorial Day Concert in DC
On the evening of Sunday, May 26, head out to the Capitol’s West Lawn the annual Memorial Day concert. This year, actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise are expected along with performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, “The Voice” star Chris Mann, the UK’s Katherine Jenkins and others.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. The lawn opens at 5:00 p.m. More information on the National Memorial Day Concert is here.
National Memorial Day Parade in DC
The annual National Memorial Day Parade in DC features a tribute to Sept. 11 victims, a salute to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. The parade starts Monday at 2 p.m. and runs along Constitutional Avenue between 7th and 17th streets NW. More information on the National Memorial Day Parade is here. Can’t make it? The parade will be streamed live online and broadcast on television.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Concert at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery plans a wreath-laying ceremony and concert at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m. Monday. A public observance gathering will follow. The entire cemetery will be decorated with flags throughout Memorial Day Weekend. More information on Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day events is here.
Additional Wreath-Laying Ceremonies
- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 9 a.m. Monday May 27 at the World War II Memorial
- 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Air Force Memorial
- 1 p.m. Monday, May 27 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
How are you recognizing Memorial Day this year? Tell us in the comments!