Tuskegee airman serving as grand marshal for DC’s Memorial Day parade; expect road closures

Lt. Col. James H. Harvey III, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, will lead the National Memorial Day Parade in D.C. after a three-year hiatus.

Harvey, a decorated Korean War aviator, faced extraordinary obstacles during his time in the military. He served as a pilot along with three other Tuskegee Airmen in the military’s first top gun style competition back in 1949.

His team took the top spot in the propeller competition — but they weren’t recognized until the 1990s, a long overdue honor.



On Monday, Harvey will lead the parade down Constitution Avenue beginning at 2 p.m., with thousands of people from around the country looking on.

There will be a Memorial Day TV special, “Our Sacred Honor: An American Salute,” airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations nationwide following the parade.

The event features a special performances by Jimmie Allen and the Eli Young band at 1 p.m. at Constitution avenue and 7th Street NW.

The parade is expected to draw large crowds, as well as close down certain roads to accommodate the route. See the full list below.

Roads closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • 7th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 4th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 6th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Constitution Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street, NW\
  • Madison Drive between 3rd Street and 14th Street, NW (USPP Territory)
  • Jefferson Drive between 3rd Street and 14th Street, SW (USPP Territory)

Roads closed from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • 9th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 12th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Madison Drive, NW
  • 14th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 15th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • SE/SW Freeway-Access to 12th Street Tunnel from I-395 ramp
  • Constitution Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street, NW
  • Inbound I-395 (14th Street Bridge) — All traffic will be sent east on I-395 SW Freeway
  • Inbound I-395 (14th Street Bridge HOV) — All traffic will be sent east on I-395 SW Freeway
  • 17th Street between New York Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 18th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 19th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 20th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 21st Street between Virginia Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Virginia Avenue between 24th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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