If you're staying in the D.C. area to mark the unofficial start of the summer, here's your guide to events around town and the road closures they bring.
WASHINGTON — While many may be traveling out of town during the Memorial Day weekend, D.C. is rife with opportunities to observe the holiday and remember fallen servicemen and women.
If you’re staying in the D.C. area to mark the unofficial start of the summer, here’s your guide to events around town and the road closures they bring.
Motorcyclists will be revving through town Sunday, May 27, for the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Run.
Motorcyclists are scheduled to leave the North Pentagon parking lot at 12 p.m. Participants will ride through the area of the National Mall and end at West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to the fallen.
Thunder Alley, the official vendor site of the organization, will sell patches, pins, T-shirt and more on 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW in D.C.
In Arlington County, Washington Boulevard, Route 27, will be closed from Interstate 395 to the Memorial Bridge from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.
In D.C., the following road closures are in place Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to Third Street NW
23rd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Memorial Bridge
Third Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
Independence Avenue SW from Third Street SW to 23rd Street SW
Parking will not be allowed on those streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Vehicles parked along the route and in violation of the of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed, D.C. police said in a news release.
Keep in mind that thousands of motorcyclists are in town and many more will be coming in from the surrounding areas in convoys on Sunday morning. On some highways like I-66, expect the police to close to ramps to allow motorcyclists to travel to the Pentagon for the start of the rally.
This year’s parade kicks off at 2 p.m. on Monday and will feature The Tuskegee Airmen, Joe Mantegna and Trace Adkins, among other notable people.
The parade route starts at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds on Constitution Avenue NW and disbands around 5 p.m. between 18th and 23rd Streets on Constitution Avenue and Virginia Avenue NW.
The following road closures are in place:
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Seventh Street between Independence Avenue SW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Constitution Avenue NW between Sixth Street to Ninth Street NW.
From 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m.:
Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW to 23rd and Constitution Avenue NW
Arlington National Cemetery
The Arlington National Cemetery will host plenty of events on its ground Memorial Day weekend.
Participants of the Rolling Thunder’s annual Run for the Wall will arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on motorcycles Saturday and conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beginning at 9 a.m.
The American Legion Riders will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tanner Amphitheater beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Native Youth Alliance will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the Indigenous People Memorial Tree in Section 8 at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Japanese American Citizens League of Washington, D.C., and Japanese American Veterans Association will have its 70th annual wreath-laying ceremony Sunday at the Pavilion in the Columbarium Courts in Section 63 at 9:30 a.m.
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces full-honor wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Monday. It will followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the Memorial Amphitheater.
Twenty and Four, the Honor Society of Women Legionnaires, will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony Monday at the Civil War Tomb of the Unknown in Section 26 at 1 p.m.
Volunteers with Memorial Day Flowers will place roses and other flowers on the headstones of fallen military service members. Volunteers will be meeting at noon Sunday and at 8 a.m. on Monday.
Visit the memorials
Those wanting to pay their respects to fallen servicemen and women can do so by visiting the many memorials dedicated to year-round remembrance.
From May 25 through May 27, the Poppy Memorial will be on display on the southwestern side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Wall and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The memorial is located north of the Lincoln Memorial near the intersection of 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall has 19 stainless steel statues commemorating those who served on the U.S. Armed Forces that served during the Korean War. It’s located southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
The National World War II Memorial is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenue SW, at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It honors the 16 million who served during World War II, the 400,000 who died and those who supported the effort at home, according the memorial’s website.