Memorial Day Events Planned for D.C. Area

Posted: May 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

While the George Mason Campuses will be quiet over the long three-day weekend, the Washington, D.C., area will be bursting with activities in observance of Memorial Day. Following is a list of activities that are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of Memorial Day activities and more information, visit or

  • Friday, May 25

    National Archives Pearl Harbor Documentary, “Pearl Harbor Surprise and Remembrance,” by Lance Bird and Tom Johnson. Noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Reservations suggested. 202-501-5040.

  • Saturday, May 26

    Rockville’s Hometown Holidays Festival celebrates Memorial Day with a parade and other entertainment, including music, crafts, clown fireworks, and a laser show. Rockville Town Center. 301-309-3330.

  • Sunday, May 27

    Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally. Riders should meet at the north end of the Pentagon parking lot at 8 a.m. Ride begins at noon going to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Speeches and music will be heard at the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. 202-619-7222.

    U.S. Capitol Concerts, U.S. Navy Band’s Sea Chanters Chorus, 7 p.m., west steps of the U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525.

    National Memorial Day Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of premier pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Features a unique blend of musical performance, dramatic readings, and archival footage. West lawn of the U.S. Capitol, 8 p.m. 202-619-7222.

  • Monday, May 28

    Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 11 a.m. 202-685-2851.

    Memorial Day Jazz Festival, Ford Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, noon to 8 p.m. 703-883-4686.

    Navy Memorial Band Concert, U.S. Navy Band, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 8 p.m. 202-433-2525.

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