Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
It was originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Memorial Day Activities
National Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m.
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. This year’s parade is scheduled for Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Arrive early for the best viewing options!
May 25, 2019 – May 27, 2019
Location: Vienna Town Green
Address: 245 Maple Ave, W, Vienna, VA 22180
ViVa! Vienna! is a three-day family- and community-oriented festival celebrating Memorial Day in Vienna, VA. Vienna’s historic Freeman House, Old Vienna Railroad Station and Church Street provide the backdrop for this celebration that features more than 300 vendors and local artisans, amusement rides, food prepared by local restaurants. A full slate of entertainment is on tap all three days with performances geared toward both children and adults. Entertainers include musical groups, dance troupes, magicians and the like. The event is hosted in its entirety by the Rotary Club of Vienna – who then uses all profits to donate to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations during the upcoming year.
National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m.
Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
This outdoor, patriotic concert held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. is one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. But, why watch it when you can attend for FREE!
The Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom”
Sunday, May 26
Where: Run starts at Pentagon Parking Lot, Arlington VA
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally will bring together motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. one final time to honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War. This “ride for freedom” draws more than 900,000 riders, featuring a route that starts at the Pentagon and winds through West Potomac Park. The last Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally goes down on Sunday, May 26.
Access for Schedule of events: https://www.rollingthunderrun.com/2019-run-info/
Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival
Monday, May 27
Enjoy the Don Beyer Fun Run, children’s activities, food, civic, and retail vendors, the parade, and more.
Access for Schedule of events: https://www.fallschurchva.gov/MemorialDay