2015 MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS MARYLAND WASHINGTON, DC VIRGINIA MARYLAND ZOO’S “BREW AT THE ZOO” JAZZ IN THE GARDEN NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY Sat & Sun, May 23 & 24 | 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Waterfowl Lake, Maryland Zoo Participate in one of Baltimore’s biggest beer festivals this Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy good times with the animals featuring unlimited beer sampling, live music, local artisan vendors, and all day admission to the Zoo. A great chance to experience the Zoo’s all new Penguin Coast exhibit. 4TH ANNUAL STARS AND STRIPES FESTIVAL May 23—25 Opening Ceremony–Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. Chesapeake Beach Veterans’ Memorial Park Weekend events begin on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. with the Opening Ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park with Keynote Speaker, Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan and Guest Speaker William E. Weber, Col-USA-Ret. and Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation. This year’s theme is the Korean War. Playing the National Anthem as well as other patriotic music at the Opening Ceremony is The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet. ODENTON FIRE COMPANY CARNIVAL 1425 Annapolis Road, Odenton MD Tuesday, May 19 – Memorial Day, Monday May 25 The Odenton Volunteer Fire Company will host their annual carnival. Wristbands are $25 and are good for unlimited rides on the day of purchase. A Memorial Day parade will start at 5:00 pm. visit oufc28.org for carnival hours. DULANEY VALLEY MEMORIAL GARDENS Memorial Day ceremony Mon, May 25, 10:00 a.m. Circle of the Immortals 200 East Padonia Road, Timonium, MD This annual ceremony salutes the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America. Keynote speaker will be Col. Tom Manion, father of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, a marine who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in April 2007. The patriotic ceremony includes music, speeches, a wreath laying, and 21-gun salute. HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS MUSIC FESTIVAL & 71ST ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25 Rockville Town Center | parade at 10:30 a.m. Hometown Holidays offers activities for kids including live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the Hometown Holidays beach, as well as inflatables and amusements (for a fee). The event also offers the opportunity to meet with several community groups. The Taste of Rockville: Sat & Sun, 12-10 p.m. Maryland Avenue–Enjoy food, beverages, and desserts from some of Rockville’s best restaurants. Each ticket is $1.25 and can be purchased at a Taste of Rockville ticket booth. Friday, May 22nd | 5:30-8:30 p.m. The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden will debut its summer series Memorial Day weekend. Bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to pack a picnic or head to the on-site Pavilion Café for sangria and sandwiches. NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Monday, May 25 | 2:00 p.m The largest Memorial Day event in the nation! The parade will commence at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will wave flags and cheer for our country’s heros. NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT SERIES May 23-25 | Washington National Mall This exclusive performance series will be one of the many musical events taking place in 2015 in Washington, D.C. The theme of the concert series is a Celebration of Peace and is a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II and the 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War. NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT Sunday, May 24 | West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol 8:00 p.m., Gates open at 5:00 p.m. This free concert pays tribute to those who have served our country. The concert features a mix of dramatic readings, documentary footage, and live musical performances, along with an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors, and musical artists. ROLLING THUNDER MOTORCYCLE RALLY Sunday, May 24 | 12:00 p.m. Departure from the Pentagon This “ride of freedom” draws upwards of 900,000 motorcycle riders through Washington in an annual demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues Monday, May 25 | 10:30 a.m. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. More than a quarter million mini flags will decorate the cemetery’s headstones. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30 a.m. Hours: 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. VIVA VIENNA MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL May 23-25 | Church Street in Vienna, VA Sat and Sun: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon: 10am-6pm Enjoy a family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. The festival includes amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment for all ages. FALLS CHURCH PARADE AND FESTIVAL May 25 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Festival: City Hall, 300 Park Avenue Parade: Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street The City of Falls Church, Virginia celebrates Memorial Day with a day full of activities for the whole family. Enjoy amusement and pony rides, arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, food, and a community parade. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Shenandoah Run and the City of Falls Church Concert Band. 38TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL May 25 | 1 p.m.–6 p.m. Waterfront Park, 1 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA Program will include entertainment by various bands and begin with a performance by The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, from the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” There will also be food and beverage sales. WOLF TRAP SUMMER BLAST OFF May 24 | 8 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA The park for performing arts kicks off the summer season with a free performance by the U.S. Marine Band followed by fireworks. The Filene Center gates open at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early because the park closes once capacity is reached. 17TH ANNUAL RIDE OF THE PATRIOTS May 24 | 6:30 a.m. Patriot Harley-Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd. The 17th Annual Ride of the Patriots® to Rolling Thunder® XXVIII is the largest open ride to Rolling Thunder. Traditionally, nearly 5000 motorcycles have joined the Ride of the Patriots to remember and honor those in uniform who serve bravely to protect our nation and our liberty. The ride originates from Patriot Harley-Davidson in the City of Fairfax and has become the signature event for the Fairfax, VA Chapter.
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