What to Know
- Get out early Sunday then scope out some museums: It will be a muggy, hot day and storms arrive in the afternoon.
- Scattered showers shouldn't wash out your Memorial Day plans, so just bring your rain gear to a parade or BBQ feast.
Welcome to Memorial Day! Got an extra day off? Congratulations! There are parades, concerts and more in D.C., but also it's such a good chance to take a day trip even if you stayed in town for the weekend.
As 2018 (slowly but surely) rolls into summer, here are some fun things to keep in mind:
- Outdoor movies are one of the best parts of a D.C. summer. While there are no free outdoor movies Monday, now's the chance to plan for the rest of the summer. (The next movie on the schedule is "Hairspray" in Adams Morgan on Tuesday).
- Many pools open over Memorial Day weekend! Here's a guide to places to cool off.
- Have some frugal fun with our Free & Cheap Things to Do in D.C. guide.
Remembrances, Memorials and Celebrations
9 a.m.-3 p.m.; various locations including National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery
The rally's organizers say they aim to honor the more than 85,000 prisoners of war or people missing in action. Events happened all weekend, with plenty more set for Monday. You can head down to the National Mall to see bikers roaring through "Thunder Alley" (aka Constitution and 22nd streets NW) throughout the day. Monday's schedule also includes a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery and an annual observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. See details here.
National Memorial Day Parade
Monday, 2 p.m., downtown
The largest Memorial Day parade in the county honors fallen soldiers from all American wars, from the Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. The parade will travel along Constitution Avenue between 17th and 7th streets NW. Get there early for a good seat. You can also stream the parade online.
Rockville Hometown Holidays Music Festival & Memorial Day Parade
Through Monday, Rockville
Take in the Rockville Concert Band and a Memorial Day ceremony before the annual parade in downtown Rockville. Planners say more than 20,000 are expected to attend this year.
DC Black Pride 2018
All weekend, various venues
Liberation DC is hosting events at clubs and hotels across the city. All-weekend passes start at $80, while cover charges for individual events run about $10.
Do's and Don'ts: Hiking Old Rag Trail in Shenandoah National Park
Whether you're feeling like a trip to Kings Dominion, want to hike Great Falls or descend into Luray Caverns, there's lots of great day trips in the commonwealth:
Top 10 Virginia Day Trips for Spring
Explore a new-to-you spot in Maryland: Ride the Capital Wheel at National Harbor, hop on the mountain coaster in the Deep Creek Lake area, or stroll and shop your way through Annapolis or Frederick. Find ideas for Maryland trips here:
Top 10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring
Really pumped to visit somewhere new? Here's our top picks in New Jersey:
15 New Jersey Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway
We know heading to the shore can be a traffic nightmare. So we've rounded up the places you can go without suffering the Bay Bridge:
10 Places to Swim If You Want to Avoid Bay Bridge Traffic
Art and Exhibits
Pike and Rose's "The Beach"
Open daily, Rockville
Now open for summer, a parking lot at Pike & Rose has transformed (via 250 tons of sand) into a staycation destination. Check out our preview here:
World's Biggest Bounce House
Through Monday, Fort Washington, Maryland
Is this REALLY the world's largest bounce house? We'd like to find out. Tickets range from $9 to $25.
All weekend, Southwest Waterfront
A one-of-a-kind experience from Paris has made its way to the District. Through June 30, art lovers have the chance to dance, celebrate and immerse themselves in the wonders of light.
Immersive Art Exhibit Celebrates the Wonders of Light
Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon
Through March 3, National Postal Museum
If you didn't have the staying power to snag tickets to "Hamilton" at the Kennedy Center, explore the National Postal Museum's dive into the life of the former secretary of the Treasury.
Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
Through 2021, National Museum of Natural History
You have plenty of time to check this one out, but the new exhibit digs into the science of spreading disease through case studies.