Your Memorial Day Parade Roundup for D.C., Maryland and Virginia


Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to open up a lawn chair, grab a hot dog... and enjoy patriotic tunes and performances, of course.

Read on for our list of parades around D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Don't see your town's parade listed? Add it below in the comments!


The American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade: starts at the corner of Constitution Ave. and 7th Street at 2 p.m. Monday.

The classic D.C. parade is always an all-encompassing experience. This year, in addition to Memorial Day, the American Veterans Center is celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II. The parade will proceed down Constitution Avenue and past the White House, ending at 17th Street. Constitution Avenue NW between 7th Street and 19th Street will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The celebration includes floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service organizations and more. Can't make it? Don't worry -- it's also televised.

Rolling Thunder Ride to Freedom: starts at Pentagon, moves into D.C. via Memorial Bridge, proceeds around National Mall

While not technically a parade, Rolling Thunder is one of the most emotionally powerful demonstations you may see this weekend, as hundreds of thousands of bikers roar into D.C. to honor POWs and servicemembers missing in action. The official ride is Sunday, but you'll see scores of bikers in town throughout the entire weekend.


Annapolis Memorial Day Parade: starts at the beginning of Amos Garrett Boulevard at 10 a.m. Monday.

Celebrate the day by the bay! The Annapolis Memorial Day Parade travels around Church Circle and down Main Street, ending at Market House. A memorial ceremony will take place in Susan Campbell Park following the parade.

Bowie's Hometown Parade: starts at the Belair Annex at 11 a.m. Saturday.

This parade is a couple of days early so you can take part in double the fun. Recommended viewing locations are Stonybrook Drive at Acorn Hill Park or along Sussex Lane. The parade ends at Sage Lane, past the viewing stand. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and settle in for this patriotic event. Everyone from Cub Scouts to gymnasts -- and hey, even dogs -- will make an appearance.

Rockville's 71st Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade: starts at N. Washington Street at Martins Lane at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Marching bands, floats and more will surround the Rockville Town Center, ending at Montgomery Avenue. Looking for something to do pre-Memorial Day? On Saturday and Sunday, the town center will host Taste of Rockville at Hometown Holidays Music Festival -- see more here.


Arlington Cemetery National Memorial Day Observance: starts in the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Monday.

The United States Marine Band guides this memorial service into the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating is offered as on a first come, first served basis.

Falls Church 34th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival: starts on the City Hall grounds (300 Park Ave.) at 9 a.m. Monday.

The parade travels down Park Avenue and spreads out through downtown Falls Church. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps introduces this daylong event. You'll also find live music, pony rides, arts and crafts, and the local Don Beyer 3K Fun Run.

Portsmouth 131st Annual Memorial Day Parade: starts at High and Crawford streets at 10 a.m. Monday.

This parade has been a tradition since 1884, featuring floats, marching bands and military personnel. Located right on the water, this is the perfect to location to commemorate our troops and honor age-old tradition.

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