Memorial Day weekend means summer to most of us even though school is still in session and the official start of summer is not until June 21st. So why not kick off summer with some Memorial Day activities in downtown D.C.?
Jazz in the Garden
On Friday, May 23rd the National Gallery of Art, located at 7th & Constitution Avenue, NW, begins its summer series of live jazz music with Jazz in the Garden featuring Elikeh (Afro-funk from Togo). Enjoy the various jazz artists every Friday night from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm through the summer until August 29th. And it’s free!
On Sunday, May 25th, thousands of motorcyclists will ride down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol to support our veterans during “Rolling Thunder.” This is quite a sight to see! However, if you prefer Bach over Harleys, pack a picnic and enjoy a free concert on that same Sunday night at 8:30 PM by the National Symphony Orchestra on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn.
Arlington National Cemetery and D.C.’s military memorials continue to give special tribute to veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th. You can also watch the National Memorial Day Parade at 2:00 PM as it moves down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street, NW. Don’t miss visiting other prominent war memorials, as well. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the World War II Memorial are must-see D.C. exhibits.