The perfect start to summer: parades, barbecue, and our favorite Memorial Day events in DC
Memorial Day weekend in DC is a great opportunity to honor fallen heroes by visiting the numerous monuments in Washington DC. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and a great time to experience the best that the city has to offer.
On Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2 p.m., check out the Memorial Day Parade. The parade includes marching bands and veterans from all 50 states. The parade starts at Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House and ends at 17th Street.
What’s that noise in the distance? The distant grumble that turns into full on engine vroom is Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle rally that serves as a call for the government’s recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs).
Feeling musical? Don’t miss the Memorial Day concert on the National Mall hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. The 2013 winner of TV’s “The Voice” will perform at this year’s National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol’s West Lawn. The lineup this year includes Colin Powell along with Danielle Bradbery from “The Voice,” Dianne Wiest, Broadway star Megan Hilty, bandleader Doc Severinsen and singers Jackie Evancho and Anthony Kearns. They will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Craving some authentic barbeque on Memorial Day Weekend? Here are our favorite 6 spots in DC to grab fantastic BBQ. We recommend getting it To Go and making a picnic of it on the National Mall.
1801 14th Street NW.
Mr. P’s Ribs & Fish
514 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse
732 Maryland Ave NE
Smoke & Barrel
2471 18th Street NW
Hill Country BBQ
410 Seventh Street NW
Kangaroo Boxing Club
3410 11th Street NW