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HOW TO SPEND MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Emma Petty Author: Emma Petty
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Last updated: 23 May 2019

While a three-day Memorial Day weekend in Washington D.C is a good an excuse as any to enjoy time with your friends and family in the sun, it’s also an opportunity to pay tribute to America’s war heroes and active duty military. Combine the two and enjoy the countless Memorial Day events with your loved ones throughout Washington D.C. – all just minutes away from Liaison Capitol Hill!  

WATCH THE LARGEST MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IN THE COUNTRY

When: Monday 27 May, from 2pm to 4pm

Where: Starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the National Mall and the White House, ending at 17th Street NW

As the largest Memorial Day parade in the country, it would be a hard one to miss if you’re in D.C. Find a spot an hour or so before kick-off to get a decent view. Expect to see marching bands, historic re-enactments and musical performers (to name a few!) alongside veterans and troops currently serving the country.

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT

When: Sunday 26 May 8pm

Where: The West Lawn of the U.S Capitol

Potentially the highlight of the Memorial Day celebrations, the award-winning outdoor concert returns for another year on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol! The uplifting event unites the country in remembrance of its fallen heroes while showcasing the talents of its star-studded line-up. For those wanting to hang out with the locals and avoid the crowds of tourists, there’s a dress rehearsal on the Saturday night which is also free to watch.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CHORAL FESTIVAL

When: Sunday 26 May 3pm

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Prepare to be blown away by the stunning 300 (yes – 300!) voice choir within the walls of the Kennedy Center, accompanied by the U.S Airforce Orchestra. Sing along in honor of America’s heroes. This will be the Kennedy Center's 11th annual concert; a tradition like nothing else and definitely something to experience in person if you get the chance. If you haven’t managed to bag some tickets, any unclaimed bookings are given away at the venue box office.

ENJOY A WEEKEND OF BASEBALL AT THE NATIONALS PARK

When: Friday 24 May to Monday 27 May

Where: Nationals Park  

The Washington Nationals are taking on the Miami Marlins in a four-game tournament over Memorial Weekend. A ball game is a perfect day out for the whole family, with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby to head to once it’s all over.

  • Baseball pitch at night
    Photo credit: Ball parks of baseball

REFLECT AMONG THE NATIONAL MALL MEMORIALS

When: Open all year round, 24 hours a day

Where: Between Independence and Constitution Avenues from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial   

Home to some of the United States’ most recognisable and significant monuments, the National Mall can be a place of true remembrance for lost loved ones or honouring fallen servicemen and women. It can get pretty busy over the upcoming weekend, with over 24 million visits in total each year! So make sure you’re prepared to queue or get caught in a crowd because this is a great one to do if you’re only here for the weekend.

DO SOME ROOFTOP HOPPING

After a long day of exploring Washington D.C and enjoying the various events throughout, it’s important to treat yourself to a cocktail (or three). There are plenty of rooftops to check-out and are the perfect setting to take you from day to night. Our favourite is the Liaison Capitol Hill, just minutes away from all the action.

  • People raising glasses over a dinner table
    Photo credit: Liaison Washington Capitol Hill