Jump-start your summer vacation by spending Memorial Day weekend in DC. Friday marks the beginning of the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden, a summer-long series of free Friday-night jazz performances.
On Sunday, catch the powerful sight of thousands of motorcyclists riding down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol to advocate for veterans rights during Rolling Thunder XXVIII. Pack a picnic and head to the National Mall on Sunday night for a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.
On Memorial Day, witness the moving tributes at DC’s military memorials and Arlington National Cemetery, and watch the National Memorial Day Parade travel down Constitution Avenue. The weekend is also a particularly moving time to visit DC’s many war memorials, including the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
For more ideas, check out our 10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC.
There’s no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than the nation’s capital. During the day, join in the fun of a summertime tradition as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival transforms the area between 3rd and 4th Streets NW, just north of the National Museum of the American Indian, into a global village. Take part in patriotic programs at the National Archives, the National Cathedral, Mount Vernon and other attractions. In the evening, head to the National Mall for a star-studded concert and a spectacular fireworks display, or make plans to watch from a rooftop restaurant.
Be sure to read the top 10 Things to Do in DC for the Fourth of July.
End your summer with a power-packed Labor Day weekend. Saturday, head to the DC Blues Festival to enjoy the free music, workshops and activities.
On Sunday night, the National Symphony Orchestra dazzles music lovers with a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Explore fantastic free exhibitions, including The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi in its final weekend at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Check out our 10 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC.