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. 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 National Mall 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. Or, watch Howard University faceoff against Morehouse College at the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. The football game includes a long weekend of football-related free festivities like the AT&T Kick-Off Rally on Friday and the pre-game Pepsi Fan Festival on Saturday.
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 A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and catch the final weekend of Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at the National Geographic Museum.
Check out our 10 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC.