Picture Courtesy of  © Capital Concerts, Taps at the U.S. Capitol  


Chestertown Tea Party Festival: May 25-27, 2012. The historic river-front town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay (about an hour and half from DC) kicks off each summer with a weekend of fun for the whole family including a tea toss reenactment, colonial parade, cocktail party, raft race, street performances, colonial crafts, strolling musicians, local fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more.


Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon: May 25-27, 2012, 6-9 p.m.  A family-friendly event! Enjoy evening tours of the Mansion, 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and visit with Lady Washington and her granddaughter Nelly. Admission: Adults, $18; children ages 6 – 11, $12; and children under 5 are admitted free.


National Memorial Day Concert: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.
PBS sponsors a FREE concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.


National Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 28, 2012, beginning at 2 p.m.
The parade of Marching Bands and Veterans units from all 50 states steps off at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street.


Arlington National Cemetery: Monday, May 28, 2012, 11 a.m. A wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day.


There will also be ceremonies held at the following memorials:

Navy Memorial: Monday, May 28, 2012, 10 a.m.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Monday, May 28, 2012, 1 p.m.

World War II Memorial: Monday, May 28, 2012, 9 a.m.

Air Force Memorial: Monday, May 28, 2012, 9 a.m.


Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!