Memorial Day Weekend Roundup, May 26 – May 30

This Monday, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in which we dedicate ourselves to honoring U.S. military personnel who died in service to our country. Many meaningful activities are available in the national capital area for the long weekend, including a field day on the National Mall, Memorial Day concert and parade and lots more. Have a great weekend!

Take a C&O Canal Boat Tour 

What better weekend than this to see Georgetown’s newly refurbished Canal Boat and take a C&O Canal Boat Tour! Boat rides are available in one-hour guided tours Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Canal Boat boarding area is located along the C&O Canal Towpath between Thomas Jefferson and 30th St. NW. More information on the boat tours can be found here.

C&O Canal Boat Tours are offered now through October. Courtesy Georgetown Heritage.

Homemade Food Marketplace “Shef” Teaming Up with World Central Kitchen This Weekend 

Online marketplace for local, homemade food “Shef” is teaming up with Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen to invite D.C. area residents to participate in “Dinner & A Doc.” Beginning Friday, you can pre-order a meal from Shef and check out the documentary “We Feed People,” directed by Academy Award-winner Ron Howard, on Disney+. “We Feed People” shows viewers how World Central Kitchen arrives at the front lines to provide food for those in crisis. More information on how to order from Shef can be found here.

Visit the National Mall for “FUTURES Field Day” 

On Saturday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building will take over the National Mall for “FUTURES Field Day.” Along with the NFL and NFL Players Association, the Arts and Industries Building will be hosting interactive talks with experts, obstacle courses, hands-on crafts and more. Don’t miss former wide receiver Darnerien McCants, former running back Brian Mitchell and current defensive lineman for the Washington Commanders James-Smith Williams. All ages are welcome to attend, and advanced and on-site registration will be required for some activities. More information on FUTURES Field Day can be found here.

The Kennedy Center’s Final Weekend for “Show Way: The Musical” 

Jacqueline Woodson, The Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, is hosting the final weekend of the stage adaptation of her Newbery-winning story. The performance, called “Show Way: The Musical,” is based on Woodson’s own family. Enjoy a tribute to women whose strength and knowledge light up their daughters’ lives. Shows run tonight through Sunday evening. More information on tickets can be found here.

The National Memorial Day Concert is Sunday 

PBS’s annual tradition, the National Memorial Day Concert, will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday from 8-9:30 p.m. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will be hosting, along with other celebrity performers. The concert is free, and if you can’t make it in person, it will be live streamed online and broadcast nationally on PBS. More information on the concert can be found here.

Speaking of Memorial Day… 

The National Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday. Enjoy marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers, and cheer on lots of U.S. veterans as they march down Constitution Avenue. The parade – the biggest of its kind in the U.S. — will be held in person for the first time since 2019. It is advised to arrive well before the 2 p.m. start time to nab a good spot. More information on the parade can be found here.

The National Memorial Day Parade is this weekend. Courtesy American Veterans Center.



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