13 ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Northern Virginia

Pay your respects at these patriotic events throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery

Woodbridge Beer Fest 2019
May 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Raise a glass to the current, former and future soldiers at Brew Republic Bierwerks, where adults can enjoy select local craft brews and wine, food trucks and live music, while kids can join the fun with on-tap root beer throughout the day. // Brew Republic Bierwerks: 15201 Potomac Town Place, Suite 120, Woodbridge; $59 general admission, $6 kids

 Memorial Day in Quantico Fireworks Party
May 25, 7-10 p.m.
Come celebrate the star-spangled holiday with the Marine Corps on the Potomac River, with live music from The Stormin’ Norman Band and fireworks at 9 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! // 410 River Road, Quantico; free

The National Memorial Day Choral Festival
May 26, 3 p.m.
The annual festival honors our veterans who have put their lives on the line to serve the United States in combat. Choirs from around the country will perform in memory of those brave Americans who have died in service. // The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC; free

Wolf Trap Summer Blast Off! “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
May 26, 8 p.m.
Ring in the summer season at Wolf Trap as “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band performs classic favorites. The night is topped off with a fireworks display. // Wolf Trap: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; free

2019 Living History & Artillery Demonstrations
May 26-27, Times vary
There’s nothing quite like seeing a military demonstration with antique weaponry. Manassas National Battlefield Park will host educational reenactments of cannons and other artillery over Memorial Day weekend. // Manassas National Battlefield Park: 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas; free

 Ringing in Hope: Walk, Fun and Run
May 27, 7-11 a.m.
Featuring a 5K and 10K race, as well as a 1K Freedom Fun Run, One Loudoun has a festive day planned, filled with physical activity, patriotic music, food at the finish line and over $5,000 in giveaway prizes for participants. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a nonprofit wellness center for veterans and their families who receive guidance and assistance needed to heal from combat-related stress. // One Loudoun: 20626 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn; $15-$50 for race participation

Mindful Memorial Day
May 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial welcomes all for its Mindful Memorial Day, where 6,964 yellow ribbons with an attached warrior card will be displayed in honor of every fallen solider since 9/11. At 10 a.m., participants and volunteers will take a Compassion Walk through Arlington National Cemetery. // Women in Military Service for America Memorial: 2 Memorial Ave. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington; mindfulmemorialday.org; free

African-American History Bike Ride
May 27, 9 a.m.-noon
Start off the holiday by traveling to the past of Alexandria’s African-American history. The tour will highlight Benjamin Banneker (almanac author and early scientist in the mid-1700s and early 1800s), as well as the Freedom House Museum. The event will also honor the lives of fallen African-American soldiers buried at the Alexandria National Cemetery. // Jones Point Park: Jones Point Drive, Alexandria; free

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival
May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join the Falls Church community for its 38th annual Memorial Day Parade. Check out the patriotic neighborhood floats, bands and military groups in attendance. // City Hall Grounds: 300 Park Ave., Falls Church; free

 Memorial Day Ceremony – Leesburg
May 27, 10 a.m.
Commemorate soldiers with this ceremony outside the court house, as wreaths will be placed at several war memorials. // Loudoun County Court House: 18 E. Market St., Leesburg; free

 Memorial Day Ceremony – Alexandria
May 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The event will honor both captain Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace (USMA 1959, posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient, POW/MIA and Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee) and the 67 other Alexandrians who were killed in action or missing in action during the Vietnam War. Recitation of the names of fallen heroes, patriotic music by U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and other tributes will occur. // Mount Vernon Recreation Center: 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria; free

Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony and Concert
May 27, 11 a.m.
Join the U.S. Army Military District of Washington for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A concert at the Memorial Amphitheater will follow. // Arlington National Cemetery: 214 McNair Road, Arlington; free 

National Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2 p.m.
Held along Constitution Avenue, this annual parade brings in hundreds of thousands of spectators from across the country. Observe history in real life as the parade honors soldiers from the American Revolution to present day. // Downtown DC: Constitution Ave. and Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC; free

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