Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the DC metro

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- There are plenty of ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend right here in the D.C. metro if you don't plan on heading to the beach or out of town. Here are a few ways to ensure the weekend is eventful.

National Memorial Day Concert

Join visitors, Washingtonians, and the National Symphony Orchestra for a free concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn. Gates open at 5 p.m. Sunday and the concert kicks off at 8 p.m. For more information regarding this event visit: http://to.pbs.org/1obNPeP

National Memorial Day Parade

Don't miss out on the parade of marching bands and veterans units from all 50 states at the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The parade begins on Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/1nckEeD

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

Watch thousands of motorcycles roll through the District in an annual demonstration to try and help improve veteran benefits. Watch the The Buffalo Thunder Memorial Motorcycle Ride starting at 10 a.m. and the speak program and tribute at 1:30 p.m. Visit: http://abt.cm/1jrEHSE for more details about the event.

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Arlington National Cemetery

Enjoy various events throughout Memorial Day at the Arlington National Cemetery. Don't miss out on a ceremony and concert at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Memorial Day on Monday at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m. the Women in Military Service for America Memorial will also have a ceremony with everything from military honors, to the Memorial's signature event.

Navy Memorial

Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday the Rolling Thunder will be stopping by the Navy Memorial and holding a wreath-laying ceremony with plenty of guests and live performances.

The Fleet Reserve Association Wreath laying will also take place at the Navy Memorial at 10 a.m. on Monday, followed by the US Navy Band Concert at noon and the Naval District Washington wreath laying at 1 p.m.

World War II Memorial

Join veterans Saturday as they come together at the World War II Memorial to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The remembrance will feature several speakers and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

A commemoration sponsored by the National Park Service and Friends of the National World War II Memorial will take place on Monday at 9 a.m. and will also feature guest speakers.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Friends, families and veterans will gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1 p.m. on Monday to remember and honor the armed US forces.

Air Force Memorial

The wreath laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial will take place on Monday at 9 a.m. and will feature various activities throughout the event.

President Lincoln's Cottage

The wreath laying kicks of at 10 a.m. at President Lincoln's Cottage. In addition, the USSAH National Cemetery will be offering free guided tours on Monday starting at 10:45 a.m. and at noon. Take a tour of the cemetery and don't miss out on the President Lincoln's Cottage tour as well if you have time and there is space.

Grand Opening of the National Harbor's Capital Wheel

If you're not too afraid of heights, be sure to stop by the National Harbor for the a breathtaking view of DC and surrounding areas from 180 feet above. The Capital Wheel is open to the public Friday and will operate throughout the year. For more information on the grand debut, prices, location and times visit: http://bit.ly/1qVB38X

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Hometown Holidays in Rockville

Head over to Rockville for over 30 free concerts, activities for the entire family, the Taste of Rockville and more throughout Memorial Day weekend. Plus, don't miss out on the 70th annual Memorial Day Parade. Find out the exact location, the lineup and times by visiting: http://bit.ly/1tlG34g

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Enjoy a tea party reenactment along with a colonial parade, an animal puppet show, a scavenger hunt and plenty more perfect for all ages. Visit: http://bit.ly/1nrgivZ for the entire schedule of events throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival

If you're looking for a change of pace during the Memorial Day weekend, then spice up the holiday at the Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival. To find out more about the festival go to: http://1.usa.gov/1tq1jWI

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

Don't miss out on a fun day in Falls Church with food vendors, live entertainment, a parade and more for Memorial Day. Find out about parking and the festival by visiting: http://bit.ly/1sZEQxI

Jazz in the Garden

Jazz in the Garden, a weekly summer jazz festival kicks of this Friday.and will continue throughout the summer. Don't miss out on the first jazz session of the season at the Pavilion Cafe. Find more information about the line up and the times throughout the summer here: http://bit.ly/1qYNSPC

Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival

Take a trip to the Virginia countryside at the Sky Meadows State Park for the annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival, which features everything from food, to hayrides, to plenty of games for the family. For directions and times visit: http://bit.ly/1gUQ3zM

DC outdoor pools

Last but not least, let's not forget about DC outdoor pools opening Memorial Day weekend. READ: DC outdoor pools open Memorial Day weekend to find out more.

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