The FITgals hoped you have enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend!
If you did not flee to the beach, here are some wonderful things going on in DC today.
1. You can’t talk about Memorial Day in DC without mentioning the National Memorial Day Parade. Put on since 2005, the parade—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—is run by the American Veterans Center and honors those servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Set on Constitution Avenue, the march wows audiences exceeding 250,000 strong with marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, floats and hundreds of veterans. Festivities start at 2 pm.
2. Arlington National Cemetery hosts an array of events to mark Memorial Day. Head to the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 p.m. for an official Memorial Day service, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. At 4 p.m. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.
3. Visit President Lincoln’s Cottage. Take a free guided tour of the USSAH National Cemetery (predecessor of Arlington National Cemetery) at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the Soldiers’ Home at 10 a.m. Tours of the Cottage will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the regular price of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
4. In need of a FIT activity? Run around the National Mall! Start with honoring the most famous war general in U.S. History by running by the Washington Monument (which has finally re-opened to the public). From there, pay your respects with a jog around the National World War II Memorial. Next up, trek to the Lincoln Memorial and take a water break while reading one of the most powerful speeches on sacrifice: the Gettysburg Address. Head from there to the Korean War Veterans Memorial and finish up with a run back to the Monument.
5. Missed out on the DC festivities because you were out of town? Make up for it on Friday with Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. It debuted its summer series on Friday, May 23, but each week features a different band. Bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to pack a picnic or to head to the on-site Pavilion Café for sangria and sandwiches. Bands play between 5 pm and 8:30. This Friday enjoy the musical styling’s of Bruce Ewan (blues harmonica).
Have a safe and fun day off with friends and family!