Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Family Fun Picks

Rockville Hometown Holidays Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 2-10pm: Kids’ activities, Taste of Rockville Yummies and over 30 bands just doing their thing, dog. (So sorry, my husband made me watch American Idol with him again this season. Who still watches that?) Look for the Purple Zone for the family activities. Saturday has the Bach 2 Rock kids on stage from 2-3:30pm, Milkshake from 4:30-5:30pm, and Adventure Theatre-MTC is performing from 6-6:45pm. 20 restaurants sell their goodies for just $1.25 a serving in the Taste of Rockville section — a fun way to buy the family dinner.

Rockville Memorial Day Parade Monday May 27 10:30am: My family and I love this annual parade, with marching bands, military units, fire trucks, athletes, dance groups, cultural organizations, clubs and electeds throwing candy from convertibles. The 69th Memorial Day parade kicks off from Martins Lane and North Washington Street, turning left onto Beall Avenue, turning right onto Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center and then making a left on East Montgomery Avenue. Free and fab fun!

Sunset Celebrations at Mount Vernon Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 6-8:30pm: A rare chance to visit Historic Mount Vernon in the evening, watching the sunset with a glass of wine and your kid on your hip. “Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase on the lawn overlooking the Potomac River.  Delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation with costumed residents like the charming Lady Washington. This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation.”

National Harbor Carousel and National Children’s Museum: The carousel is located on National Plaza at the north end of National Harbor along the waterfront. Admission is $5 for an all day pass or $3 for a single carousel ride — but this weekend only — receive an all day pass for just $3 with military identification. Parents are always free with purchase of admission for children. While you are down there (and especially if it is a rainy weekend that keeps you from using that pool membership), visit the National Children’s Museum, open all weekend 10am-5pm.

Medieval Times at Arundel Mills Memorial Day Weekend Reduced Price Tickets: Prices are slashed by $22 for adults this holiday weekend, making it one of the most saving-savvy times to visit this Renaissance performance theatre. Use promo code MDWWEB when booking your online reservation. We went last year over Memorial Day Weekend and had a blast!


  1. Laura Kelly says

    We were very disappointed with the Rockville Memorial Day Parade. They did have a color guard (police) but the first third was mainly local politicians and then the following organizations were a mix of random non-military organizations and international groups. I am a veteran and was upset that they had one man in a car with a sign “Korean War and WWII vet”. Where was the acknowledgement to those who served and died? I know there was a ceremony before the parade, but the parade did not reflect the true meaning of Memorial Day. We explained to our girls the purpose of the “holiday” to our girls on the way to the parade and left early because performances like that of the Bolivian dancers, while entertaining, did not reflect the true meaning of this day. A missed opportunity Rockville.

  2. Hi Laura —

    I am sad and disappointed that you and your family were not satisfied with the Rockville Memorial Day Parade.

    I too attended the event, as my family and I do most years, and I believe that it is a great community event which honors those who gave their lives for this country. The parade is made possible by hundreds of volunteers.

    My children were particularly moved by the all-volunteer band and the Rockville Community Chorus tributes, and the lone horse which symbolized the fallen.

    All participants in the parade are volunteers who sign up to show their thanks to our soldiers who have died and honor them by donating their services and diverse gifts with the community.

    I am personally very grateful to every single Bolivian dancer and entertaining parade participant who took time out of his or her life to share their gifts with our local families.

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