The United State’s largest Memorial Day event, the 2016 National Memorial Day parade, is on Monday (May 30, 2016)
The parade starts Monday at 2 p.m. EST (1 CST). The parade is held annually along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets NW and ending at 17th Street.
When does the parade start?
The parade will start at 2 p.m. ET.
What is the parade route?
The annual Parade will start and end at United House of Prayer for All People at the corner of 6th and M streets NW on Saturday. Road closures include:
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. — M Street NW from 6th to 7th street
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 6th Street NW from L Street to S Street NW; S Street NW from 5th to 14th street; 13th Street NW from S to O street; Logan Circle; P Street NW from 14th to 6 street; 7th Street NW from Q to L street
The parade, in its 12th year, is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators along the National Mall to watch the event and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. As many as 4,000 people – including 2,000 veterans –will be taking part in the parade.
The National Memorial Day Parade is a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day. It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades, going back to the beginning of the holiday just after the Civil War, to create a family friendly event aimed at calling attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes.
The event was launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee. The parade is designed to be a moving timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and sacrificed from the American Revolution to the present day. Special events this year will be a tribute to the World War II generation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II; honoring the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001; and remembering the Gulf War.
In this parade, guest celebrities like actor Gary Sinise; Food Network’s Robert Irvine; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; actor Joe Mantegna; and Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell will participate. The parade will feature musical performances by American Idol Trent Harmon; John Michael Montgomery; Phil Vassar; Anthony Kearns; Tony Orlando; the New America Freedom Train Show; and the USO Show Troupe.