Memorial Day Celebrations In Washington DC

May 13, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: African American Civil War Memorial

Memorial Day 2013 is significant for American military history, marking the 230th anniversary of the end of the Revolutionary War, 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the 10th anniversary of the start of the recent Iraq War. With American soldiers still at war and in dangerous circumstances the world over, Memorial Day holds a significant place in the lives of all Americans. As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC has always maintained graceful events that uphold the prestige of Memorial Day. Memorial Day 2013 gives families, tourists and DC residents the opportunity to honor the fallen and support those defending the American ideals of justice and freedom abroad.

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African American Civil War Memorial (Credit, Kayleigh Bryant)

African American Civil War Memorial
1925 Vermont Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 667-2667

The African American Civil War Memorial serves as a reminder of the war that divided a nation and those who struggled for freedom and equality for all. The monument is the only national memorial for the soldiers of color who gave their lives in the Civil War’s fight for freedom. This 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, so the African American Civil War Memorial is especially significant on this holiday.

Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(877) 907-8585

One of the most popular national sites for honoring Memorial Day is the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of veterans and historical figures. It offers special tours and hosts special services throughout Memorial Day weekend.

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Newseum (Credit, Kayleigh Bryant)

555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 639-7386

In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., the Newseum has amassed a very special exhibition. This intimate look into the life, politics and career of one of the most iconic presidents is incredibly moving and intriguing. The death of the 35th president was so shocking to the nation that many today still find it important to recognize JFK on such somber occasions as Memorial Day.

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National Memorial Day Parade
Starts at Constitution Ave. and 7th St. N.W.
>Washington, DC 20001
(703) 302-1012

Date: May 27, 2013

One of the best Memorial Day celebrations for families and groups is the National Memorial Day Parade. The parade marches down Constitution Avenue beginning at 7th Street, passes the White House and concludes at 17th Street. Prior to the start of the parade, there are performances and activities for viewers beginning at 1 p.m. at the viewing stand near the National Archives.

President Lincoln’s Cottage
140 Rock Creek Church Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 829-0436

On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, visit the site where President Lincoln lived when he wrote the document to free the slaves. The assassination of any beloved president is worth remembering on Memorial Day. President Lincoln’s Cottage is committed to providing unique programs to continue President Lincoln’s discourse of freedom, equality and justice in America.

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Kayleigh Bryant is a D.C. native, traveler, foodie, artist and frequent museum visitor. Her lifelong fascination with art has moved her to explore the themes, techniques and media artists have employed to express their ideas. Kayleigh has earned a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Her work can be found on