Being Social: the Weekend of 05.27.11

26 May

Ah, Memorial Day.  The unofficial start to summer, and the transition from spring break tourists to summer vacation tourists.  I think the excited spring break ones are worse, but the summer ones are around for soooo long, clogging my metro and obscuring my backyard (the Iwo Jima Memorial).

As DC is the nation’s capital, there’s a ton of holiday celebrating going on including the Stars & Stripes & Spokes motorcycle fest going on the entire holiday weekend, and a ton of events that incorporate the Rolling Thunder motorcycle organization:

(via doctorbulldog)

May 27

9pmRolling Thunder (that’s a metric ton of bikers doing their biker respect thing) Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

May 28

10amRolling Thunder Wreathlaying Ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial
11am-3pmRolling Thunder Saluting Our Troops between the Reflecting Pool and the Korean War Memorial

May 29

NoonRolling Thunder will do their annual ride around the city, which is very loud and pretty powerful to watch.  See a Map of the Route!

also competing for the Noon slot is the Miss Stars & Stripes & Spokes bikini contest at RFK stadium.  There’s a second round at 2pm if you really want to see the rally, though!

6pmBoard Game night at Science Club!

8pm – PBS sponsors a FREE concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  Get there early for a seat near the stage and you might be on TV! (via about.com)

May 30th

11am – Wreathlaying at the Arlington Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns

Also at 11 (although I’m assuming this based on Google, as the website doesn’t have the time ><) is Cafe Saint Ex’s Memorial Day Chili Cook Off

12pmPolicy’s Local Craft Beer and Crab Festival, which is the kick-off to Savor weekAllegedly there is an $18 entry fee, which includes all-you-can eat and cheap beer specials.

2pmMemorial Day Parade downtown on Constitution Avenue

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