We’ve arrived! Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, signaling the unofficial start of summer and a well-deserved long weekend. Make the most of it–in between back yard barbecue hopping–with these fun-for-all happenings, including a Memorial Day parade, a celebratory airshow, and a bug run (it’s exactly what it sounds like–you dress up as a bug and do a 5k).
Photo: City of Falls Church


Bug Run
It’s time for the 3rd Annual CroppMetcalfe Bug Run! This year, the bugs are bigger as the event is now a 5K and 10-Miler run in Georgetown! Run dressed as your favorite bug or pest and everyone who participates will be entered to win one of the 20 sets of free tickets to a Washington Nationals game. Sun. Event


Blue Angels Airshow
Heads up! In honor of the US Naval Academy graduates, the Blue Angels will be filling the skies over Annapolis and you’re invited to watch. Fri. Event


Hometown Holiday
Celebrate Memorial Day at Rockville’s annual street festival. The three-day extravaganza features dozens of entertainers performing on seven stages, kid’s rides, teen activities, VisArts Fine Arts Festival, an environmental expo, the Taste of Rockville, and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. Fri.-Mon. Event


Strawberry Festival
The Delaplane Strawberry Festival includes two full days of family fun in Northern Virginia, including live entertainment, children’s games, pony rides and hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars and lots of food and crafts. It’s also near the Appalachian Trail, so it’s a perfect jumping-off spot for a family hike. Sat.-Sun. Event


Rolling Thunder
Don’t mind the rumble and motor over to Rolling Thunder, a massive assembly of bikers and the bikes they love that lasts all weekend long. From a candlelight vigil on Friday night to a wreath-laying ceremony and a roaring, thunderous route that starts at the Pentagon and finishes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, this is a sight worth seeing for kids of any age. Sun. Event

Constitution Avenue

National Memorial Day Parade
This is the big one, folks. Take your kids to the National Memorial Day Parade, including musical performers and celebrity veterans and supporters of the military, and they won’t forget it. Mon. Event

What do you have planned for the long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady