For me, Memorial Day weekend is the beginning of summer. The sun is usually shining, and the weather here in Northern Virginia is perfect. One of the many great things about living in Reston is how many choices for things to do on Memorial Day weekend there are--from lounging at the pool to going on wild adventures. Here are some fun things to try out this year.
Jump in a Reston pool
The Reston Association pools will be open Memorial Day weekend. While the water is still a little cold for me, it's fun to watch all the children splashing around in the water. If you can't wait until Memorial Day to go for a swim, Ridge Heights pool in South Reston and North Shore pool in Lake Anne are both heated and will open May 10. You can buy your pool pass online, which makes it easy to be ready for opening day!
Watch the Rolling Thunder rumble into town
Rolling Thunder is always an amazing sight. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons
Rolling Thunder is always an amazing sight. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons.
For motorcycle enthusiasts, the Ride of the Patriots is a four-day event over Memorial Day weekend, with a ton of activities at (or beginning) at Patriot Harley-Davidson, located just West of Fairfax Circle on Fairfax Boulevard (Map). The highlight for many locals is Rolling Thunder® on Sunday. It's awe-inspiring to see thousands of motorcycles rolling toward the Pentagon, united in the cause to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars. Learn more about Rolling Thunder and the Ride For Freedom here.
Sample some wine, learn some history
May 24, The Winery at Bull Run
A good time for a good cause... What more could you want? Visit the historic Manassas National Battlefield, then sit back for some live jazz band and award winning wine. Get into the spirit by wearing seersucker suits and sundresses, and feel like you've stepped into a bygone age. The fundraiser supports Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources, and organization that rebuilds lives and breaks the cycle of crime for thousands of individuals and families, providing support to families and opportunities for citizens to successfully return to the community after involvement with the criminal justice system. Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA Times: 2:00PM to 5:00PM Contact: Brandon Cosby Phone: (703) 246-3184 Admission: $50
ViVa! Vienna! Festival
May 24 - May 26, Historic Vienna
For those who have lived in Northern Virginia for any length of time, ViVa! Vienna! has become an annual must-attend Memorial Day event. This family and community oriented celebration includes amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment--fun for all ages! Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations. 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations. Address: 245 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA Times: Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm; Monday 10am-6pm Phone: (703) 255-4742 Admission: Free to attend; Food and Rides cost extra
Wolf Trap summer blast off!
May 25, Wolf Trap - The Filene Center
Summers on the lawn at Wolf Trap. Truly one of life's pleasures. Kick of the summer season with a free performance by the U.S. Marine Band followed by fireworks. The Filene Center gates open at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early because the park closes once capacity is reached. This is a fun event for the whole family!
Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA Times: 8 PM Phone: 1-877-WOLFTRAP Admission: Free
National Memorial Day Parade
May 26, Downtown DC
Honor our vets on Monday, May 26, 2014 by cheering the participants in The National Memorial Day Parade. It starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and proceeds west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. It's a great way to enjoy Washington, DC on a beautiful Spring day, and even visit the national monuments and museums after. From the American Revolution up to present day conflicts, the Parade will commemorate the American spirit and the sacrifices of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve so we can live in the Land of the Free. The parade will include floats, high school marching bands, veterans, service members, local and national celebrities, service organizations and clubs, and much more!
Address: Constitution Avenue & 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC Times: 2:00 p.m.
You don't think the fun stops after Memorial Day, do you? Plan on heading down to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday, May 31 for Northern Virginia Magazine's Annual Slice is Right Food Event. Stay tuned for more details.