Can you believe it’s already May? With just four weeks to go until ACHA 2018, the National Office is working hard to put the finishing touches on what’s sure to be a great Annual Meeting. Since the meeting starts the Tuesday after Memorial Day, we know lots of attendees will take advantage of a few extra days in our Nation’s Capital. To help your Memorial Day weekend planning, we’ve put together a list of activities to serve as a starting point.
Memorial Day Events
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally – May 27
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally brings together motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. to honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War.
National Memorial Day Choral Festival – May 27 at 3:00 pm
Held at the Kennedy Center, the free National Memorial Day Choral Festival is a powerful concert experience that features a 300-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra.
National Memorial Day Concert – May 27 at 8:00 pm
PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform, as well as their families. The free annual concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol the day before Memorial Day each year.
National Memorial Day Parade – May 28 at 2:00 pm
The National Memorial Day Parade ushers marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue. This televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military.
Ongoing Monthly Event
Jazz in the Garden – May 18 – August 24 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden starting May 18.
Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World – Opening May 18
This spring Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new three-year exhibit entitled Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World. The Outbreak exhibit is meant to recognize this anniversary, and examine the human ecology of epidemics.
‘Postmen of the Skies: Celebrating 100 Years of Airmail Service’ – Opened May 1
America’s fascination with airmail service in the early 20th century will be the focus of this new exhibit at the National Postal Museum.
‘RECOGNIZE’ – May 3 – June 3
The National Portrait Gallery turns 50 this year and they want you to pick out the next celebrity who should be featured on their Recognize Wall.