Memorial Day Weekend Road Closures for Rolling Thunder, National Memorial Day Parade and United House of Prayer Memorial Parade

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From DDOT:

Saturday, May 25, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013

Annual Thunder Alley

Rolling Thunder will kick off its Annual Thunder Alley on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The following streets will be affected on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, May 26, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, May 27, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· 22nd Street, NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Rolling Thunder Rally

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, the Rolling Thunder Rally will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration. For more information on Thunder Alley and Rolling Thunder Rally, please visit

Traffic Route

· Route will begin at the Pentagon and travel across the Lincoln Memorial Bridge (Eastbound)
· North on 23rd Street, NW
· Right turn on Constitution Avenue, NW
· East along Constitution Avenue, NW
· Right on 3rd Street, NW
· South on 3rd Street, NW
· Right on Independence Avenue, SW
· West along Independence Avenue, SW until Ohio Drive, SW
· West on Ohio Drive, SW until West Potomac Park (disband).
· The stage and rally point is located near the Korean Memorial in West Potomac Park (USPP Territory).

Monday, May 27, 2013
National Memorial Day Parade

On Monday, May 27, 2013, the National Memorial Day Parade will take place from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The streets along the following route will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Starting from 7th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW ending at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
· Also closed: 7th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

and from MPD:

United House of Prayer Memorial Parade
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Starting at 12 Noon to 3:30pm

Parade Route:

The parade will form at 6th and M St NW. It will then start north on 6th St NW to S St NW, west on S St to 13th St NW, South on 13th St to Logan Circle southwest around Logan Circle to P St NW, east on P St to 7th St, South on 7th St to M St, East on M St to 6th St where they will disband.

23 Comment

  • Rant: Rolling Thunder.

    So. Obnoxiously. Loud.

  • I hate rolling thunder.

    • I love it!

    • I hate Rolling Thunder (a big party to show off bikes disguised as concern) so much that I go on vacation around Memorial Day.

      • Have you ever been, or is that based upon what you have heard about the event?

        As someone who has been, it seems like its not really about the bikes but honoring those who have served and those who have perished for their country. And it holds a lot of meaning for those who ride in it and those who go to pay respect. Is it loud, sure, but what parade doesn’t come with its share of noise?

  • LOVE ROLLING THUNDER!!! Love love love it! Such an awesome sight

  • Arlington Memorial Bridge, I think is the name? DDOT should know I suppose.

  • If you have never been, you must go to the UHOP parade around Logan Circle. It is like being in a small town for their Memorial Day Parade. I absolutely love it!

    • As someone who use to live within the perimeter of the parade route I found that parade increadibly annoying. I get it is a long standing parade and it well predates my mving into the neighborhood, but I find it ridiculous that a parade route is approved that entirely encircles an area. During the parade, except when the police feel like letting a few people through, there literally is no way in or out of the area bounded by S St, 13th, 6th, and P. Can’t we leave a little gap somewhere?

    • I agree! It is like a small town parade! I live just off the Circle and always forget about it until I hear the music…it’s fun to watch…

  • colheights67

    Thanks for the reminder — will stay as far away from it as possible.

  • Those saying they ‘hate’ Rolling Thunder should realize most of the participants are veterans…and honoring those who served is what Memorial Day is all about…I think we can put up with a little motorcycle noise for a few days…

    • i feel the same about all the events we have to “put up” with her in DC.
      rolling thunder. st paddy’s day. cop week, Caribbean festival, independence day. you’ve got to learn to revel in it and be thankful so many people want to come to dc to voice whatever they’ve got to say.

    • but the vets who died gave you the right to voice your opinion. God Bless them

    • actually you’re thinking of Veterans Day. Memorial Day is to remember those that died. it’s pretty specific.

  • Gathering in one place to show respect for those who served their country is thoughtful. Gathering across a huge swath of territory on intentionally loud noisemaking machines that disrupt other people’s lives is just a selfish festival. It’s analogous to going out to throw up in public on St. Patrick’s Day.

    • I agree and am a military officer. I think there is a better way to honor those we’ve lost than to have thousands of bikers congregate in downtown dc and shut down our city. Go plant a flag in the cemetery and say thank you. My wife and i work on weekends. I expect parades/festivals/celebrations on the day, but as far as i know the day before memorial day is not a holiday. For those of us who live in nw dc, pay taxes, and work hard do you think the bikers and dc police could figure out a way to enable all the other motorists to accomplish their goals too?

      Hard to cover multiple responsibilities at multiple places in the dc area when the city enables this kind of action.

      • i hope your boss understands any inefficiencies you might experience in your duties this weekend as people honor in the way that they personally see fit.

        for me, i’m working in my garden, talking to my grandmother about WWII, and going to a cookout.


        • Thank you, but patients need things when they need them and no one is giving me a police escort to the hospital. Likewise, my wife is self-employed and taridness for clients is just bad business. I’d never expect a government to understand that concept.

          Sounds like a nice weekend for you. Thank your grandma for me

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