Hometown Holidays 2017 (Memorial Day in Rockville, MD)

Street Festival and Parade

Two men carrying the US and Maryland flags riding horses in a parade
••• Rachel Cooper

Hometown Holidays is Rockville, Maryland’s annual street festival celebrating Memorial Day. The three-day event features dozens of entertainers performing on seven stages, children's rides, teen activities, VisArts Fine Arts Festival, an environmental expo, the Taste of Rockville, and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. The parade—one of the longest-running in the capital region—started in the early 20th century with the tradition of a regional homecoming picnic and parade on Washington Street, organized by Rockville's African American community.

The Memorial Day ceremony includes music by the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus, a wreath laying led by American Legion Post 86, and 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard. The Memorial Day Parade includes drill teams, marching bands, community groups, military units, and more.

Dates: May 27 - 29, 2017

Location

Hometown Holidays is located in Rockville Town Center and is walking distance from the Rockville Metro Station.

Parking

Free parking is available at the Council Office Building on Fleet Street, Metro lots, City Hall lots, and the lots north of Beall Avenue. Paid parking is available for a flat fee in the Rockville Town Square Route 355 and North Washington Street garages.

Hometown Holidays Schedule

Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, 2-10 p.m.
Market Place, Taste of Rockville, Kids Activities, Live Entertainment.

Monday, May 29, 2017
9 a.m. Rockville Concert Band & Chorus
9:30 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony
10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade

Ceremony and Parade Viewing Location: Courthouse Square at Martins Lane and North Washington Street. The parade route begins on Martins Lane, turns south onto North Washington Street, then turns east onto Beall Avenue, south onto Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center and east onto East Montgomery Avenue.

Musical Performances Throughout the Weekend

More than 30 groups will take to four stages across six city blocks in Rockville Town Center for the city's Hometown Holidays Music Fest on Saturday and Sunday.  

Artists on the Bud Light Beach Stage will include:

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation with its "Noladelic Powerfunk" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Honey Island Swamp Band plays Bayou Americana and roots rock at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa represents the Big Easy on the stage at 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Roots reggae from Baltimore's Jah Works at 6:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Phat blues music of Baltimore's Kelly Bell Band at 4 p.m. Sunday
  • The Nighthawks, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Artists on the Maryland Avenue Stage will include:

  • The Appalachian rock of Big Daddy Love at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • The folk/rock/country of Shane Smith & The Saints at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • The '70s lo-fi pop/rock/contemporary soul/blues of Hannah Gill & the Hours at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • The funk/reggae/rock/hip-hop Tropidelic at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Taste of Rockville

Participating restaurants include Armand's Chicago Pizzeria, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carmen's Italian Ice & Café, Dawson's Market, Golden Samovar, Lucky Strike, Matt's House of Kabob, Mellow Mushroom, Miller's Ale House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Paladar, Saffron Indian Cuisine, Seasons 52, Seven Seas, Spice Xing, Summer House Santa Monica/Stella Barra Pizzeria and Trapezaria Kuzina.

Tickets for food will be $1.25 each, with most menu items costing between one and four tickets each.

For a more detailed schedule of entertainment, see Rockville's Hometown Holidays page.