Hometown Holidays 2018: Memorial Day in Rockville, Maryland

Street festival features Taste of Rockville, live music, and a parade

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

Hometown Holidays is the annual Memorial Day street festival in Rockville, Maryland. This three-day event features the Taste of Rockville, dozens of entertainers performing on multiple stages, children's rides, teen activities, a fine arts festival, an environmental expo, ​and the Memorial Day ceremony and parade. The parade—one of the longest-running in the Washington, D.C., area—started in the early 20th century with 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 by American Legion Post 86, and a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by the American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard. The Memorial Day parade includes drill teams, marching bands, floats, community groups, military units, and more. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend.  

When

Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, 2018

Where

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

Hometown Holidays Schedule: May 26 and 27, Noon–10 p.m.

  • Taste of Rockville: Enjoy food and drinks from more than 20 of Rockville's best restaurants. Get your food tickets at a Taste of Rockville ticket booth, then browse the food booths along Maryland Avenue and Courthouse Square. Participating restaurants include Amici Miei Ristorante, Armand's Pizzeria and Grill, Botanero, Brooklyn's Deli & Catering, Dawson's Market, Fresh Baguette, Golden Samovar, Pandora Seafood House and Bar, Spice Xing, and Trapezaria. Tickets for food will be $1.25 each, with most menu items costing between one and four tickets each. 

  • Musical performances: More than 30 groups will perform across six city blocks in Rockville Town Center for the city's Hometown Holidays Music Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your chairs and blankets and get there early to stake out your spot. Music begins at 2 p.m. Performers on Saturday include Dupont Brass, Bill Kirchen, Big Infinite, RTC Breakers Breakdancers, and more. Sunday performers include Lloyd Dobbler Effect, Jah Works, Lindsey Buckingham Palace, Nauseous Hippos, and more.
  • Kids entertainment: Free, kid-friendly performances will take place on the Town Square Stage. Don't miss Reptiles Alive! and Here Comes Trouble. Kids activities include sand-castle building by the Bud Light Beach Stage. There will also be rides in the Regal parking lot (tickets required). 

Memorial Day Schedule

9 a.m.: Rockville Concert Band and Chorus
9:30 a.m.: Memorial Day ceremony
10:30 a.m.: Memorial Day parade

The ceremony takes place at Rockville Town Square in the plaza. 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.

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.

For a detailed schedule of events and more information, visit ​Hometown Holidays.