- The parade route is shown by the blue line.
- Reviewing stands are located between 15th and 17th Streets
- Parking garages are shown on the map by the blue "P" icons.
Transportation and Parking
As with most special events in Washington, DC, the best way to get downtown is by Metro. The closest stations are Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, and Archives/Navy Memorial. Parking is very limited in this part of Washington, DC. See information about parking near the National Mall. The Memorial Day Parade is a major annual event that draws a large crowd. It is highly recommended that you take public transportation and arrive early.
Time Savings Tip: The closest Metro Stations will be the busiest and there are many stations within a walkable distance. You can save time and avoid crowds by going to a station that is more than a few blocks away from the parade route. Also, plan ahead and load enough money on your SmarTrip card in advance. Lines get backed up at the fare machines before and after major events. See a guide for using Washington Metro.
By car, the Downtown Washington DC is accessible from I-395, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway, I-66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29. See more detailed driving directions.
The nation's capital is a great place to celebrate patriotic holidays and participate in events that honor our nation's heroes. There are a wide variety of family-friendly events taking place throughout the weekend. For more information about Memorial Day events, see Memorial Day in Washington DC.
Parade Route Along Constitution Avenue
This map shows the route for the Washington, DC Memorial Day Parade which runs along Constitution Ave, NW beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street NW. The parade is held along the northern edge of the National Mall passing by The Ellipse, the grounds of the Washington Monument, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.
Closeup View of the Memorial Day Parade Route
The Washington, DC Memorial Day Parade runs along Constitution Avenue a major street that runs east-west in the heart of Downtown Washington DC. The best way to get to the parade is to take public transportation. Metro Stations near the National Mall include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, Archives-Navy Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. See a guide for using Washington Metro.