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Memorial Day, Rolling Thunder Road Closures

Motorcycle riders congregate at the Pentagon for the 2010 Rolling Thunder event.
Nathasha Lim
Motorcycle riders congregate at the Pentagon for the 2010 Rolling Thunder event.

It's Memorial Day weekend, which means motorcyclists from across the country will be roaring into town for the annual Rolling Thunder rally to honor the fallen and forgotten service members that fought for our country.

The rally takes place Sunday, with participants assembling at the Pentagon at 7 a.m. The ride begins at noon. Riders will exit the Pentagon parking lot from the Washington Boulevard exit. The route crosses the Arlington Memorial Bridge, down Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, turning at 3rd Street, and then again at Independence Avenue. The ride will continue around the National Mall, concluding near the Lincoln Memorial. Road closures around the mall begin at 9 a.m. Spectators should arrive early to set up.


Memorial Day Weekend Road Closures

Saturday, May 25

  • 22nd Street, NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue, NW (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Sunday, May 26

  • 22nd Street, NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue, NW (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

The following streets will be closed for the Rolling Thunder rally starting at 6 a.m.:

  • Constitution Avenue, NW will be closed from 15th Street, NW to 23rd Street, NW
  • Independence Avenue, SW will be closed from 14th Street, SW to 23rd Street, SW

Rolling Thunder Rally 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

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
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