Best Memorial Day Getaways Near Baltimore

May 16, 2015 8:00 AM

Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated in remembrance of the men and women who died serving in the United States armed forces. The United States armed forces include the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard. This holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was first celebrated after the Civil War and was first known as Decoration Day. These are some of the best Memorial Day getaways near Baltimore.
National Memorial Day Parade
The Mall
900 Ohio Dr., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024

Date: May 25, 2015, 2 p.m.

Known as the “Nation’s Front Yard,” the National Mall is the site of the National Memorial Day Parade. Organized by the American Veterans Center, the National Memorial Day parade will salute Military & Fallen Heroes from the American Revolution Through Afghanistan & Iraq. The parade, launched in 2005, is now televised and broadcast live to United States troops stationed around the world. The parade is the largest Memorial Day event in the nation and is a great way to show appreciation those we are willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom.

National Memorial Day Concert
West Lawn
United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

Date: May 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This year marks the 25th National Memorial Day Concert. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the eve of Memorial Day. The concert performed live on the West lawn of the United Capitol is also broadcast on PBS stations throughout the United States. The National Memorial Day Concert is one of PBS’ highest rated programs.

Sunset Celebration At Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000

Date: May 24-May 25, 2015 at  6 p.m.

Mount Vernon is the site of the Sunset Celebration event over Memorial Day. On May 24 and May 25, guests can attend the Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitors can tour the Mansion at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, stroll the grounds, take wagon rides and partake on some wine and desserts. Costumed performers will entertain guests with 18th century music and dancing.

Related: Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Baltimore For College Students

147th Annual Memorial Day Parade And Ceremony
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 919-6924

Date: May 25, 2015 at  2 p.m.

The 147th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony is hosted by the Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission. The parade and ceremony takes place on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, starting at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at Lefever Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and proceed northeast to Middle Street, then west on East middle Street, south on Baltimore Street, before ending at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. After the 147th Annual Memorial Day Parade there will be a Ceremony starting at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

Memorial Day Weekend At Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield
5831 Dunker Church Rd.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
(301) 432-5124

Date: May 23-May 25, 2015 at 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

On Memorial Day Weekend, visitors can explore Antietam National Battlefield. From May 23 to May 25, visitors to Memorial Day Weekend at Antietam National Battlefield can take a ranger tour, participate in a cemetery program, and experience living history to learn more about the sacrifices made by American soldiers at Antietam National Battlefield. On Memorial Day, there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Visitors to Antietam National Battlefield can begin their visit by exploring the Visitor Center, viewing the 26-minute introductory film, and joining a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk.

Related: Best Places For Winter Outdoor Adventures In Baltimore

Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.