The 2020 Sunset Parade Season is right around the corner!
Please reference the "Parade Schedule" tab above for this year's parade dates.
A one hour performance, the Sunset Parade features the music of "The Commandant's Own", The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
The Sunset Parade is open to the public at no charge. Reservations are not necessary. The Marine Corps War Memorial and surrounding lawns provide ample room for guests to bring lawn chairs for an informal viewing. No other type of seating is available, except for invited guests of the Parade Reviewing Officials.
Address & Parking
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA 22209
There is limited visitor parking available at the memorial grounds on parade evenings on a first come, first serve basis. Bus parking is available on the south side of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Handicapped parking is available on site.
Public Transportation is the best option for reaching the Marine Corps War Memorial easily and conveniently. There are many options to reach the grounds via Washington, DC's Subway system known as Metro, or bicycle via Capital Bikeshare. The National Mall Circulator Loop bus will provide easy access around the National Mall and convenient connections to other Circulator buses for visits to uptown sites. Trains including Amtrak, MARC, and VRE service Union Station and/or L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C.
History of the Sunset Parade
On Nov. 10, 1954, the 179th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a bronze monument modeled after the famous photo of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, was unveiled at the Arlington National Cemetery. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial to all Marines who had died to keep their country free.
Since September 1956, marching and musical units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., have been paying tribute to those whose "Uncommon valor was a common virtue" by presenting Sunset Parades in the shadow of the 32-foot high figures of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial.