Due to ongoing construction at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Tuesday Sunset Parades will be held at the Lincoln Memorial along the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the summer of 2018.
The Sunset Parades are conducted on Tuesdays beginning June 12 through Aug. 14, 2018 and the start time will be the same as previous years, 7:00 pm.
**The Sunset Parades on Aug. 7 and 14 begin 30 minutes earlier.**
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 spacious steps on the Lincoln 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
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.
There are no reserved public parking spaces available at the Memorial grounds on Parade evenings. General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is available primarily along Ohio Drive, SW near the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials and along Ohio Drive, SW in East Potomac Park. Handicapped parking is located on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial.
Public Transportation is the best option for reaching the Lincoln 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.