Each May, over 400,000+ Rolling Thunder riders decend on the National Capital Region and gather at the Pentagon. From here they ride into DC in a patriotic display in order to honor our veterans, and also to remember those lost or missing soldiers from our nation's conflicts.These heroes from across North America that ride into town for this annual event represent all types of their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guradsmen, fire fighters, rescue personnel and law enforcement officers and make the event especially memorable for riders and spectators. This is something uniquely American...this is Rolling Thunder.
18th Annual Ride of the Patriots
The 18th Annual Ride of the Patriots® to Rolling Thunder® will take place on Sunday May 29, 2016 during the Memorial Day Weekend. Patriot Harley-Davidson® and the Fairfax VA Chapter, Harley Owners Group welcome you to join us for this signature event. We are very pleased that the Ride of the Patriots has become a highly anticipated community event and our hopes are that all bikers and bikes will feel welcome and join us for this police escorted ride to the Pentagon to participate in Rolling Thunder's Ride for Freedom. The Ride of the Patriots is an exciting four-day event spanning the entire Memorial Day weekend. All activities for the weekend are at or begin at Patriot Harley-Davidson, located just West of Fairfax Circle on Fairfax Boulevard (Map). The Patriot Harley-Davidson parking lot is designated for bikes only from Friday morning until after the departure of the Ride on Sunday Morning. The event also provides an organized staging area and safe trip for riders to the Pentagon and Rolling Thunder.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Candlelight Vigil 9:00 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30
Thunder Alley-open all day-9:00 a.m. Sat, Sun, and Mon.
Vendors, food, speakers, and music.
22nd St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Wreathlaying Ceremony 11:00 a.m.
U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC (On the Plaza)
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Rolling Thunder will assemble at the Pentagon Parking Lots - 7:00 a.m. and start departing at Noon.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 "Saluting Our Troops" after the Run
West Potomac Park, Washington, DC