The Rolling Thunder Run mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Rolling Thunder has also evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 22
9 p.m. Candlelight Vigil – Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Saturday, May 23
9 a.m. Thunder Alley Opens – The official vendor site for Rolling Thunder XXVIII is on 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Official Rolling Thunder patches, pins and T-shirts are on sale in Thunder Alley, along with food and biker related goods.
Sunday, May 24
6 a.m. Reveille – Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Wake-up call for all riders taking part in the Rolling Thunder XXVIII First Amendment Demonstration Run. Bikers rally in the North and South Pentagon parking lots at 7 a.m. for a noon departure.
9 a.m. Thunder Alley Opens
12 noon Rolling Thunder XXVIII First Amendment Demonstration Run – Bikes leave the North Pentagon parking lot to begin their run through the Mall area. After the run, police will direct riders to West Potomac Park, where they will pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters.
8 p.m. Memorial Day Concert – at the Capitol.
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thunder Alley is Open
11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetary.
2 p.m. Annual Memorial Day Observance at Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Honoring the fallen service men and women of the Vietnam War.
2 p.m. National Memorial Day Parade – Marching bands and veterans’ units from all 50 states. Begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.
3 p.m. National Moment of Remembrance