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“One of the best experiences you'll have in DC”

U.S. Marines Sunset Parade
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

If you're in DC between Memorial Day and Labor Day, head over to the Iwo Jima Memorial on Tuesday evenings for the Sunset Parade. Be sure to get there early, especially if you are on a bus. We try to get there around 5:30 p.m. so that we don't have to walk so far between bus parking and the memorial. We brought a picnic dinner and cookies for our group. There are a wall of port-a-potties available. We all just took a seat on the grass, took some photos with the Marines, and sat back to enjoy incredible performances by the Marine Marching Band and the Silent Drill Team! Impressive!!!

3  Thank breoni
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

Tuesday night at the Iwo Jima Memorial the band plays and then the rifles fly around in a enjoyable display of skill and discipline. As you look at these fine young men in their dress uniforms it makes you proud and a little more secure that our country is protected by some of the finest men and women in the world. (Check website for times, 7pm normally but 6.30pm some dates in August. It lasts about an hour, parking and a shuttle available from Arlington. It's free too.

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Reviewed 6 May 2009

I was first exposed to the "Sunset Parade" many years ago by my ex father-in-law, a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander. He refered to it as "8th and I", a reference to the cross streets of the Marine Barracks where the summer only parade is held. This is WITHOUT a doubt the most patriotic thing you will ever see and it will stir your heart.

While it's free it is VERY difficult to get a ticket (you better do it months in advance). The parades are only held during the summer months. They do allow general seating after a certain time each night but I've never tried to show up without tickets so I can't attest to how easy it is to get in that way. But the "parade" is so historic and patriotic it would be worth taking a chance and giving it a try.

In essence you are treated to a "parade" of the Marine rifle drill team, soldiers, the drum and buggle corp..all on the parade grounds with the Marine Commandant's house as a backdrop. Spectacular and I guarantee you will be talking about this for years to come.

5  Thank PeterMichael305
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

One of my favorite places to visit during the summer is the Iwo Jima memorial. From June to August (on Tuesdays only, weather permitting), the US Marines give a one-hour performance featuring Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. It's truly an amazing sight. The parking is non-existant, so plan to get there 1-2 hours early unless you don't mind hiking. You can bring a lawn chair, but sitting on the grass works just as well. The view is fabulous and the performances are fantastic!

4  Thank breoni
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Reviewed 16 September 2016
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