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“Not as spectacular as I was expecting - seating logistics could be better”

U.S. Marines Sunset Parade
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Now don't get me wrong - this was pretty good but there were some issues. The tickets said be seated by 7:30 and the parade didn't start until after 9 - so all in all we sat on bleachers (they are padded thank goodness) for over 3 hours on the hot DC evening.

Once the parade gets started the marines are great, the two bands are really good, and the overall ceremony is very nice.

The best part for me is when the enlisted marines come into the stands and introduce themselves, and tell the crowd about the barracks at 8&i. If these guys and gals are representative of America's youth we're in pretty good hands! If you get there early and get the top row of the bleachers you can sit back against the fence which is a little more comfortable, and the higher you are in the bleachers the better your view.
If you’re there in the summer (I think that’s the only time they do these) wear comfortable clothing cause you’re sweat – bleachers are packed tight and it’s hot.

4  Thank RockyRaleighNC
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

This is one of those "off the beaten path" things to do around DC. Very cool. The silent Marine Drill Team was awesome! Don't miss this!

2  Thank Oimaronap
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

The Sunset parades are held Tuesday evenings in the Summer at the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington. The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon perform. The program lasts about an hour and one couldn't feel more patriotic by the end. Shuttle buses run from nearby Arlington National Cemetery. The closet metro station is probably Roslyn but that is still a good walk. Get there early and enjoy a picnic before the show. Seating is on the grass unless you are an invited guest. It is a wonderful event in an amazing setting. I highly recommend it!

3  Thank rwethereyet60
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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.

Thank BigTexHouston_TX
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