‘Thunder,’ Fireworks, Sock Hop Top Memorial Day Weekend Event List
– May 20, 2014 7:30 pm
It’s Memorial Day weekend and for those who are staying home there is lots to do around town. Make sure you sign up for “On The Go with Glenn Vickers“, to receive our events email newsletter every Wednesday.
Rolling Thunder Celebration Harley Davidson of Quantico, Friday, Saturday, Sunday — Free
It wouldn’t be Memorial Day weekend around here without the annual Rolling Thunder event at Quantico Harley Davidson, formerly East Coast Harley Davidson, in Dumfries.
Bikers are expected to pack the parking lot of the bike dealer starting Friday for live music and vendors, and then again on Saturday for more music, free food, and demonstrations by Prince William police motorcycle units.
On Sunday morning at 7:30, the bikers will line up for their procession north on Interstate 95 for the annual Rolling Thunder celebration at the Pentagon and in Washington. Thousands of bikers will participate in the parade, and hundreds of onlookers will gather on bridges overlooking I-95 to get a view of the bikes as they enter the highway and enter the HOV lanes.
Swim season begins
Area swimming pools will open for the first time this season on Saturday to herald the unofficial start of summer.
Both of the waterparks in Prince William County — Waterworks in Dale City and Splashdown in Manassas — open on Saturday.
Splashdown is the largest waterpark in Northern Virginia and has a lazy river stretching over 700 feet.
In Stafford County, you can join elected officials at the newly renovated Curtis Memorial Park Pool, where a new wading pool, handicap ramp, as well as new pumps and filers have been installed.
It’s also opening day at Signal Bay Waterpark in Manassas Park complete with slides, water cannons and a lazy river.
Fireworks at Quantico, Saturday, 9 p.m. — Free
Oorah! Come down to the Town of Quantico for a fireworks show in Raftelis Potomac River Park at 408 River Road.
The show is sponsored by, appropriately enough, Quantico Tactical, which was founded in the town — the only town in U.S. to be located completely inside the borders of a military installation.
This is the second year for the Quantico Memorial Day fireworks show which starts at 9 p.m. A live music concert will preceed the show beginning at 7 p.m.
Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm, Sunday, 8 a.m. — Free
Go to the edge of a flood plain on Sunday while looking to spot native birds. The monthly bird walk at Merrimac Farm will begin at 8 a.m. when walkers will take a tour of Cedar Run in Nokesville while spotting birds and other native wildlife.
Everyone is welcome, but be sure to dress for the weather and the outdoors. Some of the terrain on this guided tour is well off the beaten path. Merrimac Farm is a wildlife preserve so be sure to leave pets at home.
1960s Rock Sock Hop, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. — Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door
Take a step back in time as you return to the 1960s for a rockin’ sock hop at the Workhouse Performing Arts Center in Lorton.
Baby boomers and newcomers are in for a show from award-winning rock-n-rollers, The Sixth Generation, who will perform live in the McGuireWoods gallery with plenty of room to dance the night away.
Beer, wine, and other concessions will be sold at the indoor event but be sure to drink them there as you won’t be able to take them outside of the studio turned dance hall.
Want to see your event on our top five list? Post ‘em to the Potomac Local Events page. That’s where we pick ‘em for this column.