Hometown Holidays is Rockville, Maryland’s annual street festival celebrating Memorial Day. The three-day event features dozens of entertainers performing on seven stages, children's rides, teen activities, VisArts Fine Arts Festival, an environmental expo, the Taste of Rockville, and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. The parade -- one of the longest-running in the capital region -- started in the early 20th century with the tradition of a regional homecoming picnic and parade on Washington Street, organized by Rockville's African American community.
The Memorial Day ceremony includes music by the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus, a wreath laying led by American Legion Post 86, and 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard. The Memorial Day Parade includes drill teams, marching bands, community groups, military units, and more. This year's grand marshal is Capt. William S. Campbell. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam as an enlisted Hospital Corpsman and retired from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda as a medical research coordinator for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Dates: May 24 - 26, 2014
LocationHometown Holidays is located in Rockville Town Center and is walking distance from the Rockville Metro Station.
ParkingFree parking is available at the jury parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and Monroe streets and the Metro parking lots. Parking garages are located at 255 Rockville Pike, 51 Monroe Place and on Fleet Street behind the Council Office Building.
Hometown Holidays ScheduleSaturday, May 24, and Sunday May 25, 2-10 p.m. Market Place, Taste of Rockville, Kids Activities, Live Entertainment.
Monday, May, 26, 2014
9 a.m. Rockville Concert Band & Chorus
9:30 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony
10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade
Ceremony and Parade Viewing Location: Courthouse Square at Martins Lane and North Washington Street. The parade route begins on Martins Lane, turns south onto North Washington Street, then turns east onto Beall Avenue, south onto Maryland Avenue through Rockville Town Center and east onto East Montgomery Avenue.
Musical Performances Throughout the Weekend
Saturday - The Shack Band, Jah Works, Green River Ordinance, Brothers Osborne, Mike Surratt and the Continentals, Throwing Wrenches, B Side Shuffle, Elenowen, The Morrison Brothers Band, US Royalty, La Unica, The Sweater Set, Patuxent Partners, The Woodshedders, Sofia Zhong Dance Group, VLOC, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres, Bach 2 Rock and RTC Dancers
- Sunday - High Five World Wide, Kelly Bell Band, Lionize, John Brown's Body, Hillbilly Gypsies, Ted Garber, NEULORE, Fighting Jamesons, DC Casineros, Lloyd Dobler Effect, American Aquarium, The Nighthawks, 19th Street Band, South Rail, Patty Reese Band, Chin Hamaya Daiko Rockville, American Dance Institute, Groovy Nate, Reptiles Alive, Shadiyah Dances and RTC Dancers.
Taste of Rockville
Participating restaurants include Ambrosia Restaurant, American Tap Room, Armand's Pizzeria & Grille, The Bean Bag Deli & Catering, Bon Chon Chicken, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carmen's Italian Ice, Dawson's Market, The Fresh Market, La Tasca, Oro Pomodoro, Nantucket's Reef, Potomac Pizza, Ring of Fire Grill & Tavern, Rockland BBQ & Grilling Company, Seasons 52, Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, Spice Xing and Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar. Tickets for food will be $1.25 each, with most menu items costing between one and four tickets each.For a more detailed schedule of entertainment, see the Rockville, Maryland website