12. Take a ride on the brand new ferris wheel at the National Harbor.
11. Drive down to Anapolis, Maryland for the Blue Angels Air Show.
10. Avoid driving near the National Mall or any freeway into the city. No seriously, unless you want to be caught in traffic with tens of thousands of motorcyclist during Rolling Thunder's yearly mecca to the District.
9. Party with DJ Neekola and Caseo at the W Hotel rooftop for a private soiree overlooking the monuments. Tickets are $10 HERE.
8. Visit Hillwood Estate and Gardens and pack a picnic for the lawn. Free to tour the grounds and gardens and $12 to view the mansion and its esteemed art collection.
7. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall for free. See the full lineup of performers and hosts HERE.
6. Listen to Jazz in the Garden at the Sculpture Garden on Friday afternoon with friends while you enjoy delicious pitchers of sangria for sale on site.
5. Roadtrip to Virginia wine country and pop over to some of the best vineyards in region. Be sure to check out Barbousville, Pippin Hill, Keswick, Early Mountain, Linden, Glen Manor, Ankida Ridge, and RdV (private reservation needed). Plan an evening dinner at Vintage and stay at the Inn at Willow Grove or Clifton Inn.
4. Visit the Memorials honoring our nation's fallen and jump on a Pedicab by the hour to avoid the long walk in the sun.
3. Pop over to Union Market and H Street for some culinary fare. Be sure to check out the home decor and design store Salt & Sundry (pictured). Then finish off at the Biergarten House for some brews.
2. Visit the recently re-opened National Cathedral and venture to the very top for a 360 degree view of the city.
1. Venture to DC's 15 breweries to taste what's on tap and learn more about their brewmaking process.
Have a phenom Memorial Day!