Last year, more than 500,000 motorcyclists attended.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
May 22, 2019
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This week, for the 32nd  Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom," hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will descend upon our nation's capital to show their respect and bring awareness to military members who are missing in action or prisoners of war. It will also mark the last time the D.C. motorcycle rally takes place. Last year, an estimated 500,000 people attended the Memorial Day weekend event. 

The event is said to be ending due to rising costs with Rolling Thunder Vice President Pete Zaleski telling Fox 5 D.C. late last year that the event costs $200,000 to put on, most of which goes to security, porta-potties, and cleanup. He also explained that massive coordination issues with the Pentagon contributes to most of the expenses. Regional chapters will still hold Rolling Thunder rides even after the last ride wraps this Sunday, May 26th.

If you find yourself in the D.C. area for Memorial Day weekend and would like to participate, you can see a full schedule of events here. Beyond the ride itself, highlights range from the "Blessing of the Bikes" on Friday at 5:00pm at the Washington National Cathedral to a Memorial Day concert at the Capitol Sunday at 8:00pm.

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To learn more about Rolling Thunder and their mission, click here.

We're wishing a safe and memorable "Ride for Freedom" for all those who take part in this special rally this weekend.

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