"What a moving and amazing tribute on this Memorial Day! As the daughter of a WWII veteran, I know that he would have been proud to view this program. It is so refreshing to see such a positive program for this Memorial Day. Congratulations to PBS and all of the sponsors."
Where is the concert held?
The concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Do I need tickets to attend?
The concert is open to the public and is free. No tickets are necessary.
How do I get to the concert?
The concert, which is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is open to the public, and it is free. No tickets are necessary. Taking the Metro to the concert site is strongly advised due to traffic volume and street closings put in place for the event. The nearest stations are Federal Center SW (Orange/Blue line) and Union Station (Red line).
When do the gates open?
General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
The public will not be admitted to the West Lawn of the Capitol before that time. Checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. More details can be found on the U.S. Capitol Police's website in the Press Room.
What time does the concert start and how long does it last?
The broadcast portion of concert begins at 8:00 p.m. EST and is finished at 9:30 p.m.
Who will be hosting and who are the performers at this year's concert?
Our host(s) and performers are listed under the Performers section of this website.
When does the PBS program air?
The PBS program is broadcast live so that television viewers across the nation can enjoy the event at the same time (8:00 p.m. EST) as hundreds of thousands of people on site.
Is it possible to get a copy of the program or a CD of the music?
Unfortunately, copyright restrictions do not permit us to issue video or audio copies of the program; however, we do hope you are able to watch the broadcast, and we encourage you to tell others about it.
I missed the show but I want to watch it. Will it be on PBS again?
You're in luck! The vast majority of PBS stations replay the National Memorial Day Concert directly after the show concludes. In most areas this would be from 9:30P - 11:00P EDT, but check local listings. PBS stations can replay the show within a few days.