|by JD Rinne||Washington, D.C., Illinois||1|
Memorial Day Weekend: It's going to be three days of parades, flags, and pool openings. And in Rock Island, Ill., 10,000 spectators will cheer on 600 cyclists in the Quad Cities Criterium. Men and women from novice to professional (even kids!) will race on the 3/4-mile, hourglass-shaped course, complete with a wheel pit and a screaming crowd. In addition to food and live music, there's also a bike rodeo, where beginning (or just rusty) bikers can learn about safety, technique, and more. In its 42nd running, the race is actually the last leg in a series—the towns of Burlington and Muscatine, in Iowa, play host to the first two legs.
There are also many events around the country to honor war veterans. Washington D.C. will have its annual parade on Monday, with marching bands and other military representatives from all 50 states. The emotional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery will take place Monday morning.
If you're on the other coast, you could always check out the Horned Toad Derby in Coalinga, Calif., one of the events that Budget Travel listed in its Wacky Festivals Roundup. No matter what you end up doing, enjoy the weekend!