Frequently Asked Questions
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 free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
How do I get to the concert?
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 typically 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, and all bags and parcels will be checked. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. There are viewing areas for the use of guests with disabilities. 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 live performance of the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and is finished at 9:30 p.m. ET.
How does the concert accommodate guests with disabilities?
There are two designated viewing areas for guests with disabilities that includes a monitor with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. After you arrive at the grounds of the Capitol, let a park ranger or an event staff member in a yellow shirt know you need access to this area and they will be able to direct you.
Who will be hosting and who are the performers at this year’s concert?
Our hosts and performers are listed in the performers section of this website.
When does the PBS program air?
The PBS program is broadcast live (at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT) so that television viewers across the nation can enjoy the event together with hundreds of thousands of people on-site at the event. To be certain of the air time in your area, be sure to check local listings.
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 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET, but check local listings to be sure. Some PBS stations may also replay the show within a few days.
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.
Where can I find a live stream of the broadcast?
Check back for information about our live stream in the weeks leading up to the broadcast.