With respect to the earlier press release stating that 2019 is the final year of the Rolling Thunder Demonstration Run, known as their Ride For Freedom, Please be advised that 2019 will be the last year that Rolling Thunder Inc., will be involverd in The Annual Demonstration RIde. However RT Members are always welcome to attend the anual Demonstraation Ride.

Please Be Advised

The Rolling Thunder Demonstration RIde will continue in 2020 and every year there after. It will continue to be hosted by Rolling Thunder Washing , D.C. Inc. and  the 2019 event will go on as scheduled on Memorial Day Weekend. The Memorial Day tradition continues. 

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Rolling Thunder's Final Ride For Freedom

All Supporters Welcome!
 You Don't Have To Be A Vet Or A Member
Of Rolling Thunder® Inc. To Be Part Of This Historic Ride For Freedom.

Rolling Thunder's Demomstration Ride is held each year during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, DC to inform the American people and to remind the government of America's demand for the fullest possible accountability of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs) from all past wars.The tribute to American war heroes started out in 1988 with 2,500 participants and has grown over the more than 30 years to over 800,000 participants and spectators.

Rolling Thunder is one of the best patriotic events held in the nation's capital and a unique experience not to be missed.

Ride To D.C. With Rolling Thunder Inc.  RT FL Chapter 8 will be Riding to DC for thisd event. In the past our first leg of the trip will be approximately 500 miles stopping at Smithfield NC exit 95 off I95. There we will stay at the Best Western Smithfield, NC.  After an early morning start we will proceede approximately 300 miles into DC. Many of us will be staying at the Holiday Inn in Crystal  City VA, (Rolling Thunder's primary residence during the event) on Jefferson Davis HWY.  We stop for gas and stretch every 100 or 125 miles or as necessary. We will stop in Savanna and have an early lunch at Hooters. All Welcome to join us. Be sure to click on and review our "Group Riding Plan". It is important that you understand how we ride as a group. Contact us for more information.

The Demonstration Route




 GENERAL INFORMATION: Riders from around the country, rally in our Nations Capitol to begin the ride through the streets of Washington, D.C. Later becoming an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at our national war memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events. Viet Nam Veterans united and decided to bring forwarded to our government and the American people, the concern for American POW- MIA left behind. A  “Demonstration” to our Nations home, demanding full accountability and to bring them home.  Over tewnty-five hundred participants attended the first demonstration ride in Washington DC. Each year since it has gained more and more attention.


In 2018, we celebrated its 31st year, the biggest ever. Over 800,000  participants and supporters were estimated by the DC police and the National Park Service. Rolling Thunder®’s Ride For Freedom, is one of the largest one-day motorcycle events in the world. In our hearts, the most important. It is a reminder of the american services members from all wars, who have fought for our freedom that did not make it home. A reminder of our promise “they we will not be forgotten" and that we will continue to demand from our government, full accountability. We owe it to them and we owe it to their families.

PARTICIPATION: You “DO NOT” have to own or ride a motorcycle, or be a veteran to be part of this event. Everyone is welcome to show your support  by lining the streets during the Demonstration Ride. You are also welcome to participate in all the scheduled activities and events during the weekend. If you do ride, you can join the motorcycle demonstration, “Ride For Freedom".  Be part of this historical event while paying tribute to those still unaccounted for and veterans of all wars.

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