Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom

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Date(s) 05/26/2024
Washington, District of Columbia
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Article by Revolution Motorcycle Marketing

The Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom is not just another motorcycle ride. Instead, it is also a demonstration in support of the POW-MIA and Veteran Issues. The goal of Rolling Thunder is to get accountability for the POWs-MIAs.

The 2019 DC Ride for Freedom was the last nationwide ride. But there are small rides across the country. 

With the mission, history, and all of the smaller POW-MIA motorcycle rides, Rolling Thunder is on the 2024 Major Motorcycle Rallies LightningCustoms.com Major Motorcycle Rallies list.

You can get more information on the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride at

Finally, to find a motorcycle Ride for Freedom near you, check the LightningCustoms.com rally calendar.


2023 Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride

The 2023 Rolling Thunder XXXV Ride for Freedom will be the 35th annual motorcycle ride. As mentioned below, in 2020, the Rolling Thunder Ride in DC changed. Due to the cost, logistics, and expenses, it is now held nationwide.

Although numerous smaller motorcycle rides exist, the POW-MIA ride is still on the LightningCustoms.com Major Motorcycle Rallies list.

Next, the reason why the Ride for Freedom started was to publicize the POW-MIA issue. Notably, the DC motorcycle ride began to educate the public about how many POW-MIA. Also, it started to protect future Veterans from being left behind.


2022 Ride for Freedom

Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is a non-profit organization, and everyone donates their time because they believe in the POW/MIA Issue.

Here’s the information on the 2022 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. But first, here is an important note about the Ride. Historically, riders have met for the official Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon in DC. Then, riders would travel to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.


2020 POW-MIA Motorcycle Ride

But in 2020, the longtime organizers of the Official Ride for Freedom in DC said it would not happen. And their reason noted was because of the high cost and logistical issues. This made it no longer feasible to hold Rolling Thunder in DC. Subsequently, there are now numerous smaller motorcycle rides across the country.

Now, pre-2020, the Ride for Freedom had around 500,000 attendees for the demonstration ride. However, we do not have a reasonable estimate on the total number of attendees at all the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rides in 2021 across the country. But because of the event’s history and mission, the Ride is on LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.

Next, there has always been some confusion with the various names of rides. For instance, there have always been multiple events with similar names: Ride to the Wall, Ride for the Wall, Run for the Wall, etc. Historically, these were rides for those traveling to the Official Ride for Freedom held in DC on Memorial Day.

But still, the primary purpose of the various Rolling Thunder motorcycle rides stays the same. And the purpose is to demonstrate the need to account for our POW-MIA. Another goal is to help prevent further military members from being left behind.

Finally, on the LightningCustoms.com motorcycle events calendar, you will find the different Rolling Thunder Rides the country listed as available.

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