Ride for Freedom brings thousands of motorcyclists to the Space Coast this weekend

The Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Ride for Freedom which normally occurs annually in Washington D.C., will rumble into Brevard County this weekend.

Thousands of motorcyclists from Florida and many other states are expected to participate.

It starts Friday with registration from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.

The Blessing of the Bikes is at 7:45 Friday at Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grille at Port Canaveral.

Rolling Thunder, which works to bring full accountability of POW/MIA, will hold a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. on Merritt Island.

On Saturday, the gathering is at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Park with rider registration, live entertainment with four bands, food and business vendors and more.

The 33rd Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom begins with a rally at 8 a.m. at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Park with kick stands up at 10 a.m. for Thunder to the Ocean.

The ride will leave the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Sykes Creek Parkway and head west on State Road 520 to U.S.1. It will go south to Pineda Causeway, then east to the State Road A1A. The ride will travel north on A1A to Port Canaveral, where the riders will disperse.

“We would love to have the public out there waving flags,” as the riders go by, said Dr. Lance Armstrong, chairman of the Ride for Freedom.

Armstrong said the route is designed to give the riders an advantage of seeing the beauty of the Space Coast and ride by Patrick Space Force Base.

Rolling Thunder exists to bring full accountability of Prisoners of Wars and Mission in Action. Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 meets at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.