5 National Mall Events You Won't Want to Miss Out On!
Visitors from around the world flock to these five popular events on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
When you think of Washington D.C., what comes to mind? Perhaps you think about the White House, politicians, and Secret Service agents. D.C. is known for government jobs and politics, but there is a lot of fun in the city too.
Washington D.C. is one of the most famous places in the world. Each year, more than twenty-four million tourists travel to the U.S. capital and visit the landmarks they’ve only seen on television or in their school textbooks.
One of the most popular areas of Washington D.C. is the National Mall. Although the famous park hosts hundreds of events each year, there are only a few you can’t miss out on if you are in town. And they are all during the warmer months so you can leave your coat at home. Check out the five National Mall events you can’t miss while visiting the capital of the United States.
1. Earth Day
The Global Citizen Earth Day is recognized around the world in support of saving the Earth from pollution and climate change. But unlike other cities, Washington D.C. also makes it a musical extravaganza. Who said you can’t dance while saving the planet?
Every year, the National Mall has a free concert promoting the protection of the planet. In 2015, the concert performers included Usher, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy and Mary J. Blige.
To find out more about the Earth Day concert on the Mall and other Earth Day events in the Washington D.C. area, check out http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/EarthDay.htm.
2. The National Mall 4th Of July Celebration
Independence Day is already an extremely popular holiday in every city in America. But no other city celebrates the holiday like the nation’s capital. Washington D.C. is one of the most visited places in the world during this holiday and if you are in D.C. during the 4th, you have to visit the Mall for one of the many events held in the area during the day.
The holiday is an all-day event in Washington. Around noon, there is a 4th of July Parade held in downtown D.C. You don’t want to forget your binoculars and miss out on watching the military serviceman, marching bands and flag holders march in celebration of freedom.
After the parade, enjoy a walk around the Mall, take photos of the landmarks and get a hot dog until the main event. The July 4th Fireworks show on the Mall is one of the most amazing events in the world. Although it doesn’t get dark until 9 p.m. in July, you should get to the National Mall early before large crowds arrive for the show.
The fireworks are usually shot from the Reflection Pool over the Washington Monument and can be seen from various places in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
For more information about the 4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall, please visit http://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalmall4th/index.htm
3. Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a free event that promotes learning the different cultures from around the world. This festival is held during the last week of June and the first week of July; this is during the busiest time of the tourist season in Washington D.C. Over one million visitors from over 70 nations attend the festival as they learn about a specific culture through its traditions, music, crafts and spoken word.
In 2016, the theme of the event will be The Basque. For more information, please visit http://www.festival.si.edu/visitor-information/festival-101/smithsonian.
4. Screen On The Green
If you love the movie theater or the drive-in, this annual event on the Mall is just for you. Screen On The Green is an event sponsored by HBO and Comcast during July and August. Every Monday around sunset, a film is projected on a theater portable screen for free.
The event is open to the public and you can bring items such as pillows, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks. Alcohol, weapons, and big chairs are not allowed. In 2015, Screen On The Green played four films including Back To The Future and The Poseidon Adventure. You can learn more about Screen On The Green at http://www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen/.
5. National Memorial Day Concert
Veteran’s Day is a star-studded event on America’s front lawn. An annual concert is held to honor the men and women who served or are currently serving in the United States military. During the concert, courageous veterans who have suffered disabilities are honored for their sacrifices, young children are applauded for their strength after losing a parent in war and famous musicians perform for viewers.
In 2015, the concert featured stars like international singer Gloria Estefan and the fifth season winner of the hit show The Voice, Tessanne Chin. Concert admission is free, but if you can’t make it, you can watch it live on PBS. More information about the event can be found at http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/about/the-concert/.
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