News – Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:51:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 George Washington’s Mansion to be Temporarily Closed for Scheduled Restoration, January 22 through February 4 http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/ http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:25:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8053 mount vernon estate and gardens

Mount Vernon will Remain Open – Tickets are 50% Off January 22-February 4

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will close the Mansion from January 22 through February 4 for scheduled annual preservation work. During the Mansion’s closure, the estate will remain open to guests and offer a 50-percent discount on admission tickets available at the gate or online at www.mountvernon.org/ticketing.

During the Mansion’s closure, the preservation staff will transform the Central Passage’s appearance by applying a fresh coat of paint. The color of this space will change to better reflect its appearance in 1799, as informed by recent microscopic paint analysis.  At the same time, Mount Vernon’s archaeology staff will conduct excavations in the Mansion cellar to learn more about the architectural evolution of the building.  The curatorial and collections teams will perform in-depth cleaning, research, and evaluation of the Mansion’s historic furnishings.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon relies on ticket sales and donations to operate the 50-acre estate of George Washington. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association does not accept funding from federal, state, or local government sources.  The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent nearly 30 states.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for January 13-15, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:06:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4257 Metro Train

Washington, DC Metro track work information is available to help visitors and riders plan ahead for weekend travel changes. Metro is investing in the reconstruction of its Metrorail system, and track work is expected on most weekends. Weekly updates are provided to inform travelers which lines are affected. This is a weekly press release provided by Metro. Service changes continue through closing on Sunday night.

Weekend service changes, according to Metro:

“Highlights:

  • Red Line trains every 15-30 minutes
  • Orange and Blue line trains every 24 minutes
  • Silver Line trains run every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
  • Yellow and Green lines run every 15 minutes

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Red Line
Trains every 15-30 minutes

Red Line trains will operate every 30 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont throughout the weekend. Trains will run every 15 minutes between Farragut North and Glenmont stations between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor to allow for the expanded water leak-mitigation project. This work will continue through Thursday, February 15, 2018.

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Orange Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal.

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Silver Line 
Trains every 24 minutes | Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston only

Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform.

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Blue Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station.

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Yellow Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes to coordinate with maintenance work on the Blue and Green lines.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station.

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Green Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Single tracking between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road to allow for infrastructure cable renewal.

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For more information:

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit wmata.com. Metro riders can access Metro’s mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].”

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, visit wmata.com. 

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Hours:
New Metrorail system hours took effect Sunday, June 25, 2017, along with changes to fares and schedules.

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* Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

To see this full press release click here.

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Visit National Parks for Free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:00:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8051 The following is from the National Park Service:

“This Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. It’s also a fee-free day in all of America’s more than 400 national parks.

So if you have the day off on Monday, why not spend it in a national park near you? Discover a new adventure at FindYourPark.com. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the beauty, history, and heritage of our nation.

Dr. King believed in the promise of America. He dedicated his life to creating freedom and opportunity for all. You can celebrate his legacy at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, reflect on the power of his words by visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., or honor those who progressed the civil rights movement at sites like Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Wherever your plans take you, we hope you can reflect on what freedom and equality mean to you as you experience the national parks.

Your support for the National Park Foundation helps care for all of America’s national parks. They are yours to enjoy and appreciate. So this Monday, bring a friend and bring your curiosity, because the parks are fee-free!”

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Crusade in “City of Hope” Exhibition http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/ http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:49:22 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8044 Features Never-Before-Seen Images From Photographers Roland Freeman, Jill Freedman, Robert Houston, Laura Jones, Clara Watkins and Ernest Withers

City of HopeThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.

It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for nearly six weeks to call the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the elderly.

The museum’s exhibition is housed in its gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as a partner to the exhibition, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” which explores the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise from the nation’s formation to today.

Launching its celebration of King’s birthday, the museum today, Jan. 9, hosted a media briefing and guided tours of the new exhibition bringing in people who played key roles in building and documenting Resurrection City.

“With new and recently discovered film and audio footage, images and objects, this exhibition provides a rare look inside the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and commemorates the legacy of Dr. King’s final campaign for economic justice,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “This exhibition reminds us that despite the unprecedented economic growth in America over the past five decades, there are still many Americans living below the poverty line. Although the Poor People’s Campaign did not achieve its goal of eradicating poverty, it spawned a multiethnic and multiracial movement for economic fairness whose belief in helping America live up to its ideals still inspires to this day. The stories of those who sacrificed so much are found in ‘City of Hope: Resurrection City & the Poor People’s Campaign.’”

Original sound recordings of musical performances and conversations among campaign participants have been provided by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The recordings, along with never-seen film produced by the Hearst Corp., show how people lived during the six-week occupation at Resurrection City. Among the film highlights is footage of people traveling in a caravan of mule-drawn wagons from Marks, Miss., to Memphis, Tenn., for King’s memorial service and then on to Washington to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/city-hope.

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Mount Vernon Unveils New 4-D Film and Renovated Theater http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/ http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 02:32:21 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8039 mount vernon estate and gardens

New Movie and Technology Provides Guests with a Front Row Seat to the Revolutionary War’s Key Battles

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has reopened its Revolutionary War Theater, marking the completion of the $2 million renovation of the 4-D theater and creation of a new feature film. The theater, which first opened in 2006, is one of the estate’s most popular attractions. The new movie will place guests in the midst of the American Revolution through powerful 4-D special effects and 9.2 channel state-of-the-art surround sound system. Mount Vernon has enhanced the theater’s machinery to provide an immersive experience through falling snow, wind, wafting fog, and seats that rumble.

“Our Revolutionary War 4D Theater has connected with millions of Mount Vernon visitors over the past ten years, but through time and constant use it had grown tired,” said Rob Shenk, senior vice of visitor engagement. “With every new audience we need to rise to the challenge and provide them with an experience that will exceed their ever-growing media expectations.”

The new theater features a brand new wide aspect ratio screen and a 4k resolution projection of the new movie.  Many of the pre-existing 4D features have been enhanced to create an even more gripping experience.  The new 9.2 channel surround sound audio system will make it seem like artillery shells are flying overhead while visitor seats vibrate and rumble with the explosions.

The new 17-minute film focuses on Washington’s leadership and the pivotal campaigns that secured American independence. Produced by Wide Awake Films exclusively for Mount Vernon, the updated movie includes gripping live action sequences and cutting-edge animation designed to appeal to today’s audiences.  The new two-minute pre-show, also improved, will provide more background information on the events leading to the Revolution. Martha Washington and William Lee, George Washington’s enslaved valet, also appear in the new production, offering a more historically accurate presentation of the war.

More than 100 reenactors took part in the filming at locations throughout Virginia, including Fuqua Farms, Richmond; Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria; Wellbourne House, Middleburg; Goose Creek Bridge; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The theater’s 105 seat infrastructure underwent major updates to complement the improved visual presentation.

The Revolutionary War Theater is included with general admission to Mount Vernon. For more information about the film, visit mountvernon.org/revolutionarywartheater.

This new presentation is generously sponsored by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation. Mount Vernon partnered with the New Orleans’ Solomon Group and Kansas City’s Wide Awake Films to create this new 4-D experience.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Mount Vernon’s Blue Room Reopens October 7, 2017 http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernons-blue-room-reopens-october-7-2017/ http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernons-blue-room-reopens-october-7-2017/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:33:07 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7940 mount vernon estate and gardens

The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion will reopen October 7, marking the completion of a major seven-month restoration. Guided by new research and investigation, this bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a striking blue-printed cotton.

As the first room at the head of the stairs on the second floor, the Blue Room introduces modern-day visitors to the richly-furnished interiors experienced by the Washingtons’ guests. Its architecture and furnishings represent more than forty-years of personal and cultural change experienced by the Washingtons, and the furnishings in particular highlight Mrs. Washington’s influence in the home.

“The Blue Room provides us with a vibrant new look at the Washingtons,” said Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon’s Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. “It speaks to George Washington’s fascination with the technological advances of the day, and brings to the forefront Mrs. Washington’s importance in the development of Mount Vernon through the furnishings that she influenced. The ongoing research of the Historic Preservation and Collections staff shows that we still have so much to learn about the house and its inhabitants.”

In the 18th century, rooms were often named after the color of their textiles, and “Blue Rooms” figured prominently in upper-class homes on both sides of the Atlantic. The Mount Vernon room was mentioned by this name in a 1796 memo from George Washington’s farm manager, as well as in both Washingtons’ highly descriptive probate inventories, from 1800 and 1802.

Over the past seven months, Mount Vernon’s experts have restored the room’s existing architecture, finishes on the woodwork and walls, and furnishings with the goal of giving Mount Vernon’s one million annual visitors a complete view of the interior as it looked in Washington’s day.

Research and investigation by Mount Vernon’s architecture team uncovered the story of the room’s evolution from 1734 to today.  Beginning as a garret room with sloping ceilings, the space was expanded in 1758 to the full-height room it is today. Within the north wall, the team identified a now-closed doorway, which led to a porch on the roof of an addition to the Mansion that stood from 1758 to 1776.

Further discoveries helped restore the fireplace to its 1799 appearance. The fireplace mantel had been removed from the Blue Room in the early 1980s, when it was suspected to be a 19th-century addition. Paint analysis confirmed the mantel to be the one that was installed in 1776. The team also found both physical and documentary evidence that Washington had upgraded to a more-efficient Rumford fireplace after the Presidency. This previously missing architectural feature was rebuilt.

New paint analysis also revealed the woodwork in the room was cream-colored in the 1790s, rather than the blue seen from the 1980s to early 2017. Further research indicated that wallpaper adorned the walls during the 1790s, complementing the room’s blue textiles. A reproduction wallpaper replicates a floral pattern from the premier French firm of Jacquemart et Bénard. It is similar to what the Washingtons and other elite Americans were purchasing in the period, and it was hung using traditional methods.

Although none of the room’s original furnishings have survived, Mount Vernon’s curatorial team carefully combed the Washingtons’ purchase records and probate inventories to understand how the furnishings for the Blue Room would have appeared in 1799. The focal point of the room is a four-post bedstead draped in a cotton fabric printed in indigo blue with life-like pairs of ducks and roosters amid bold swags of blossoms and fruit.  Mount Vernon was fortunate to acquire six English period mahogany chairs to represent the six listed on the probate inventory.

For a limited time, visitors will also have the chance to see in the room a rare 18th-century print with a Washington family history, newly-restored and on loan from the Mary Washington House in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Nymphs Bathing, a classically-inspired landscape scene, is a remarkable example of early color-printing technologies. Washington hung a color print of Nymphs Bathing in the Blue Room in 1797, along with three additional fine prints he had recently acquired in Philadelphia. Reproductions of the landscape prints owned by the Washingtons will also be on view.

The Connoisseur Society of George Washington’s Mount Vernon sponsored the Blue Room restoration. Scott and Lynn Molitor, Jacqueline B. Mars, and more than 600 additional contributors from across the country also supported this project. The set of six English chairs was purchased with funds provided by the Christine and Jaime Yordán Foundation.

Please visit mountvernon.org/blueroom for additional details.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Reopen October 14th with Weekend Celebration http://thedistrict.com/smithsonians-freer-and-sackler-reopen-october-14th-with-weekend-celebration/ http://thedistrict.com/smithsonians-freer-and-sackler-reopen-october-14th-with-weekend-celebration/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:11:04 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7886 Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery in Washington, DC

The Freer Gallery of Art is undergoing renovations and upgrades to its galleries and infrastructure and has been closed for the past year. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery also temporarily closes its doors starting Monday, July 10, to allow for reinstallation of the exhibition galleries and to refresh elements of the facility in order to improve the museumgoer’s experience.

The exhibition “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan” will remain open to the public through Oct. 29 in the International Gallery. It is accessible through the S. Dillion Ripley Center, located on Jefferson Drive.

The Freer and Sackler galleries will reopen Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 with a weekend of events and activities for all ages.

Details on renovations and updates on the Freer|Sackler reopening can be found at at asia.si.edu/future/.

Administrative offices will remain open while the museums are closed to the public and the library and archives will remain open for research. Although the library will continue standard operating hours, scheduled appointments are recommended. The archives will maintain existing operating hours and will be accessible by appointment only.

About the Freer and Sackler Galleries
The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., together comprise the nation’s museum of Asian art. It contains one of the most important collections of Asian art in the world, featuring more than 40,000 objects ranging in time from the Neolithic to the present day, with especially fine groupings of Islamic art, Chinese jades, bronzes and paintings and the art of the ancient Near East. The galleries also contain important masterworks from Japan, ancient Egypt, South and Southeast Asia and Korea, as well as the Freer’s noted collection of works by American artist James McNeill Whistler.

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US Capitol Police Information for the Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks in Washington DC http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-for-the-fourth-of-july-concert-and-fireworks-in-washington-dc/ http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-for-the-fourth-of-july-concert-and-fireworks-in-washington-dc/#comments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:59:46 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4060 The US Capitol Police have issued the following press release to help visitors to the National Mall for the Fourth of July events in Washington D.C.:

Updated June 28, 2017

A Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Concert and Rehearsal Times

“On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the annual “A Capitol Fourth” Concert, celebrating America’s Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m.  

There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Gates will open to the public on Monday at 3 p.m.  

Both events are open to the public and no tickets are required.

Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking, and Travel Tips

All public entrances are wheelchair accessible.  Mobility impaired guests and their parties will be accommodated at any public entrance.  Limited parking on a first come, first serve basis will be available to mobility-impaired guests and their parties along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First and Third Streets, NW.

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol are as follows:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square:  Third Street, SW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited.  Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip.

Prohibited Items, Security Measures, and Inclement Weather

The U.S. Capitol Police and concert event staff closely monitor weather conditions. Any changes to the schedule of events based on adverse weather conditions will be announced to the general public. If an evacuation is necessitated by inclement weather, please follow U.S. Capitol Police direction.

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance.  Anyone attending events on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site.  This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers.

For this event, food items and lawn/beach chairs that sit low to the ground are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own supply of water.  Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are strictly prohibited.

In addition to any other items at the discretion of security screeners, the following items are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and Ammunitions (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including Fireworks)
  • Knives, Blades or Sharp Objects (of any length)
  • Laser Pointers, Signs, Posters
  • Mace, Pepper Spray, Sticks, Poles
  • Electric Stun Guns
  • Martial Arts Weapons or devices
  • Umbrellas larger 36” in diameter (those smaller than 36” will be allowed)
  • Pocket or Hand Tools such as a “Leatherman”
  • Sealed Packages, Large boxes, Duffle bags, Suitcases
  • Drones, Model rockets, Remote or Manually-controlled Model Gliders, Model Airplanes or Unmanned Aircrafts, Model Boats and/or Cars, and other unmanned ground or aircraft systems

Tour Bus Rerouting

Tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Independence Avenue, SW, to Third Street, between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW, for passenger drop-off and pick-up on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3.  Tour buses will drop-off passengers on Washington and Independence Avenues, SW, or Louisiana Avenue and First Street, NW, on Tuesday, July 4.

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Temporary street closures and parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 5 at 4 a.m.

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Maryland Avenue, SW, between First Street to Third Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between First Street to Third Street
  • The area between Peace Circle and Garfield Circle will remain closed until 4 a.m. on July 6.

From Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1, the traffic pattern on First Street, NW/SW between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will be impacted. Two southbound lanes will be open but they will be coned on the white line dividing them and allowing two-lane traffic – one lane northbound and one lane southbound. The two northbound lanes will be closed.

For additional information about the July 4th Concert, please visit www.pbs.org. If there are questions about this event, please contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.”

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For more information on the Fourth of July in Washington DC, Visit our A Capitol Fourth – 4th of July events page.

To view this press release, click here.

 

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US Capitol Police Information for the Memorial Day Concert on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol http://thedistrict.com/us-capitol-police-information-for-the-memorial-day-concert-on-the-west-front-of-the-u-s-capitol/ http://thedistrict.com/us-capitol-police-information-for-the-memorial-day-concert-on-the-west-front-of-the-u-s-capitol/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 19:41:57 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=5547 The US Capitol Police have issued the following press release to help visitors to the National Mall for the Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C.:

2017 Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol Honors U.S. Veterans and Armed Services
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – Prohibited Items, Street Closures and More

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which honors American veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Services, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and gates will open to the public at 5 p.m.  

There also will be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking, and Travel Tips

All public entrances are wheelchair accessible.  Mobility impaired guests and their parties will be accommodated at any public entrance.  Limited parking on a first come, first serve basis will be available to mobility-impaired guests and their parties along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First and Third Streets, NW.  ADA shuttle service will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, from this parking area to the First Street, NW, screening site.

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol are as follows:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square:  Third Street, SW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip.

Prohibited Items and Security Measures

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance.  Anyone attending events on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers.

For this event, food items and lawn/beach chairs that sit low to the ground are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own supply of water. Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are strictly prohibited. 

In addition to any other items at the discretion of security screeners, the following items are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and Ammunitions (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including Fireworks)
  • Knives, Blades or Sharp Objects (of any length)
  • Laser Pointers, Signs, Posters
  • Mace, Pepper Spray, Sticks, Poles
  • Electric Stun Guns
  • Martial Arts Weapons or devices
  • Umbrellas larger 36” in diameter (those smaller than 36” will be allowed)
  • Pocket or Hand Tools such as a “Leatherman”
  • Sealed Packages, Large boxes, Duffle bags, Suitcases
  • Drones, Model rockets, Remote or Manually-controlled Model Gliders, Model Airplanes or Unmanned Aircrafts, Model Boats and/or Cars, and other unmanned ground or aircraft systems

Tour Bus Rerouting

Tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Independence Avenue, SW, to Third Street, between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW, for passenger drop-off and pick-up from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 26 until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The ADA shuttle will pick up passengers at Third Street and Maryland Avenue, SW, to transport visitors to the Capitol Visitor Center on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27.

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Temporary street closures will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29 at 4 a.m.

  • First Street, SW/NW from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • Maryland Avenue, SW, from First Street to Third Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from First Street to Third Street

From Wednesday, May 24 through Wednesday, May 31, the traffic pattern on First Street, NW/SW between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will change. Two southbound lanes will be open but they will be coned on the white line dividing them and allowing two-lane traffic – one lane northbound and one lane southbound. The two northbound lanes will be closed. NOTE:  At times, First Street between Garfield and Peace Circles will be closed intermittently during heavy equipment load in.  

From Friday, May 26 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, May 29 at 4 a.m., there will be no permit parking allowed on First Street SW/NW from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue; Maryland Avenue, SW, from First Street to Third Street; and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from First Street to Third Street.

For additional information about the Memorial Day Concert, please visit www.pbs.org. If there are questions about this event, please contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

More information: www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/home/.

To view this press release click here.

 

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“American Presidents” Will be Closed Until September 22, 2017 for Renovation http://thedistrict.com/american-presidents-will-be-closed-until-september-22-2017-for-renovation/ http://thedistrict.com/american-presidents-will-be-closed-until-september-22-2017-for-renovation/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:00:06 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7746 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

It’s Renovation Time for “America’s Presidents” 

“America’s Presidents” is getting a new look! The exhibition space will close for renovation February 26, 2017 and will reopen September 22, 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery.

From March 24 through September 4, a temporary installation of  “America’s Presidents” will open in the west gallery on the second floor.

The temporary exhibition will present contemporary artist Luke DuBois’s Hindsight Is Always 20/20 featuring “word clouds” with words and phrases from the state of the union addresses of 41 presidents ending with George W. Bush. The pieces will capture the lexicon of each president, combining words and images in a way that is both aesthetically appealing and educational.

On September 22, the permanent exhibition area will reopen with invigorated spaces, fresh content, and modernized displays. After months of careful conservation, Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait will also be back on view in the updated space.

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