2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

 

New or updated entries as of  7/24/2012

Welcome to the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. National Park Service rangers present interpretive programs, biking and walking tours and special events throughout the park sites. All events are free except where noted and open to the public. Dates, times and information are subject to change. Please watch for updates. An electronic version of this document can be obtained via the World Wide Web at "http://www.nps.gov/ncro" These are the major events of the year on the Mall and at National Park sites in the Metropolitan area. The calendar is prepared in the Office of Communications.  For additional information you may call (202) 619-7222. For other happenings in our national parks visit www.nps.gov click on your park of interest and learn more about your national parks.

 

The NPS has developed and made available a website to aid visitors with disabilities and special needs to find accessible trails, programs, activities, and other features at national park units nationwide.  It is hoped that we can assist visitors and their families and friends in travel planning to the NPS site of their choice.  Visit the National Parks: Accessible to everyone   at www.nps.gov/pub_aff/access/index.htm to learn about what opportunities are available in parks for visitors with disabilities and special needs.

 

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass- the National Park Service is an important participant in the new Interagency Pass Program which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Participating agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. To learn about the America Beautiful Pass visit http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

 

 

   January February March April May June July August September October November December

 

 

JANUARY

 

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

America’s Best Ides-the national parks- gets even better with several fee free days at your national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2012

·         January 14-16
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)

·         April 21-29
(National Park Week)

·         June 9
(Get Outdoors Day)

·         September 29
(Public Lands Day)

·         November 10-12
(Veterans Day weekend)

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

 

2011-2012 NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART SCULPTURE GARDEN ICE RINK

 

Throughout the winter- weather permitting

 

National Mall at 7th and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

 

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is open mid-November through mid-March1, weather permitting. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. Admission to the rink: $7.00 adults, $6.00 seniors (age 50 and over), $6.00 students (with student ID), $6.00 children (age 12 and under). Skate rental: $3.00 (ID required.) Ice-Skating Rink Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. For the most up-to-date information, please call (202) 216-9397. The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.

 

2011-2012 PERSHING PARK ICE RINK

CLOSED FOR RENOVATION

 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

ARTILLERY FIRING DEMONSTRATION

Saturday, January 1, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Henry Hill

 

Artillery Firing DemonstrationNew Year’s Day Living history volunteers will demonstrate loading and firing cannons on Henry Hill near the Visitor Center, at 6511 Sudley Road within Manassas National Battlefield Park. Hear the echoes of muskets and a 10-punder Parrott cannon fired in salute to a new year at the battlefield, the Sesquicentennial year of Second Manassas or Bull Run, 150 years ago, August 28-30, 1862. For additional information contact the Visitor Center.

 

 

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES

 

January and February, 2012

 

Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

 

Fort Washington Park has a wide variety of activities. There is a 3-mile trail that follows the perimeter of the park boundary, offering the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Birdwatchers can enjoy the quite solitude of the park to find that one special bird. If fishing is for you, the park is located right along the Potomac River where there are many different types of fish waiting for you.  Contact the Park’s Visitor Center for further information at 301-763-4600.

 

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES

 

January and February, 2012

 

Monocacy National Battlefield, 5201 Urbana Pike (located three miles south of Frederick on Maryland Rte. 355), Frederick, MD 21704

 

Throughout the months of December, January and February interactive exhibits will be on display at the visitor center. A fiberoptic map, an observation deck, and a museum store are also available for visitors. At the visitor center you can obtain directions to the Worthington Farm Trail, Thomas Farm Trail and Gambrill Mill Trail and pick up a map for the Auto Tour of the battlefield area with directions to the five monuments. Ranger-led programs and special events in coordination with living history volunteers are held throughout the year. For further information contact the visitor center at 301-662-3515.

 

 

RANGER PROGRAMS

 

Daily, National Mall

 

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., January-February

 

 Join National Park Service Rangers to learn more about the meaning, symbolism, and significance of the memorials located on the National Mall.  These programs are offered at the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. R Roosevelt, Memorial Veteran Vietnams Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. For additional information, please call 202-426-6841.

 

 

 

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

 January and February

Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Oxon Cove Park covers a large area. Oxon Hill Farm is part of Oxon Cove Park and can take from a half-hour to several hours to visit depending on what you do. Programs are offered throughout the year. If you are a group of 5 or more you must make a reservation 2 weeks prior to your visit. Take a self-guided tour. Stop in the Visitor Center to pick-up the brochure, Self-Guided Walking Tour. Take a walk or a bike ride on the Hiker-Biker Trail, which is 1.6 miles and starts at the parking lot. It has moderate hills and paved surface. NO BIKES ARE ALLOWED IN THE FARM AREA.  THE Woodlot Trail is also available and is .3 miles and has moderate trails and is located in a forested area of the park.   For additional information, please call the Visitor Center at 301-839-1176.    

 

TALKS AND WALKS

 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., January-February

 

White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D. C.

 

Park Rangers and volunteers present interpretive talks daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on topics of interest about the White House and President’s Park. The talks and walks, posted daily in the Visitor Center, last 20 minutes to one hour and provide some insight about President’s Park history, the monuments and memori­als within the park, the people who have lived in the neighborhood, and the many events held within the park. For additional information, please call 202-208-1631.

 

 

WINTER ACTIVITIES

 

January and February

 

Prince William Forest Park, 18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle, VA 22172

 

Entrance fee to the park is $5 per vehicle for a 7-day pass.

 

When you enter the park, you can get a pass that’s good for 7-days.  You can hike, camp and bike. Winters can be cold with average temperatures in the winter of 41 degrees with variable precipitation. The main park roads can close due to snowy conditions, though cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing are permitted. Winter visitors must prepare for a variety of conditions and contact the park visitor center for information on current weather conditions. Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: clearThe park is located about a half hour from Washington, DC. Take I-95 South to Exit 150 (Triangle/Quantico - VA Rte. 619) and travel west on Joplin Road less than 1/4 mile to the park entrance. For the most up-to-date information on activities at Prince William Forest Park, contact the visitor center at 703-221-7181.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE

1:00 p.m.., Friday, January 13, 2012

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Join the National Park Service as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 82nd birthday. Following the recitation, National Park Service rangers will place a wreath at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial site located just north of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in West Potomac Park.

 

 

ANNUAL CIVIL RIGHTS "FILM FESTIVAL"

January 14-16, 2012

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Visitor Center, 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther king, JR's holiday and birthday will be honored at the Frederick Douglass Home through a "Film Festival" on the Civil Rights Movement.  A film will be shown in the auditorium. Join the National Park Service in honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at the annual film festival.   For daily film titles please call the site at 202-426-5961.

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Black History Month a month-Long celebration of African American History                       

February 1-29, 2012

“Black Women in American History and Culture”

Black History Month is the successor to Negro History Week which was initiated on February 12, 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a pre-eminent historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson was concerned that the contributions of Black Americans were overlooked or misrepresented and he began lobbying for Negro History Week as early as 1915. He selected February because it included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14) whom he believed had dramatically impacted the lives of Black Americans. In 1976, Woodson's legacy, now renamed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, successfully lobbied to extend Negro History Week into a month-long observance.

From the American Revolution to the present, African American women have played a myriad of critical roles in the making of our nation. Their labor and leadership, their

motherhood and patriotism, and their intellect and artistic expression have all enriched both the African American community and the nation at large. In slavery and freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the human experience, and their triumphs over racism and sexism are a testimonial to our common human spirit.

 

 In American culture today, many know of the accomplishments of a few prominent figures. From Phillis Wheatley, the unlikely American patriot during the Revolutionary War, to Harriet Tubman, the leader of the Underground Railroad from slavery, to Ida B. Wells, the unyielding opponent of lynching, to Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement, black women have been notable for standing against oppression. From Gwendolyn Brooks to Toni Morrison to Rita Dove, they have distinguished themselves in American letters, and in recent years they have been recognized as actors and recording artists with Academy Awards and Grammys.

 

The accomplishments of these exceptional women are the expressions of a vibrant culture in which African American women play a singular role. The labors, struggles, organization, and sacrifices of common women have made possible the prominence of heralded individuals. In churches, community groups, literary societies, sororities, and advocacy organizations, African American women have been the core of organized black life, but here their strivings have often escaped the gaze of the public and hence their history is too little known.

 

Their story is unique in the annals of American history. Black women were held as slaves and middle-class black women labored while their counterparts were housewives. Subjected to a long history of stereotypes about their sexuality, morality, spirituality, and intellect, African American women have never succumbed to victimhood and have pressed forward to uplift themselves, their families, and their community.

To gain an understanding of the history of African American women is to broaden our understanding of a people and the American nation. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History dedicates the 2012 Annual Black History Theme to exploring African American women’s roles in and contributions to the making of America.

 

Listed below are activities and events for the month of February. Watch for updates.

 

 

Arlington House (unit of George Washington Memorial Parkway)

Located within Arlington National Cemetery

703-235-1530

www.nps.gov/arho

 

1:30 p.m., Sundays and Saturdays throughout February

 

Guided Tours - Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, will present special guided tours: “African-Americans at Arlington on the Eve of the Civil War.”  In recognition of African American History month, the NPS announces special guided tours of Arlington House and the newly restored historic North slaves’ quarters, focusing on the enslaved population living at the Arlington estate on the eve of the Civil War.  Tours will last approximately 45- minutes.  

 

Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Visitor Center 301-432-5124

www.nps.gov/anti

 

February 1-29

8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Join a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk to include “Freedom at Antietam.” Hear the most interesting and significant stories of people and events before, during, and after the Battle of Antietam.  Explore exhibits in the visitor center at Antietam. Take the self-guided auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church.

 

 

Catoctin Mountain Park

14707 Park Central Road

Thurmont, MD 21788

Visitor Center: 301-663-9388

www.nps.gov/cato/

 

February 3-29

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitor Center is closed on Wednesdays

The story of our heritage is not complete until we recognize the contributions of every culture in the American tapestry. Come to the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center during the month of February to view the special display, “African-American Influences” in northern Frederick County. This exhibit provides an overview of African American contributions to the development of Frederick County, MD.

 

 

Clara Barton National Historic Site (a unit of George Washington Memorial Parkway)

5801 Oxford Road

Glen Echo, MD

301-320-1410

www.nps.gov/clba/

 

February 1-29

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tours on the hour.

In honor of African American History month Clara Barton National Historic Site invites you to a special interpretive program shown as part of the house visit before each tour on the hour focusing on the events of 1893 and 1894. Interpretive information presented during the tours will highlight the influences of African Americans in Clara Barton's life and work. For further information call the site.

 

February 1-29

Exhibit - Clara Barton: Equal Justice for All- This exhibit features objects that highlight Clara Barton’s role in the major social issues of her time, including civil rights for African Americans and the women’s suffrage movement. Learn about Barton’s work with the Freedman’s Bureau, the Office of Missing Soldiers, the International Conference of Women, other women’s groups, and emergency relief/disaster recovery efforts of the American Red Cross (including the Sea Islands Hurricane). This exhibit will also examine her ties to many prominent figures in both the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements, including Frances Gage, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass.

 

 

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (a unit of National Capital Parks-East)

1411 W Street S.E,

Washington, D.C.

Visitor Center: 202-426-5961

www.nps.gov/frdo/planyourvisit/events

 

February 1-29

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

During African American History month, tours of the Frederick Douglass Home provide information about Douglass’ later life and government service. For groups of 10 or more, please call for reservations. Reservations to tour the restored home can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting internet at www.recreation.gov. For more information call site.

 

 

Saturday, February 11

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

The NPS will celebrate the great civil rights leader, Frederick Douglass’194th birthday at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. There will be music, a reenactment of the great orator, by actor Fred Morsell, and discussions on Frederick Douglass, moderated by Enda Greene Medford, Professor of History, Ph.D. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State, and Senior Advisory to Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton will deliver special remarks to commemorate the great 19th-century activist. There will also be a live broadcast from Frederick Douglass’s former home in New Bedford, MA. Student winners of a recent oratorical contest featuring excerpts from a speech written by Douglass, will deliver their orations at the ceremony. For more information call the Visitor Center.

 

 

 

 

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

511 10th Street N.W.

Washington, D.C.

202-426-6924

www.nps.gov/foth/planyourvisit/events

 

Sunday, February 12

8:45 a.m.

Join the NPS to commemorate the 203rd birthday anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th President with a wreath laying ceremony on the historic steps of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site. To enhance the visitor experience, park rangers and volunteers will be dressed in Civil War-era period clothing, throughout the day.

 

 

Monday, February 13

6:00 p.m.

In honor of African American History month, join the NPS for a program entitled “Traveling through Music and History.”  With music being the universal language  for African Americans from the Civil War to Civil Rights, step back in time with four local choirs, Mustard Seed Cooperative Parish Choir of the United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Choir, Sanctuary Choir of Unity of Washington, D.C., and the Colston Memorial Choir of the Sanctuary of Kingdom Square Chronicle.  Enjoy a moment in history with narrator Kevin Hawkins as you travel back in time meet Mary Harris, a plantation worker as well as Hari Jones, a storyteller; Louis Jones, a Union Solider; Sandy Wilson, a medical doctor, and Sandra Walia, who will portray Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress.  Admission to the theatre is free, however, seating is limited. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. 

 

Monday, February 20

9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, join the NPS for two ranger talk programs as they educate audiences about Civil War Washington and the events of April 14, 1865.

 

 

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Lower Town District

171 Shoreline Drive

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Visitor Center: 304-535-6029

www.nps.gov/hafe

There is a $6 fee per vehicle for 3 days or $4 per person on foot or bicycle.

 

February 5-29

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In honor of African American History month, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to attend a viewing of a Black History exhibit on the second floor of the John Brown Museum on Shenandoah Street entitled: “Running to Freedom: Fighting for Freedom.” This special exhibit highlights Harpers Ferry's role in this story as one of many Union garrison towns where runaway slaves, or "contraband," sought refuge. Find out about African Americans who served in the military, including West Virginia's Martin Delany, the only black officer to receive the rank of major during the Civil War. For additional information, please call the Park Visitor Center.

 

Manassas National Battlefield Park

12521 Lee Highway (I-66 West from Washington 28 miles; exit onto Virginia Rte.234) Manassas, VA 20109

Visitor Center: 703-361-1339

www.nps.gov/mana

 

February 1-29

11:00 a.m.  and 2:00 p.m.

During the month of February join a park ranger for the First Manassas tour, ask about “Baptism of Fire” and learn about Lucy Griffith.  For further information, please call the Visitor Center.

 

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site  (a unit of National Capital Parks-East)

1318 Vermont Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C.

202-673-2402

www.nps.gov/mamc/planyourvisit/events

 

February 1-29

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

African American History is celebrated every day at the Council House!   Mary McLeod Bethune was one of the first African American leaders to recognize the need to preserve historical records, especially those pertaining to African American women. Hear interpretive rangers make the story of Mary McLeod Bethune come alive. For groups of 15 or more, please call for reservations. For further information on other Black History events call the site or visit www.nps.gov/mamc/planyourvisit/events

February 14

On-line Virtual Photo Gallery - The NPS will launch an on-line virtual photo gallery and educational materials on the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House’s website www.nps.gov/mamc. Howard University’s Department of History created the photo gallery. The virtual photo gallery is titled “I Carried the Torch of Leadership: The Legacy of the National Council of Negro Women” and covers the leadership of the National Council of Negro Women from 1943 to 1966. Mary McLeod Bethune and the Council’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement will be featured in teacher and student packets available on-line.

 

 

February 18

1:00 p.m.

 

Join the NPS for an interactive advanced art workshop on world-renowned artist Faith Ringgold. This workshop will be presented by Gina Marie Lewis, Professor of Art, Bowie State University.  Lewis will lead the workshop with youth from ages 8-11. Learn about African-American female artist Faith Ringgold and create collages of famous female civil rights leaders. After the workshop, participants will tour the home and the National Archives of Black Women’s History and view an original quilt made by Faith Ringgold. The viewing will be facilitated by NPS site curatorial staff. Reservations are required.

 

 

 

Monocacy National Battlefield

5201 Urbana Pike (located three miles south of Frederick on Maryland Rte. 355)

Frederick, MD 21704

Visitor Center: 301-662-3515

www.nps.gov/mono

 

February 1-29

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During African American History month, visit the Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center and see the temporary exhibit on slavery at “L’Hermitage,” the home to the second-largest enslaved population in Frederick County during the 1800’s. See how they sought freedom. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Washington, D.C.

202-426-6841

www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/events.htm

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

 

February 1-29

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

In honor of African American History month, NPS park rangers will present daily interpretive talks at various monuments and memorials every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

 

Lincoln Memorial

23rd & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC

Sunday, February 12 (actual birthday)

12 noon

Join the NPS, the Military District of Washington, and the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee to commemorate the 203rd birthday anniversary of America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. A wreath will be placed for the President of the United States, the Department of Interior, and the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee after a dramatic reading of the Gettysburg Address. The observance is free and open to the public. For further information call 202-619-7222.

 

 

Old Stone House (a unit Rock Creek Park)

3051 M Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C.

202-895-6070 or 202-426-6851

www.nps.gov/olst/

 

Sunday, February 5, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 12 noon, Sundays February 18 and 26, 10:00 a.m.

Join NPS rangers on a Black Georgetown hike. Explore stories of sacrifice, adversity and success on this tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant 19th-century African-American community in the heart of Georgetown. Visit the Old Stone House and relive life through a slave eyes. 

 

 

Oxon Cove Park (a unit of National Capital Parks-East)

6411 Oxon Hill Road

Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Visitor Center: 301-839-1176 or 301-763-1062

www.nps.gov/oxhi

 

Saturdays and Sunday, during February

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join NPS rangers on a tour, of the Mount Welby Plantation Home. Learn stories of the 17 enslaved people who lived and worked at the plantation during the 19th century.   For further information, call the site Visitor Center.

 

 

President's Park

White House Visitor Center

1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C.

202-208-1631

www.nps.gov/whho

 

Tuesdays through Saturdays during February

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

African American History month is a remembrance of important people and events. Rangers at President’s Park are honored to present interpretive talks on the historical events that shaped history through past Presidents’ accomplishments.  Learn how the stories of African-Americans are woven throughout the history of President’s Park and the White House. Meet the ranger in the White House Visitor Center.  Ask a Park Ranger about “A Traveling Trunk or Not.” For additional information, please call the Visitor Center.

 

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA

1-800-222-2294or 703-533-1155

www.womensmemorial.org

 

The Women's Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women-- past, present and future -and is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services.  American women have participated in defense of this nation in war and in peacetime. The Memorial houses an Exhibit Gallery, Hall of Honor, Gift Shop, Theater, Upper Terrace, Court of Valor and, the heart of the Memorial, a computerized Register containing 250,000 women's stories. Admission to the Memorial is free.

 

Programs and events are subject to change.  Every effort is made to maintain the schedule.  Please contact the park or visit the park's website to confirm program, dates, and times.

 

 

 

 [END OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS]

 

MARCH

National Women's History Month

“Women’s Education- Women’s Empowerment”

 

The National Park Service proudly commemorates Women's History Month throughout March and welcomes everyone to help celebrate and learn about women's achievements and contributions to our Nation. With the theme of "Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment,” the National Park Service presents a series of exhibits, programs and events that are directly connected to and support this theme and concept.  Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength for all. This calendar of events presents highlights of efforts that National Park Service staff has created to enrich and detail the work performed at the many sites listed that complete the unique sphere of women's history.   

 

All visitors are invited to visit the websites listed or call the phone numbers provided to confirm the event listed below.

 

 

 

Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Visitor Center: 301-432-5124

Free with park entry fee of $6 per car

www.nps.gov/anti

March 1-31

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Be sure to visit the Clara Barton Monument during Women’s History Month at Antietam National Battlefield. The Monument is located at stop 2, the only monument in the battlefield dedicated to the memory of a woman and one of the locations Clara Barton became synonymous with. The suggested  best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8½ miles long with 11 stops.  For further information and directions please call the park’s visitor center.

 

Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial (a unit of George Washington Memorial Parkway)

Located inside Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 20042

703-235-1530

www.nps.gov/arho

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31

 

Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, will present a Victorian Dance program in recognition of Women’s History Month.  The Victorian Dance Ensemble, a Civil War Dance group will perform Victorian dances in the Arlington House. The Ensemble is a group of living historians who share a love for the grace and beauty of mid-nineteenth century dancing. Victorian dancing was enjoyed by the Lee family at Arlington Estate on the Eve of the Civil War.  Come out, watch, learn and join the dancer as they perform Civil War dance.  Music will be provided by the Gilmore Light Ensemble. This program is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

Catoctin Mountain Park

14707 Park Central Road

Thurmont, MD 21788

Visitor Center: 301-663-9388

www.nps.gov/cato

 

March 1-31

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

 

March is the month to recognize, honor and celebrate women. This month at Catoctin Mountain Park visitors can see an exhibit on women who work at the park and their achievements and accomplishments.  Learn about the role of women and education. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cato or call 301-663-9388.

 

Clara Barton National Historic Site

5801 Oxford Road

Glen Echo, MD 20812

301-320-1410

www.nps.gov/clba

 

March 1-31

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Guided tours on the hour.

Groups of 10 or more require reservations.

Admission is free.

Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.  Barton’s home served as the headquarters and warehouse for the organization.  Learn how Barton organized American Red Cross relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war and how this organization became known world-wide.  For directions, please call the site or visit the park’s website.  This site is open daily and guided tours are provided daily. 

 

March 1-31

“Clara Barton: Equal Justice for All,” is an exhibit featuring objects that highlight Clara Barton’s role in the major social issues of her time, including civil rights for African Americans and the women’s suffrage movement.  Learn about Barton’s work with the Freedman’s Bureau (to include U.S. Government aid for distressed Americans of the Civil War, the Office of Missing Soldiers, and the International Conference of Women, and emergency relief/disaster recovery efforts of the American Red Cross (including the Sea Islands Hurricane).                               This exhibition will also examine Baron’s ties to many prominent figures in both the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements, including Frances Gage, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass.

 

March 1-31

Clara Barton National Historic Site will host an exhibit highlighting imagery some of the numerous awards and honors Clara Barton received for her service. Among her 23 medals is the Silver Cross of Imperial Russia which she received for her work sending aid in the form of Iowa corn to victims of an 1892 famine in Russia. Visitors will see the Spanish Decoration of Honor award she received for her work in Cuba providing relief to civilians and military personnel during the Spanish-American War.

 

 

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

1318 Vermont Ave., N.W. (located one-half block south of Logan Circle, N.W.)

Washington, D.C. 20005

202-673-2402

www.nps.gov/nace

 

March 1-31

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tours on the hour

Hear interpretive rangers make the story of Mary McLeod Bethune come alive and learn why Bethune was one of the first African American women leaders to recognize the need to preserve historical records, especially those pertaining to African American women. For groups of 15 or more, please call for reservations.

 

Wednesday, March 28

8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building

First & Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Join the National Park Service for a discussion entitled: “A Salute to Mary McLeod Bethune and Maggie Lena Walker: The Power of the Past and the Power of their Paths.”

 

 

 

Monocacy National Battlefield

5201 Urbana Pike (located three miles south of Frederick on Maryland Rte. 355)

Frederick, MD 21704

Visitor Center: 301-662-3515

www.nps.gov/mono

 

March 1-31

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the month of March, visit the second floor of Monocacy’s Visitor Center, and see interactive and multimedia exhibits. Numerous vignettes will take the visitor to important locations related to the Battle of Monocacy as well as electronic maps, historical artifacts and interpretive displays of the Battle. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Washington, D.C. 20024

202-426-6841

www.nps.gov/nama

 

March 8-25

In honor of Women's History Month, a National Park Service park ranger will present interpretative talks at various monuments and memorials.  See schedule below:

 

Saturday, March 10

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

First Ladies in Trying Times

Washington Monument Lodge

15th Street between Independence and Constitution Avenues

 

Saturday, March 10 and 17

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Lady Patriots

DC War Memorial

Independence Avenue between 17th and 23rd Streets

 

Wednesday, March 7

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Women of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

21st  Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

 

Friday, March 9

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Battle of Hampton Roads

Lincoln Memorial

23rd and Independence Avenue

 

Saturday, March 10

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where are the Bands of Patriots?

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Tidal Basin

 

 

Saturday, March 10, 17

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Imprisonment of Women: The Battle for Equal Rights – walking tour

Beginning at Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Avenue, N.E on Capital Hill

 

Saturday, March 10

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rosie the Riveter

World War II Memorial

17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues

 

Sunday, March 11, 18

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hispanic Women of the Civil War –walking tour

Beginning at the National Archives, 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

 

Sunday, March 11, 18

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World

D.C. War Memorial

Independence Ave between 17th and 23rd Streets, S.W.

 

Saturday, March 17

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Maya Ying Lin: The Vietnam Wall and Beyond

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

21st Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

 

 

Sunday, March 18

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

West Potomac Park, enter the Memorial from Ohio Drive, S.W.

 

 

Sunday, March 25

6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Nellie Taft: First Lady of Potomac Park

Japanese Lantern, located on the north side of the Tidal Basin, just off eastbound Independence Avenue, S.W.

 

Friday, March 30

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of the Genji

Japanese Lantern, located on the north side of the Tidal Basin, just off eastbound Independence Avenue, S.W.

 

 

Oxon Cove Park (Unit of National Capital Parks-East)

6411 Oxon Hill Road

Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Visitor Center: 301-839-1176

www.nps.gov/oxhi

 

Sunday, March 25

Visitor Barn

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Reservations required

During Women’s History Month, enjoy “Women and the power of the Pen,” at Oxon Cove Park. Kids ages 7-14 are invited to visit the park and explore the letters of Mrs. DeButts, the mistress of Mount Welby. Discover how historians used these letters to gain insight into 19th century life on the Mount Welby Plantation. Explore how women used their personal writings as a way to assert themselves in a world that seemed to have no place for them.

 

 

White House Visitor Center

1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

202-208-1631

www.nps.gov/whho

 

Rangers Talks and Walks

March 1-31

 

First Ladies, the wives of presidents, have helped make this Office and its role stronger and better.  First Ladies have helped improve this nation’s communities and continue to play a vital role in achieving justice and equal rights for all our citizens.  First Ladies have been and are today those remarkable women who believe in the promise of all individuals and continue to strengthen this nation through their jobs as First Ladies.  Join a ranger-led interpretive talk and gain a better understanding of these smart, courageous women who supported respective Presidents of the United States.   For further details, call the visitor center.

 

 

Women in the Military Service for America Memorial

Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA 20042

1-800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155

www.womensmemorial.org

 

The memorial is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

 

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women -- past, present and future -- and is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in this nation's defense in all services. Self-guided tours are available at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. If you plan to visit the memorial and would like to schedule a personal tour, please call 703-892-2606. With a two week notice, a docent, who provides guided tours, can usually be arranged.

 

Remember programs and events are subject to change. Please contact the park or visit the park’s website to confirm programs, dates, and times.

 

 

[END OF WOMEN'S HISTORY EVENTS]

 

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Noon, Saturday, March 11

Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Salute to the Irish! The annual parade features bands, floats and drill teams along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW. Check back for further information.

 

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 20 to Sunday, April 27, 2011

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a springtime celebration in Washington, D.C. . The 2012 Festival, March 20 – April 27, includes 5 spectacular weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.

The 2012 Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.  Join the National Park Service and partner organizations for this annual springtime celebration in our nation’s capital. 

The five-week festival is kicked off with an opening ceremony, followed by an array of activities and cultural events. Every day there will be live musical and cultural performances at the Sylvan Theatre, guided evening cherry walks and talks along the tidal basin, the Bloomin Jr. Ranger program and, of course, the blossoming of more than 3700 Japanese cherry trees. Other events include the Blossom Kite Festival and the ceremonial lighting of a historic Japanese lantern. The festival closes with a parade along Constitution Avenue. This festival is among the more well-attended functions in the National Park Service where millions are expected to enjoy the cherry trees over the two week period. For additional information, please call 1-877-44BLOOM or for a complete listing of events visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org Listed below are some of the programs and activities taking place during the two week period.

 

 

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY

 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Visitor Barn

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Visitor Center: 301-839-1176

www.nps.gov/oxhi

 

During Women’s History Month enjoy “National Agriculture Day” at Oxon Cove Park. Complete the scavenger hunt entitled, “The More I know About Food the Better Healthy Choices I can make.” Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Reconnect with former ways of preparing food well before microwaves made today’s cooking easy!

 

 

2012 BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday, March 31 (Rain Date Sunday, April 1)

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Monument Grounds, Constitution Ave. & 17th St., NW Washington, D.C.

Build your own kite at home and enter the handmade kite competition, an annual event that is traditionally the kick off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Don't miss this great family fun event!  Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. The 2011 annual Kite Festival will have performance and activities for all ages. (Rain date:  April 10) This event is free and open to the public. For further information call 202-633-3030. See you on the National Mall!

 

2012 PERFORMANCE STAGE AT SYLVAN THEATER

Date: Saturday March 31- Sunday, April 15

Time: 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.  Friday and Saturday

Location: Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, Independence Avenue and Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Enjoy free performances featuring music, dance, song and martial arts exhibitions, and marching hands. In the shadow of the Washington Monument, this is the Festival’s primary stage. Enjoy recognized and diverse talent from around the region, country, and world.

 

RANGER-LED VISITOR PROGRAMS

March 24-April 15

 

2012 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE

Saturday, April 14

 10:00 a.m. to Noon

17TH Streets on Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

This parade is a spectacular event for adults and children of all ages and is produced by the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry Blossom queens from the U.S. and Japan add royalty to the procession. The parade will include clowns, horses, antique cars and mascots. This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but grandstand seats will be available. Standing room along the Parade route (Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW) is free and open to the public. Rain or Shine!

 

 

JAZZ AT THE JEFFERSON

 

April 19 – April 22, 2012

Jefferson Memorial

 

The Jefferson Memorial stage features jazz programming and spectacular views of the Tidal Basin. FREE.

 

 

APRIL

 

2012 TRADITIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL JAPANESE STONE LANTERN LIGHTING CEREMONY

Date:              Sunday, April 8

Time:             2:00 p.m.

Location:      Tidal Basin at Independence Ave., and 17th Street, at Japanese Stone Lantern

Join the National Park Service as it celebrates this Traditional Lighting Ceremony. The Lantern Lighting is presented by National Park Service and National Conference of State Societies featuring Cherry Blossom Princesses. Lighting of the Stone Lantern is a formal ceremony featuring traditional Japanese performers and dignitaries.  The National Park Service advises visitors to this ceremony to take Metro and walk to the site on the north side of the Tidal Basin, as parking is extremely limited.

 

2012 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE

Date:             Saturday, April 14

Time:             Kicks off at 10:0 a.m.

Location:      7-17TH Streets on Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

This parade is a spectacular event for adults and children of all ages and is produced by the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry Blossom queens from the U.S. and Japan add royalty to the procession. The parade will include clowns, horses, antique cars and mascots. This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but grandstand seats will be available. Standing room along the Parade route (Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW) is free and open to the public. Rain or Shine!

 

 

 

24th ANNUAL POTOMAC WATERSHED CLEANUP

9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday April 14

District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

 

9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

 

The National Parks join in the annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup.  Since 1989, more than 60,000 volunteers have teamed with 375 partner organizations to tug over 3 million tons of trash from the watershed’s streams, rivers and bays. Last year´s haul of over 250 tons included more than 15 tons of recyclables, 21,597 plastic bags, 1,844 tires, 14,802 cigarette butts, 3 canoes and 2 couches! The 2011 Cleanup took place at over 500 sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – all part of the lands, or watershed, that drain into the Potomac. Locations included fields, forests, parking lots and other ‘inland’ sites, where the trash can be removed before it enters creeks and other waterways.

 

Antietam National Battlefield - 301-432-5124

Anacostia Park – 202-690-5185                                                                                                                                        

 Catoctin Mountain Park - 301-663-9388                                                                                                                                   

 C&O Canal National Historic Park   301-714-2218

Ford’s Theatre- 202-426-5961

Theodore Roosevelt Island - 703-289-2500                                                                                                                                

 Great Falls Park - 703-285-2965                                                                                                                                                 

Greenbelt Park - 301-344-3948                                                                                                                                                    

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park-   304-535-6029 

Mary McCleod Bethune Council House NHS- 202-673-2402

 Manassas National Battlefield Park- 7 03-361-1339                                                                                                       

Monocacy National Battlefield - 301-662-3515 

National Mall land Memorial Parks- 202-426-6841

Oxon Cove Park- 301-839-0211

 Prince William Forest Park - 703-221-7181 

President’s Park- 202-208-1631                                                                                                                                                 

Rock Creek Park - 202-895-6o70

Wolf Trap National Park For the Performing Arts- 703-255-1800

 

 

 


2012 BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday, March 31

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Monument Grounds, Constitution Ave. & 17th St., NW Washington, D.C.

Build your own kite at home and enter the handmade kite competition, an annual event that is traditionally the kickoff of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Don't miss this great family fun event!  Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. The 2011 annual Kite Festival will have performance and activities for all ages. (Rain date:  April 1) This event is free and open to the public. For further information call 202-633-3030. See you on the National Mall!

 

2012 THOMAS JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE

11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

This annual presidential tribute marks the 269th birthday anniversary of the Nation's third president, featuring a military color guard. Patriotic wreath tributes followed by the sounding of “Taps’ will conclude the program. For more information call 202-619-7222.

 

NATIONAL PARK WEEK

April 21-29

Fee Free Day www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

 

Get out and discover something new about national parks. This year's focus,  highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. If you are planning to visit a national park to celebrate National Park Week, then you will be happy to know that admission will be free to all national parks during this special time. 

 

National Park Week is an annual presidentially-proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. April 21-29 is National Park Week and the National Park Service encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders found in parks across the country, and in Greater Washington. The National Parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer - our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. During National Park Week, plan a visit to a national park near you.

 

National Parks provide ample opportunity for healthy and active living at any age and provide great recreational options including hiking, biking, and camping.  The National Park Service warmly welcomes all Americans and international visitors alike to vacation at one of our national parks outside of your state and become amazed at what recreational experiences abound.  

 

This year, National Park Week, National Junior Ranger Day, (April 23) and Earth Day, (April 22) occurs during the same week, three great reasons to be outdoors. Many National Parks offer the opportunity to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers and play outdoors. Interested children complete a series of active activities during their park visit, and receive an official Junior Ranger badge or patch and Junior Ranger certificate.

 

In addition to waiving entrance fees throughout the week, national parks and park partners are offering programs as part of National Park Week festivities.  On Saturday April 23, kids will be the special guests for  Junior Ranger Day.  More details at www.nps.gov/npweek.

 

 

Be sure to check with a national park site near you for updated events and information. Listed below are National Capital Region park sites that will offer healthy and active programs during National Park Week:

 


 

 


Antietam National Battlefield - 301-432-5124

Anacostia Park – 202-690-5185                                                                                                                                        

 Catoctin Mountain Park - 301-663-9388                                                                                                                                   

 C&O Canal National Historic Park   301-714-2218

Ford’s Theatre- 202-426-5961

Theodore Roosevelt Island - 703-289-2500                                                                                                                                

 Great Falls Park - 703-285-2965                                                                                                                                                 

Greenbelt Park - 301-344-3948                                                                                                                                                    

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park-   304-535-6029 

Mary McCleod Bethune Council House NHS- 202-673-2402

 Manassas National Battlefield Park- 7 03-361-1339                                                                                                       

Monocacy National Battlefield - 301-662-3515 

National Mall land Memorial Parks- 202-426-6841

Oxon Cove Park- 301-839-0211

 Prince William Forest Park - 703-221-7181 

President’s Park- 202-208-1631                                                                                                                                                 

Rock Creek Park - 202-895-6o70

Wolf Trap National Park For the Performing Arts- 703-255-1800


 

 

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY

 

Saturday, April 23

 

Explore, Learn, Protect- Are you interested in exploring? Do you like art, science, history or nature? How about animals, sailing ships, dinosaurs or trains? Would you like to learn more about the national parks that belong to you? Did you know you can help protect these special places- even if you never visit them? Then, visit a national park on National Junior Day. National Parks offer visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service Family as a Junior Ranger. You can complete a series of activities during your park visit, share your answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger badge or patch and a Junior Ranger certificate. The Junior Ranger programs at National Parks encourage kids and their families to engage in activities through the parks.

 

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER

 C&O CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, 1859 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD

Welcome children ages 6-8, to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. We know that’s a mouthful, so just call it the C&O Canal for short. We are glad you want to become a Junior Ranger. Junior Rangers are special people. They want to protect plants, wildlife (such as turtles and birds) and keep our water clean. Junior Rangers also want to protect historic features so those who come after us can also enjoy them. For ages 9-12 the C&O Canal is a historical treasure filled with many wonderful resources. We hope you will explore this national park and unlock the treasures that are waiting to be discovered. You can learn about nature, geology, history and man-made structures by using this booklet as a guide. Junior Rangers are special people because they have decided to take an active role in the National Park Service Mission, "to preserve and protect our natural, cultural and recreational resources for this and future generations." For further information call the visitor centers at Georgetown at 202-653-5190 or Great Falls at 301-767-3714

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER

GREAT FALLS PARK, Great Falls, VA

Children 5 and up are invited to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The program is an exciting experience for those wishing to explore the park. There are two booklets, grouped by age, which can be signed out at the Visitor Center desk. Most Junior Rangers complete the booklet in one to two hours, but may take as much time as they wish to finish. Children who complete the booklet earn a Junior Ranger Badge to honor their accomplishments. Want to explore more of your National Parks? Many National Parks offer Junior Ranger programs both in the park and on the Internet. Visit Web Rangers for more information on web-based programs. For visitor information call (703) 285-2965.

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER

GREENBELT PARK, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD

Each National Park conducts its junior ranger program in different ways due to staff and other factors. There is an application process which includes an application and an essay on why you would want to become a Greenbelt Park Junior Ranger. The Greenbelt Park Junior Ranger Program is a program for young people ages 8 -12. Our goal at Greenbelt Park is to provide a learning experience and to promote appreciation and understanding of the environment. As a Junior Ranger you will learn to “preserve and protect our nation’s natural and cultural resources for the education and enjoyment of future generations.” Activities in correlation with the program are intended to engage participants in the National Park experience. For additional information call 301-344-3948.

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER

 HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV

The Junior Ranger booklet is full of fun activities that allow you to explore the park museums and exhibits. You will learn about John Brown's raid, the Civil War, the animals that live in the wetlands, and much more. For further information call 304-535-6029

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER

 MONOCACY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, 5201 Urbana Pike (located three miles south of Frederick on Maryland Rte. 355)Frederick, MD 21704

The Junior Ranger program will help youngsters gain a better understanding of the National Park Service, the Civil War and the Battle of Monocacy. Children completing the required number of activities will earn a Monocacy Junior Ranger badge and certificate. Being a Junior Ranger is a special privilege and honor. As a Junior Ranger you will take care of Monocacy National Battlefield and other National Parks. You will learn about the history of the battlefield and share it with your family and friends. For our younger visitors, ages 5 - 14, “try out” our Junior Ranger Booklet. You may pick up a copy at the Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, or you may download your own copy in Adobe PDF format (2.55 MB). For further information call 301-662-3515.

 

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER AT PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK

Prince William Forest Park, 18100 Park Headquarters Road, Triangle, VA 22172-1644

Stop by the park’s visitor center to pick up the new and improved Prince William Forest Park Junior Ranger booklet. The booklet is designed for ages 7 to 12, but it’s exciting, educational activities are fun for all ages. Upon completing the booklet, children will be awarded a junior ranger badge and certificate. The park's geographical location is unique in that it covers the Piedmont and Coastal zone, and all are rich with plants, animals and stories of human history, giving children plenty of opportunity to explore and learn. Kids visiting the park enjoy visiting the exhibits and touch table located at the visitor center. There are several easy hikes that kids of all ages can go on, including Pine Grove Forest Trail and Laurel Loop Trail. For older children, the Farms to Forest Trail provide a good challenge and areexcellent day hikes. Get kids involved in ranger-led programs. These include guided hikes, slide programs, bird walks and guided explorations of various park features. A Junior Ranger program is also available by downloading it online at www.nps.gov/prwi . For further information call 703-221-7181.

 

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER AT ROCK CREEK PARK

 

Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

 

We have Junior Ranger and Advanced Junior Ranger activity books that can be picked up at the Nature Center, Peirce Barn or the Old Stone House. Once completed, please return them to a park ranger and the child will receive a Rock Creek Park Junior Park Ranger badge or patch. Our Junior Ranger Camps introduce youngsters, ages 7-12, to many of the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities available at Rock Creek Park. For more information or to enroll, contact the Rock Creek Nature Center at (202)895-6070

 

[END OF NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY ACTIVITIES]

 

 

 

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF CLARA BARDON ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

 

Clara Barton National Historic Site (A unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway)

5801 Oxford Road

Glen Echo, MD

301-320-1410

www.nps.gov/clba

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special exhibits will be featured, along with a visit from Miss Barton's former assistant and American Red Cross Chief Field Agent, Dr. Julian B. Hubbell portrayed by James Perry. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hourly tours will highlight Miss Barton's legacy and the period surrounding her death.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - Open House 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Actress Mary Ann Jung will portray Clara Barton at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in free performances at the Bumper Car Pavilion in Glen Echo Park. An Open House from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. will feature Dr. Hubbell (James Perry)

 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Open House  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A symposium on Clara Barton featuring author Elizabeth Brown Pryor and George Washington University women's history scholar, Bonnie Morris will take place in Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom Annex from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. An Open House from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. will feature Elizabeth Brown Pryor for a book signing and a visit with Dr. Hubbell (James Perry).

 

 

 

ANACOSTIA RIVER AND JAZZ FEST

 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion

 

Come out to Anacostia Park for a full day of music and activities. The event will feature Jazz music, paddling trips, fishing demonstrations and much more.  For additional information call 202-472-3884.

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE ANNUAL EASTER EGG ROLL

 

Date to be announced

South Lawn of the White House

The President and First Lady will announce this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll.  For further information please call the White House Visitor Center at 202-208-1631.

 

MAY

 

"TWILIGHT TATTOO"

 

7:00 p.m. Wednesdays

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Fort McNair

June 6, 20, 27 –Fort McNair

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

New location in 2012

 

Summerall Field on Historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA

 

The United States Army’s most popular outdoor ceremonial pageant opens in the Washington D.C. area on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, on Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. The pageant starts at 7:00 p.m. (pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45 p.m.).

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant that features Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), troop, and ceremonial units: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team; The U.S. Army Blues, a soloist from The U.S. Army Chorus or The U.S. Army Voices, and members of The U.S. Army Band Downrange. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer!  Please check back frequently for updates at: http://www.mdw.army.mil/tlt/tlt.htm.  For last-minute inclement weather calls, sign up for our email list: http://www.usarmyband.com/events/subscribe.html

Performances are free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or email them at ncr.webeventsmail@jfhqncr.northcom.mil

 

 

 "FRIDAY EVENING PARADES"

 

8:45 p.m., Friday evenings, May 4- August 31

Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets SE, Washington, D.C.

 

A one hour and fifteen minute performance of music and precision marching, the Evening Parade features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and LCpl. Chesty XIII, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.

The ceremony starts at 8:45 p.m., beginning with a concert by the United States Marine Band. The Evening Parade, held every Friday evening during the summer, has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. 

Guests with reservations are admitted beginning at 7:00 p.m. and should arrive no later than 7:45 p.m. Guests with reservations that arrive after 8:00 p.m. are not guaranteed their reserved seating. There is no charge for admission. At the time the reservation is confirmed, a numbered admission gate is assigned to which guests should report on the evening of the parade. At 8:00 p.m., guests without reservations who are waiting in the General Admission line outside the Main Gate of the Barracks are offered the unclaimed seats. As a security precaution, all guests entering the Barracks pass through magnetic detection devices. No weapons of any kind, including knives, are allowed inside the Barracks. No food or beverages are permitted with the exception of water and baby food/bottles.  For additional information call (202) 433-4073 or 202-433-6060.

 

VICTORY IN EUROPE (V-EDAY) AT WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

9:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 8

World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence

 

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) was on May 8, 1945, the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany.  In commemoration of V-E Day a wreath will be placed at the World War II Memorial. For further information call 202-619-7222.

 

 

24th ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 13

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial between 4th and 5th and E and F Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., at Judiciary Square Metro stop

The annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Organized by the NLEOMF, the vigil formally dedicates the newly engraved names on the Memorial and honors all of America’s fallen officers.  Many of the principal chiefs of police from around the nation attend, as do the families of many of the officers who died in the line of duty for the previous year. The ceremony commemorates their loss, in the days following when the names of the slain officers are added to the wall.  US Park Police serves as the host agency for this event.

 

National Police Week 2012

May 13-19

National Police Week occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls – a time when the nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country.

 

 

SUMMER CONCERT

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19

World War II Memorial, 17th Streets between Independence and Constitution Avenues, Washington, D.C.

 

The Cruisers: The U.S. Navy Band Contemporary will perform. This concert is sponsored by The Friends of the National World War II Memorial.” The concert is free and open to the public.

 

 

FERRY HILL PLACE COMMEMORATION CEREMONY

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19

Historic Ferry Hill Place, 16500 Shepherdstown Pike (Rt. 34) Sharpsburg, MD

Join the C&O Canal National Historical Park for a grand ceremony to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Ferry Hill Place and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War along the C&O Canal.  Activities will include live music, interpretive and living history programs from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., prior to and following the 1:00 p.m. ceremony. Visitors are also welcome to tour the new museum exhibits.

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

 “… a time to remember, to heal, to bring our nation together…”

 

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and attend wreath-laying ceremonies.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

 

NETHERLANDS CARILLON CONCERTS

2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 26

On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA

Guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For further information call 703-289-2500/2552 or visit our web site for concert listings at www.nps.gov/gwmp.

 

MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION AT MONOCACY

 

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Saturday- Monday, May 26-28

Monocacy National Battlefield, Visitor Center, Maryland State Route 355, Frederick, MD

 

Last Full Measure of Devotion - Monocacy National Battlefield will host a memorial flag display in honor of those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Monocacy. The flags will be displayed all three days. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, visitors are encouraged to participate in a National Moment of Remembrance in honor of all veterans.  Park rangers will present programs focusing on the history of Memorial Day through the day. For additional information please call 301-662-3515.

 

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION

 

11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26

Downtown Sharpsburg, National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD

Sharpsburg claims one of the original Memorial Day parades in the United States. The parade is held the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend. The celebration was started to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. The commemoration will begin with a wreath laying ceremony at the Town Hall, followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade. There will be a ceremony following the parade at the Antietam National Cemetery.  Antietam National Battlefield’s Superintendent will provide welcoming remarks, and the Boonsboro High School Band will present a musical selection to complete the ceremony.  All are invited to attend this ceremony.  All are invited to attend this ceremony. For additional information please call 301-432-5124.

 

ANNUAL ROLLING THUNDER RIDE FOR FREEDOM 

12 noon, Sunday, May 27

Assemble at Pentagon north parking lot

Rolling Thunder is an annual motorcycle rally that is held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend. Thousands of motorcycles will departure from the Pentagon at 12 noon. Veterans will roar across Washington, DC on their motorcycles as a tribute to American war heroes. Following the ride “A Tribute to Veterans” with speakers and a musical Tribute will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the west end of the JFK Hockey field.

 

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

 

8:00 -9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27

Public access to the U.S. Capitol Grounds begins at 5:00 p.m.

West lawn, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC

 

The National Symphony Orchestra performs the first of three outdoor holiday concerts. The concert is free and is broadcast LIVE on PBS. Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices made by so many … and a day for healing. On the eve of Memorial Day, come out and enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, a deeply moving and reverential tribute to the men and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.  The concert is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required.

 

 

 “HONORING OUR FALLEN WARRIORS” ON MEMORIAL DAY AT THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

 

8:00 a.m., Monday, May 28

World War II Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC

The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will sponsor a Memorial Day Observance at the National World War II Memorial.  Wreaths will be laid in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. For further information call 202-619 -7222.

 

MEMORIAL DAY WREATH LAYING CEREMONIES AT THE U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL

11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 28

U.S. Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 9th Street, Washington, DC

Naval District Washington will lay a wreath at the Navy Memorial. For additional information, please call 202-737-2300.

 

MEMORIAL DAY AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

11:00 a.m., Monday May 28

The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

 The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., was dedicated on May 15, 1920. While many ceremonies are conducted throughout the country, many consider the services at Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater to be the nation's official ceremonies to honor all American service members who serve to keep the United States free.  Memorial Day is one of the three major annual memorial services held in the Amphitheater and are sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.  The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct an Armed Forces Full Honor wreath-laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A prelude concert will be performed by the U.S. Navy Band at 10:30 a.m. For further information call 703-607-8000.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

1:00 p.m., Monday, May 28

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

The 2012 Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will begin the national commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary.  This year the Department of Defense’s Office of Commemorations is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and National Parks Service for a special and inspiring ceremony to thank and honor America’s Vietnam veterans for their service, valor and sacrifice.  Invited dignitaries include the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs, the Joint Chiefs, Senator Chuck Hagel (a Vietnam veteran) as well as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of the Interior and other cabinet officials.  Dignitaries, Veteran Service Organizations, Gold Star family members and military leaders will lay wreaths during the ceremony. Taps and a moment of silence will follow the wreath laying. For additional information, please call 202-619-7222.

 

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

 

2:00 p.m., Monday, May 28

7th-17th Street, along Constitution Ave.., Washington, DC

 

The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC is a flag-waving event with patriotic marches and floats. The Parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and is an annual tradition of remembrance for those who have died serving our country.

 

 

 

WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE HONORS MEMORIAL DAY

 

4:00 p.m., Monday, May 28

located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.

 

This ceremony is one of the major Memorial Day programs in the nation's capital; it is free and open to the public. The program includes formal military honors, remarks from servicewomen representing each of the services and the Women's Memorial traditional Rose Petal Ceremony with personal tributes to departed comrades. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program. We hope you'll join us for this special Memorial Day tribute.   The Women in Military for America Memorial is the nation's only major memorial honoring all servicewomen, past, present and future. For further information call 703-533-1155. Memorial is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily.

 

 

 

 

[END OF MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS]

 

 

JUNE

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

America’s Best Ides-the national parks- gets even better with several fee free days at your national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Mark your calendar for fee-free day June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)

 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Washington, D.C. 20024

202-426-6841

www.nps.gov/nama

 

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

Meet at Survey Lodge Ranger Station, Meet at Survey Lodge Ranger Station, located one block west of the intersection of 15th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W.

 

During the month of June, National Park Service park rangers will present interpretative talks at various monuments and memorials.    Programs are ranger’s choice about anything on the National Mall: nature, history, and the programs are always fun. Programs are outdoors. See schedule below:

 

Friday, June 1, 2012

 

Battle of Seven Pines
Living History, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Visit with a Ranger in Civil War period clothing to learn about the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862 and its effect on the United States Civil War. Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

Hello Federal Triangle, Farewell Murder Bay
Ranger Talk, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Federal Triangle was built in the 1930s as the largest construction plan of its kind. Join a ranger to learn why this massive project took place on “America’s Main Street.” Location: Old Post Office Tower observation deck. Contact: Titus Early (202) 606-8691.

Summer Concert Series at the World War II Memorial
Concert, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Military Concert conducted by the United States Navy Band Commodores.  Chairs provided.  Event will be canceled in event of rain.  The concert is hosted by Friends of the World War II Memorial. Location: World War II Memorial.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

American Voices: Protests in D.C.
Bike Tour, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Find out how the National Mall and Memorial Parks have been used as a backdrop for First Amendment demonstrations from civil rights to Vietnam and beyond.  Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Laura Abbott (202) 246-6841.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Long Live the Revolution
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a walking tour of the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. Location: Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

1942: The Critical Year
Ranger Program, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
1942 became a momentous year during WWII. It determined not only the outcome of WWII, it also created the postwar world as well.  Location: World War II Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

On this Day in History
Bike Tour- 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Some dates are easily remembered, while some events defy dating and seem to span lifetimes. Let’s journey to other ages to bring the past to life. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Art at the Park – The Lincoln Memorial
Ranger Talk- 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The McMillan Commission members that envisioned an expanded park in 1901 and the artists of the Lincoln Memorial that would be its western architectural anchor, all were luminaries in the “City Beautiful Movement.”  Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Jan Buerger 202-497-1397.

The Early Days of Pennsylvania Avenue
Walking Tour, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol and learn how the Federal District was shaped from farms, woodlands, and the genius of Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant. Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Jason Barna (202) 606-8691.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

The U.S. Navy in World War Two
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Explore the crucial role the U.S. Navy played in World War Two. Location: U.S. Navy Memorial. Contact: Mike Balis (202) 438-9710.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

United States Constitution Convention 1787: Its Meaning and Effect in 225 Years
Living History, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sign with a copy of the U.S. Constitution with a quill pen.  Meet rangers in colonial attire to learn more about the Constitution Convention. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

Your right to have an opinion about Washington...the city not the President!
Walking Tour-3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join a short walking tour of Freedom Plaza with a focus on the carved quotations of many previous visitors and their opinions of Washington. Location: Freedom Plaza fountain. Contact: David Newson (202) 606-8691.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Benjamin Banneker, Mathematics, and Surveying  D.C.
Living History, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet rangers in colonial attire to learn more about Benjamin Banneker, surveying D.C., and  his Life and times. Location: Washington Monument. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

Doctor Mary Walker: Civil War Surgeon
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Overcoming discrimination, Dr. Mary Walker became the only female surgeon employed by the Union Army. In this role she became the only woman ever to be award the Medal of Honor.   Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Matthew Hornberger (202) 359-7080.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

African American life on Pennsylvania Avenue
Walking Tour, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Come and join a ranger for a one hour walk and learn about African American life on Pennsylvania Ave.  Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Shunda Yates (202) 606-8691.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Miracle at Midway
Ranger Talk, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Seventy years ago the Battle of Midway became a turning point in the Pacific War. With a combination of risk, skill and luck the U.S. prevailed. Location: World War II Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Shady Ladies
Running Tour- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
In a male dominated Capital City women have been able to leave their mark. Join a Ranger while we look into D.C.’s past at scandal, power struggles, and wealthy intentions.   Location: Washington Monument Bookstore. Contact: Nikolette Williams (202) 345-6361.

Liberators of the Americas
Bike Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join Rangers Matthew Furman and Mike Townsend for a bike tour of the memorials and statues dedicated to the liberators of the Americas. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Matthew Furman (240) 882-8290.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Long Live the Revolution
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a walking tour of the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. Location: Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

D-Day, the Sixth of June
Ranger Talk, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
On June 6, 1944 the invasion of Normandy began the Liberation of Western Europe and the final defeat of Nazi Germany. Location: World War II Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Your right to have an opinion about Washington...the city not the President!
Walking Tour- 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Join a short walking tour of Freedom Plaza with a focus on the carved quotations of many previous visitors and their opinions of Washington. Location: Freedom Plaza fountain. Contact: David Newson (202) 606-8691.

People of  D.C.
Bike Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Assassins, madmen, inventors, presidents, and poets.  Some were butterflies and others were bullies, but together they are part of the fabric of a great city and American history. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad (202) 438-3456.

Art at the Park – The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Ranger Talk, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Lawrence Halprin’s memorial broke the grip of the neoclassical style on park architecture and reminded us that no American should be left behind. Location: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Contact: Jan Buerger 202-497-1397.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Savior of the Union: General George Thomas
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us as we explore the contributions General Thomas made to save the Union during the American Civil War. Location: General Thomas Memorial. Contact: Mike Balis (202) 438-9710.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Doctor Mary Walker: Civil War Surgeon
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Overcoming discrimination, Dr. Mary Walker became the only female surgeon employed by the Union Army. In this role she became the only woman ever to be awarded the Medal of Honor.   Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Matthew Hornberger (202) 359-7080.

Summer Concert Series at the World War II Memorial
Patriotic Concert, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Patriotic Concert provided by the United States Coast Guard Band Location: World War II Memorial.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

235th Flag Day of the United States of America
Living History, 11:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet  Rangers in 1776 and Civil War attire  to learn about United States Flag Day on its 235th birthday.  Location: Washington Monument. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

The Wall
Ranger Talk- 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
We will recognize the sacrifice of our nations Vietnam Veterans while discussing aspects and symbolism of the memorial, battles, and veterans who are among the 58,272 names. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Contact: Victor Pillow (202) 841-1774.

Friday, June 15, 2012

What the Tower Saw: Gay Rights
Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Old Post Office Tower has witnessed many things, including different demonstrations and marches. Stroll along Pennsylvania Ave and focus on LGBTQ rights. Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Julia Clebsch (202) 606-8691.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Family Tour - Unexplored Tales of the City
Bike Tour- 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
These tours prove once and for all that American history is stranger than fictitious American history. Really! Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad (202) 438-3456.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Long Live the Revolution
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a walking tour of the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. Location: Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

FDR and Churchill
Ranger Talk, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
FDR and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill developed a special and critical relationship during WWII. They formed a historic bond. Location: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

African American Life on Pennsylvania Avenue
Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Come and join a ranger for a one hour walk and learn about African American life on Pennsylvania Ave.  Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Shunda Yates (202) 606-8691.

Unexplored Tales of the City
Bike Tour- 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
These tours prove once and for all that American history is stranger than fictitious American history. Really! Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad (202) 438-3456.

Art at the Park – The Women Artists
Bike Tour, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Women artists who contributed to the park include Gertrude Whitney, Evelyn Longman, Maya Lin, Glenna Goodacre, Wendy Ross and Deryl McKissack. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Jan Buerger 202-497-1397.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Japanese American Service During World War Two
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Help us celebrate Asian History Month by joining us at the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War Two.  Location: Japanese American Memorial. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Star Spangled Banner, Uncle Sam and All That: the War of 1812
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
What do Uncle Sam, the burning of Washington, D.C., the flag, and forging a nation have in common? Discover this and more on this tour. Location: Washington Monument Lodge. Contact: Lowell Fry (202) 438-9603.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Early Days of Pennsylvania Avenue
Walking Tour, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol and learn how the Federal District was shaped from farms, woodlands, and the genius of Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant. Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Jason Barna (202) 606-8691.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

From Mud Flats to Memorials in 200 Years
Walking Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,
                         5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The land where our memorials now stand used to be mud flats.  The transformation over 200 years is filled with more “oops” than you would think. Location: Washington Monument bookstore. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

The Wall
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

We will recognize the sacrifice of our nations Vietnam Veterans while discussing aspects and symbolism of the memorial, battles, and veterans who are among the 58,272 names. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Contact: Victor  Pillow (202) 841-1774.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hello Federal Triangle, Farewell Murder Bay
Ranger Talk, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Federal Triangle was built in the 1930’s as the largest construction plan of its kind. Join a ranger to learn why this massive project took place on “America’s Main Street.” Location: Old Post Office Tower observation deck. Contact: Titus Early (202) 606-8691.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The War of 1812: A Forgotten War
Bike Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The War of 1812 was the second war between the United States and Great Britain. The 200th anniversary of this unfamiliar war is unmasked. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.


The Star Spangled Banner, Uncle Sam and All That: the War of 1812
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
What do Uncle Sam, the burning of Washington, DC, the flag, and forging a nation have in common? Discover this and more on this tour. Location: Washington Monument Lodge. Contact: Lowell Fry (202) 438-9603.

Long Live the Revolution
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a walking tour of the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. Location: Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

History of the Mall
Bike Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Could George Washington have imagined what his namesake has become?  From the beginning, the Federal City and the National Mall have been indivisible. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad (202) 438-3456.

Art at the Park – A City Beautiful
Bike Tour, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the most recent of the park’s pillars representing America’s contribution to the journey of the “arc of the moral universe.” Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Jan Buerger 202-497-1397.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

The Star Spangled Banner, Uncle Sam and All That: the War of 1812
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
What do Uncle Sam, the burning of Washington, DC, the flag, and forging a nation have in common? Discover this and more on this tour. Location: Washington Monument Lodge. Contact: Lowell Fry (202) 438-9603.

Victims of Communism
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us as we explore the history of Communism and its victims throughout the world. Location: Victims of Communism Memorial. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1862 Battles of the Civil War
Living History, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Visit with a ranger in Civil War period clothing to learn about the Civil War Battles in June of 1862 and their effect on the United States Civil War. Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Mike Rose (202) 438-9667.

Crossing the 38th Parallel
Ranger Talk-7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
On June 25, 1950 the North Korean Army invaded South Korea. For the United States it would be the first military test of the Cold War.  Location: Korean War Veterans Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What the Tower Saw: Gay Rights
Walking Tour, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Old Post Office Tower has witnessed many things, including different demonstrations and marches. Stroll along Pennsylvania Ave and focus on LGBTQ rights. Location: Old Post Office Tower- Ben Franklin statue. Contact: Julia Clebsch (202) 606-8691.

The Wall
Ranger Talk-6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
We will recognize the sacrifice of our nations Vietnam Veterans while discussing aspects and symbolism of the memorial, battles, and veterans who are among the 58,272 names. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Contact: Victor Pillow (202) 841-1774.

 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On This Day in History
Bike Tour-11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Some dates are easily remembered, while some events defy dating and seem to span lifetimes. Journey to other ages to bring the past to life. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

Memorial Tour
Bike Tour, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour the National Mall’s memorials by bike. Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Contact: Richard Ayad 202-438-3456.

The Star Spangled Banner, Uncle Sam and All That: the War of 1812
Ranger Talk, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
What do Uncle Sam, the burning of Washington, D.C., the flag, and forging a nation have in common? Discover this and more on this tour. Location: Washington Monument Lodge. Contact: Lowell Fry (202) 438-9603.

Long Live the Revolution
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for a walking tour of the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. Location: Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. Contact: Mike Balis 438-9710.

 

The Seven Days Battles
Walking Tour, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This walking tour explores the relationship and events of President Lincoln and General George B. McClellan especially during June 1862. Location: Lincoln Memorial. Contact: Paul O’Brian (202) 438-7066.

 

 

National Trails Day® (NTD)

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

“America’s Largest Trailgating Party!”

 

National Trails Day is the first Saturday of June. This year is the 20th annual National Trails Day!  Since, 1993, National Trails Day has inspired visitors to take part in activities that promote healthy living. Saturday, June 4, trail enthusiasts are encouraged to seek out to find walk, hike, bike or help care for Park Trails. Events include the dedication of new trails, new exhibits, hikes, horseback riding, bird watching, walks, workshops, trail maintenance, bike rides and much more. National Park Service suggests celebrating National Trails Day by volunteering! Find the event nearest you by clicking on your state at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm.

 

 

 

Stay tune for activities and events for Saturday, June 2nd.

 

 

 

 

“CONCERTS ON THE AVENUE”  

 

8:00 p.m., Tuesday evenings

U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 

June 12, 26

July 24, 31

August 14, 28

 

Navy Band Summer Concert Series – Each summer from June through August, the United States Navy Band proudly presents Concerts on the Avenue.  The concerts are presented on select Tuesday evenings at the United States Navy Memorial. Come out to the U.S. Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.  For further information call 202-737-2300.

 

 

NETHERLANDS CARILLON CONCERTS

6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays in June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA.

Saturday evenings in June guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For further information call 703-289-2500/2552or visit our web site for concert listings at www.nps.gov/gwmp.

 

FORT HUNT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

 

7:00 -8:00 p.m., Sundays, June 3 –August 26

 

Pavilion A - Fort Hunt, Alexandria, VA

 

The park is located approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria in Virginia along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Exit at the sign marked “Fort Hunt Road/Fort Hunt Park.”

 

Come out and relax under the stars at Fort Hunt Park to listen to the sounds of jazz, the rhythm of rock, or folk. Enjoy community bands at Fort Hunt Park. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Parking is available inside the park. For more information please call 703-289-2553. For the most up to date concert listing visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/fort-hunt.htm 

 

 

SUNSET PARADE AT THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL   

7:00 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5- August 14

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, VA

 

June (7 p.m. starts) 5, 12, 19, 26

July (7 p.n. start) 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

August (6:30 p.m.) 7, 14

A one hour performance, the Sunset Parade features the music of "The Commandant's Own", The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. There are no public parking spaces available at the Memorial grounds on Parade evenings. Guests may park at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors' Center for a small fee.  Marine Barracks provides a free shuttle bus service from the visitor center to the war memorial grounds from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the parade and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. following the parade or you can take the Metro to Arlington Cemetery (blue line). For additional information including cancellations, please call at 202-433-6060. An inclement weather call will be made at 6:45 p.m.



ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with evening events 5:30 -9 p.m., June 27-July1, and July 4-8

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service co-sponsors with the Smithsonian Institution, the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.  Find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, and living traditions.  The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a special annual event sponsored each June-July celebrating cultural traditions around the world. The Folklife Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of the 2012 program will be: Campus and Community, Creativity and Crisis and more coming soon. Campus and community is a program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the USDA.  Creativity and Crisis :Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt-This year 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and 30 years of life with AIDS.

Admission is FREE! Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather. Parking is extremely limited.  The National Park Service encourages all visitors to take METRO to and from the National Mall. This is an opportunity to learn and understand better cultural differences and similarities. Visitors For more information, please call 202-633-1000.

 

 

 

JULY

 

ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with evening events 5:30 -9 p.m., July 1, and July 4-8

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service co-sponsors with the Smithsonian Institution, the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.  Find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, and living traditions.  The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a special annual event sponsored each June-July celebrating cultural traditions around the world. The Folklife Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of the 2012 program will be: Campus and Community, Creativity and Crisis and more coming soon. Campus and community is a program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the USDA.  Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt-This year 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and 30 years of life with AIDS.  Admission is FREE! Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather. Parking is extremely limited.  The National Park Service encourages all visitors to take METRO to and from the National Mall. This is an opportunity to learn and understand better cultural differences and similarities. Visitors For more information, please call 202-633-1000.

 

 

 

NETHERLANDS CARILLON CONCERTS

6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays in July 4, 14, 21, 28

2:00-4:00 p.m.  July 4 - a special Sunday afternoon in honor of July 4th, Independence Day

On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA.

Saturday evenings in July guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For further information call 703-289-2500/2552 or visit our web site for concert listings at www.nps.gov/gwmp

 

Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

2012 Independence Celebration is the 236th Anniversary of this nation’s independence. The National Park Service offers a day full of fun and excitement!  Celebrate the 2012 annual Independence Day celebration of our nation’s founding, with the continuing traditions of activities for all ages. Events on the National Mall designed to highlight freedom and diversity include a parade, the Folklife Festival, and concerts, all taking place on and near national park land in the heart of the nation’s capital, on both sides of the Potomac River. The day concludes with the traditional National Park Service spectacular fireworks display near the Washington Monument grounds beginning at 9:10 p.m.   You don’t want to miss this National celebration!  FREE EVENT! For additional information, please call 202-619-7222. The day promises to be exciting and fun-filled!' FREE EVENT!!!!!!!!  Watch for updates.  EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED:

 

 

 

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10

Bethune Statue, Lincoln Park, located between 11th and 13th Street NE, Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service will commemorate the 136th birthday celebration of Mary McLeod Bethune at the Bethune Memorial Statue. The memorial is in Lincoln Park, located between 11th and 13th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. July 10th is the official birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune. This year's celebration marks the 38th anniversary of the wreath-laying ceremony and the erection of the Bethune Memorial on July 10, 1974. Those wishing to attend will gather in Lincoln Park at the 12-foot tall Bethune Statue. For additional information, please call the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site at (202) 673-2402.

 

 

ANNUAL WATERLILY AND LOTUS-ASIAN CULTURAL FESITVAL

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Ave. & Douglas Street NE, Washington, DC

Annual Water lily and Lotus-Asian Cultural Festival it’s that time of the year again!  Every 3rd Saturday of July, visitors are invited to enjoy more than 75 varieties of blooming lilies and lotus plants in a park setting that is of outstanding design and beauty. The event celebrates the peak blooming season of water lily varieties and lotus plants in the fresh water ponds that were created by Mr. W.B. Shaw in the 1920's along the Anacostia River.  Take part in a guided tour of the gardens, tour a greenhouse or take a stroll on the boardwalk over the wetlands to view waterfowl and other wildlife in their natural habitat.  For further information call 202-472-2873.

 

 

KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY

10:00 a.m., Friday, July 27

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

Korean War Armistice Day Ceremony This year marks the 62nd   Anniversary of the Korean War. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army-organized, equipped, and was abetted by the Soviet Union-lunged, to cross the 38th Parallel to subdue its countrymen to the south. This year also marks the 16th Anniversary of the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  This ceremony is observed on the same day and time the cease fire took effect in Korea.  A formal wreath-laying ceremony will take place with presentations by government and military personnel. Veterans and service organizations will attend.

 

 

AUGUST

 

 

 

HAPPY 96th BIRTHDAY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

1916-2012

On August 25, 2012 the National Park Service (NPS) will turn 96 years old,  on what is also known as Founders Day.  August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established.  Today, the National Park System comprises 397 areas. National Founders Day is celebrated in National Parks across the Nation.  The National Park Service was directed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Over the past 93 years the National Park System has evolved to include a great diversity of park units.

Visitors are invited to all National Parks on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 to help celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service.

In celebration of the National Park Service’s birthday, National Parks within the metropolitan area will play host too many interactive programs and events.  The National Park Service warmly welcomes all Americans and international visitors alike to visit at one of our national parks outside of your state and become amazed at what recreational experiences abound.  

 

NETHERLANDS CARILLON CONCERTS

6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays in August 4, 11, 18, 25

On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA.

Saturday evenings in August guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For further information call 703-289-2500/2552 or visit our web site for concert listings at www.nps.gov/gwmp

 

U.S. ARMY BAND “PERSHING OWN- "The 1812 OVERTURE"

 

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14

Washington Monument grounds, Sylvan Theatre, 15th and Constitution Ave. NW

 

“Pershing’s Own” is an ensemble of the U.S. Army Band. Each year The United States Army Band performs its big summer concert that concludes with the spirited Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812.” Come out and hear the cannons of the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” Presidential Salute Battery. This annual musical program features classical, popular, and patriotic music for audiences of all ages. For recorded information about upcoming concerts, please call 703-696-3399.  No tickets are required for this free performance.

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

NATIONAL SYMPHONY LABOR DAY CONCERT

 

Sunday, September 2

 

West lawn, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

 

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performs the last of three outdoor holiday concerts, sponsored by the National Park Service.   The concert is free no tickets are required.  In case of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2 to find out if the performance has been moved.

 

LABOR DAY CONCERT AT THE NAVY MEMORIAL

1:00 p.m., Monday, September3

U.S. Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 9th Street, Washington, DC

The United States Navy Concert Band performs an outdoor concert at the Navy Memorial. For information call 202-737-2300.

 

NETHERLANDS CARILLON CONCERTS

2:00-4:00 p.m., Monday, September 3

On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA.

On Labor Day guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II.  Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For further information call 703-289-2500/2552 or visit our web site for concert listings at www.nps.gov/gwmp

 

 

UNDER FIRE: THE BATTLE OF HARPERS FERRY 1862”

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., September 13-16

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV

 This event will chronicle the three day Battle of Harpers Ferry in September of 1862 that resulted in the largest surrender of U.S. troops during the American Civil War.  Park Rangers will conduct Living History programs and present many family activities for visitors through the three days.  Call 304-535-6063 for further information.

 

 

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15, 2012

 

In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

 

The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to help foster the general public's awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Hispanic culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of the celebration, you can visit www.nps.gov/history/hispanicheritage/index.html for a listing of National Parks that deal directly with the ingenuity, creativity, cultural, and political experiences of Hispanic Americans.  The National Park Service invites you to visit a national park or monument between September 15 and October 15 that recognizes and explores the achievements of a people that have contributed so much to American culture.

 

National Public Lands Day (NPLD)

Saturday, September 29, 2012 (Fee Free Day in National Parks_

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Last year volunteers built trails, bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, restored water resources and planted trees. Saturday, September29, volunteers are encouraged to help care for National Park. This event engages all volunteers to get outdoors and improve their lands, whether it is a national park or in their own neighborhood. National Park Service suggests celebrating NPLD by volunteering!

 

 

Watch for updates on activities and events for Saturday, September 29th. 

 

 

OCTOBER

COLUMBUS DAY OBSERVANCE

 

11 a.m., Monday, October 8

 

Columbus Plaza, Massachusetts Ave., NE, opposite Union Station, Washington, D.C.

 

This year celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Columbus Memorial Statue. The monumental statue was dedicated June 8, 1912. The National Columbus Celebration Association and the National Park Service invite you to participate in the Columbus Day wreath laying ceremony. The official national ceremony celebrates the achievements of the great explorer. Columbus Day is always celebrated the 2nd Monday in October. For information call 202-619-7222.

 

MARINE CORPS MARATHON

8:00 a.m., Sunday, October 28

Virginia and District of Columbia

Last Sunday in October, World class athletes compete with amateurs in one of the most well-known long distance runs. Race starts south of Arlington Memorial Drive on Route 110 in Arlington and ends at U.S. Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, VA. The race concludes at 4:00 p.m. Registration fee are required in advance, contact 1-800-786-8762 or 703-784-2225.

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

VETERANS DAY EVENTS

 

HONORING AMERICA’S VETERANS 

 

Veterans Day is November 11, 2011. While those who died are remembered on Veterans Day, let us also remember that Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. Veterans Day is to thank LIVING veterans for their service as well, to acknowledge that their contributions are appreciated.

To honor America’s service men and women, National Parks managed by the Department of the Interior will not charge entrance fees

Friday, November 11-13.

                                                                               

 

 

VETERANS DAY AT WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

Sunday, November 11

9:00 a.m.

World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington, D.C.

 

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will commemorate a Veterans Day Ceremony at the World War II Memorial with a public wreath-laying ceremony to honor our nation’s “Women of World War II.   This ceremony is open and free to the public and will take place rain or shine.

 

STORY TELLING AT THE VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL

Sunday, November 11

Vietnam Women's Memorial, 23rd and Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

 

This year marks the 30th storytelling at the memorial. The Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation will sponsor this celebration featuring the stories of those who served during the Vietnam era. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations in the world.   Storytellers will be featured every half-hour near the site of the Vietnam Women's Memorial throughout the day beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m., with a break for the ceremony at "The Wall" at 1:00 p.m.  The Vietnam Women’s Memorial was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site on November 11, 1993.  For further information call 1-866-822-8963 or visit www.VietnamWomensMemorial.org.  

 

 AMISTICE DAY AT ANTIETAM

 

Sunday, November 11

11:00 a.m.

Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD

 

There will be a special wreath laying ceremony in the Sharpsburg Town Square. This ceremony is in honor of the ending of World War I on the 11th day and the 11th hour. For further information call 301-432-5124.

 

 

VETERANS DAY AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Sunday, November 11

11:00 a.m.

Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

A patriotic ceremony honoring America’s military members and veterans is scheduled for Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a ceremony in the Memorial Amphitheater. Both ceremonies are free and open to the general public. No tickets are needed to attend this event. General public must choose between the two locations. For those interested in observing the wreath ceremony, space is limited to standing room only. Inside the amphitheater, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to the event.  At 8 a.m., the cemetery gates open and a free shuttle service will begin transporting people from the visitor center to the amphitheater. The cemetery’s visitor parking lot will be free until 1 p.m.  For further information call 703-607-8000.

 

 

VETERANS DAY AT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL

Sunday, November 11        

African American Civil War Memorial, Vermont Ave. & U Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

A wreath laying ceremony in honor of all veterans who served in the war. For further information call 202-667-2667.

 

VETERANS DAY AT VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

Sunday, November 11

1:00 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.

 

Veterans Day will be observed with speeches, speakers, color guard, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  The annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall is co-hosted by The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service to pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and America’s other conflicts, including Afghanistan and Iraq.  For further information call 202-619-7222. 

 

THE WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE FOR AMERICA MEMORIAL OBSERVES VERTERAN'S DAY

Sunday, November 11

3:00 p.m.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial, at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the memorial with formal military honors, keynote address and veteran's remarks. The annual Women’s Memorial Veterans Day ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information call 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155.  The Women in Military Service for America Memorial is the nation’s only major memorial honoring all servicewomen, past, and present.  Featuring an exhibit gallery, theatre, Register of women who have served and a gift shop, the Memorial is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

 [END OF VETERAN DAY EVENTS]

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 ANNUAL MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION AT ANTIETAM

6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1

Antietam National Battlefield, Visitor Center, Sharpsburg, MD

Antietam National Battlefield, in cooperation with the American Business Women's Association, will host the Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination in honor of those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. Volunteers place over 23,000 candles on the battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. In case of inclement weather, the illumination will be postponed to the following Saturday evening, December 8. For individuals or groups interested in volunteering to help place the candles, call 301-733-7373. For more information and directions please call 301-432-5124. 

 

 

 

PEARL HARBOR DAY AT WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

Friday, December 7

World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Independence and Constitution Avenues, Washington, D.C.

On Pearl Harbor Day, a ceremony co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will take place at that Memorial on the National Mall. The purpose of this event is to remember and honor all military veterans who have served their country during World War II.

 

 

 

LIGHTING OF THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6  

Ellipse, south of the White House, Washington, D.C.

The annual National Christmas Tree Program takes place each year on the Ellipse south of the White House grounds. Nationally known entertainers and a military Band add to the celebratory evening in which the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. The culmination of the evening is the illumination of the National Christmas Tree.

 

 

 

LINKS

For a complete listing of ranger-led programs/ special activities/ in our National Capital Region park sites visit:

Programs and activities vary throughout the year, with a variety of ranger programs. Programs are offered by rangers and at special events in coordination with Living History volunteers. For more information about these programs and activities, contact the park or visit the park website listed below.

http://www.nps.gov/anti/

http://www.nps.gov/cato/

http://www.nps.gov/choh/

http://www.nps.gov/foth/

http://www.nps.gov/glec

http://www.nps.gov/gree/

http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/

http://www.nps.gov/hafe/

http://www.johnbrownraid.org

http://www.nps.gov/mana/

http://www.nps.gov/mall/

http://www.nps.gov/mono/

http://www.nps.gov/nace/

http://www.nps.gov/oxhi/planyourvisit/events.htm

http://www.nps.gov/prwi/

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/

http://www.nps.gov/whho/

http://www.nps.gov/wotr/