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June 17, 2016
2016 Independence Day Celebration
The National Park Service will once again host the annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall, the nation’s most important civic space and home to more than a dozen memorials that commemorate great Americans and significant events in our nation’s history.

May 10, 2016
National Park Service Seeks Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for National Capital Region Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington D.C. region through June 9, 2016. Comments are accepted online or by mail.

April 21, 2016
Tourism at national parks in the Greater Washington area generates almost $1.6 billion in economic benefit
A new National Park Service report for 2015 shows that the spending by more than 56 million visitors to national parks in the National Capital Region resulted in 16,917 jobs and contributed almost $1.6 billion to the region’s economy.

April 11, 2016
National Park Service and National Capital Planning Commission Launch Memorials for the Future Competition with Van Alen Institute
A competition to imagine flexible and interactive memorials for the 21st Century

March 17, 2016
Washington Monument to Receive Commemorative Plaque from Ireland
The Washington Monument will receive a commemorative plaque from the people of Ireland in recognition of the long and enduring relationship between Ireland and the United States, the National Park Service announced on Thursday.

February 19, 2016
"Flora of the National Parks" art exhibit celebrates NPS centennial at United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden and the National Park Service present "Flora of the National Parks," a new exhibit of artworks showcasing plant species and communities found throughout America's national parks.

February 15, 2016
David Rubenstein Donates $18.5 Million to Restore the Lincoln Memorial
The ideals and values of our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, will be honored and shared for generations to come thanks to an $18.5 million gift from businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

January 26, 2016
Fun Facts About Snow Removal at the National Mall
As the National Mall digs out from last week’s historic snowstorm, National Park Service crews are moving 8.25 million cubic feet of snow from the memorials, roads, parking lots and sidewalks, which is enough to fill the Washington Monument 18.4 times.

December 17, 2015
Visitor Cited for Illegal Drone Operation near Washington Monument
WASHINGTON – At 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16 the United States Park Police observed three individuals operating an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds.

September 28, 2015
Gay Vietzke Named Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks
Gay Vietzke, a national park manager with 23 years’ experience and expertise in public-private partnerships and historic preservation, will serve as the new superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks.

August 31, 2015
Work on Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to Begin After Labor Day
Approximately 30 feet of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be drained starting September 8 to allow for the removal and reconstruction of a small portion of the pool basin.

August 06, 2015
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and National Park Service Unveil "Items Left at the Wall - The Virtual Collection"
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service today unveiled Items Left at The Wall – a virtual collection of nearly 500 items left at The Wall that can now be seen at

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