The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a parade, a star-studded concert, and, of course, a fireworks show highlight the National Park Service’s annual celebration of Independence Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind that some of the memorials and a number of roads will be closed due to the festivities.
National Mall and Memorial Parks
The final draft of the National Mall Historic District nomination for the National Register of Historic Places is now available for public review. The National Register is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, and the National Mall nomination provides basic information about the physical appearance and the significance embodied in the 110 historic buildings, structures, and sites located within the district.
Every year millions of people visit America’s emotional and political center, the District of Columbia. It’s here that the relics of liberty are housed, along with the center of government. A walking tour of the National Mall and Memorial Parks must be on your list when you’re visiting.
The National Park Service will offer a number of special programs and services during the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, including festival-related lantern walks, ranger talks, and tours around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. National Park Service festival events will be held through April 3 and are free of charge.
Things still could change, but as of today the cherry blossoms on the National Mall are expected to reach their peak performance between March 18-23, according to the National Park Service.
An institute being formed at Duke University in North Carolina hopes to improve the health of the National Park System through research, education, and public outreach.
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. And the weight of that snow is 1.6 times heavier than the entire Lincoln Memorial.
Cleaning up after the historic snowstorm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the Mid-Atlantic states was expected to keep a handful of National Park System units closed on Tuesday.
As Winter Storm Jonas delivered a pounding to the Northeast on Saturday, national park units in the mid-Atlantic region were shuttered and some planned to remain closed through Sunday.
National Park System units from Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., were shutting down Friday in advance of a massive snowstorm predicted to dump upwards of 2 feet of snow on some parts of the East.