Photo Courtesy of Gaylord National Resort and Convention
Wake up the little ones and let them know that Christmas has come early to the Washington, DC area by way of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The Gaylord is hosting their annual Christmas on the Potomac event, loaded with activities for the kids and adults including a Gingerbread Decorating Corner, a carousel, The Elf on the Shelf© Scavenger Hunt, the Potomac Express Train rides, pictures with Santa Claus and much more, including their main attraction, ICE! READ MORE
Photo Courtesy of the National Building Museum (Washington, DC)
Landlocked Paris has its faux beaches along the Seine to keep locals and tourists cool during the summer. And this year, the National Building Museum has adopted a similar idea by giving Washington, DC, its first 10,000-square-foot indoor beach.
Located in the Great Hall, the beach — where it’s always 70 degrees, according to museum’s website — has white lounge chairs and umbrellas on its 50-foot-wide shoreline, an ocean of 700,000 white plastic balls, and a snack bar. In addition to attracting kids and tourists, the beach has become a regular lunch-break spot for nearby workers to soak in the fun ambience that the museum has created as part of its annual Summer Block Party.
Photo Courtesy of the National Building Museum (Washington, DC)
The beach closes Sept. 7, but until then, visitors can enjoy a dip in the ocean, read a book on the shore or play beach-related games such as paddleball. No sunscreen required.
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For the first time, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, aircraft used during World War II will fly over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Friday at 12:10 p.m. The planes will start their journey from the Culpeper and Manassas regional airports in Virginia, ultimately making their way along the Potomac River to the National Mall in DC, where the first formation will come together over the Lincoln Memorial.
Part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, the event will include more than 25 types of historic planes flying in formations that represent not just V-E Day but several significant milestones in World War II, including Pearl Harbor.
Can’t make it to DC this Friday? Not to worry! Watch the celebration online through a live webcast.
For more information on Friday’s event — and for details on how to see the aircraft up close on Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport — visit www.2flyover.org.
It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.
If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).
For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.
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April 15 will make it 150 years since President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. President Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making April 15, 2015, a Day of Remembrance for Lincoln. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you may want to buy tickets to the Crime Museum’s new Assassinations in the Capital tour.
So you don’t have a valentine this year … whomp, whomp. Don’t spend the weekend gorging on chocolate hearts and swiping right on a certain dating app. Instead, consider exploring your options in a different city this year. The best city for finding love, according to a new Zillow survey? Washington, DC. The survey used 4 main metrics: percentage of population that’s single, percentage of population that’s new to the city and single (hello, fresh options), date spots, and disposable income to pay for said date spots. The Washington Post does pose the obvious question: Could Washington be the best city for love because it’s the most loveless city? Hmm, let’s stay hopeful!
Bruce Springsteen (Photo Courtesy of Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images)
Thousands of people are expected to converge on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the Concert for Valor to honor veterans, active-duty service members and their families. The event — scheduled to start at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 11 — is free to the public. Concertgoers can snag a spot on the National Mall when it opens at 10 a.m. Televised live on HBO, the concert will feature big-name musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Grohl, Rihanna and the Black Keys.
An overhead view of the atrium in Rose’s Luxury. (Photo by Kathleen Rellihan)
Where’s the best new restaurant in America? The answer might surprise you. It’s not in New York or San Francisco, 2 cities that boast award-winning restaurants on every block and attract flocks of foodies on pilgrimages. In its annual list, Bon Appétit magazine recently named Rose’s Luxury, an eclectic restaurant in Washington, DC, that mixes Southern hospitality with playful dishes, the Best New Restaurant in America. In the past, Washington might have been more associated with power lunches than a powerful restaurant scene, but with the bragging rights it has earned now, it might inspire a few foodie pilgrimages of its own.
Photography By National Park Service
As Francis Scott Key watched the smoke clear and the sun rise above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after witnessing its bombardment by British naval ships during the final months of the War of 1812, he had every expectation of seeing a white flag of surrender. To his surprise, he saw the tattered, but still flying, remains of an oversized American flag that had been commissioned just months earlier by the fort’s commander Major George Armistead.
Key was so moved by the by sight of the flag and by the Americans’ protection of their fort that he penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” That poem, eventually set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” became the national anthem of the United States of America. READ MORE
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Dozens of locals and visitors — from as far as China — converged on Washington, DC, to be the first to take a tour of the newly-reopened Washington Monument. The National Park Service closed the 130-year-old monument for almost 3 years to make repairs after damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the East Coast on August 23, 2011. Since then, the historic site has been closed to the public.