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Washington DC Holidays & Events

Whether you want to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival by the Tidal Basin, the Fourth of July Celebration on the National Mall, the tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse or anything in between, this guide will provide resources where you can find all the necessary information you will need to take part in the fun. You will find parade and firework schedules; the best places to view specific festivities; and how to maneuver through the city once the celebration comes to a conclusion.
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December 2012 in Washington, D.C.
The holidays in Washington are something special. From the National Christmas Tree to ice sculptures made from 2 million pounds of ice.

Inauguration Galas and Balls 2013
Many of the state societies in Washington will hold black-tie Inauguration parties before and after President Obama's swearing in on January 21, 2013. Tickets are already being sold for some. This guide will give you all the fun and exciting details.

Thanksgiving Weekend 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Thanksgiving is all about family, food, and feeling thankful. If you’ll be in the nation’s capital for Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll have no shortage of fun things to do. You can see sharks get fed, hear a TV star sing Frank Sinatra tunes, watch the latest James Bond movie on an IMAX screen, and see a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Presidential Inauguration 2013
No matter who gets elected to the White House, witnessing the inaugural swearing-in ceremony is an honor. The next presidential inauguration is Jan. 21, 2013, where either Gov. Mitt Romney will stand on the podium for the first time or President Barack Obama gets sworn in for his second term. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about getting tickets or just being a spectator. You'll also learn about the actual ceremony.

July in Washington
There’s lots to do in Washington during July from fireworks to beer tastings at the National Zoo.

Earth Day 2012
Earth Day is April 22, 2012 and Washington has lots of fun activities planned to celebrate.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a special time in Washington. And 2012 is even more eventful because it’s the 100-year anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.

New Year's Eve 2011
New Year's Eve 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services at Washington's Iconic Churches
If you’ll be in the nation’s capital for Christmas 2010, why not come to one of the city’s iconic churches for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service? Here are five of the most historic churches and the Christmas services they offer.

Washington During December
Washington is a great place to spend the Winter holidays. See what to do during the month.

What To Do Over Easter Weekend in Washington DC
What to do over Easter weekend in Washington, DC

Stuff To Do In April In DC
April is one of the best months to see D.C. The crowds have not yet made their way here but there's still a lot to do. The Cherry Blossoms are still in bloom at the beginning of the month and other types of blossoms are making their entrance.

Valentine's Day in Washington
Despite being a place where some serious work takes place, Washington can be a pretty romantic city. If you happen to be in the nation’s capital for Valentine’s Day 2011, consider some of these options for a romantic weekend.

July 4th in Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital is one of the best places to celebrate Independence Day. Between July 4th fireworks and a patriotic parade, visitors will not be bored.

Black History Month in Washington, DC
Washington, DC has many events planned to celebrate Black History Month. Check out this list of fun things to do during the month.

Cherry Blossom Festival Events for 2011
The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be in Washington, D.C. March 26 through April 10, 2011. Festivities include everything from fireworks and a parade to unique cuisine and a dinner cruise. Here's a list of some of the planned activities so far.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
The Washington region has several events planned to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Dr.

Best New Year’s Eve events for Washington visitors
Nearly every entertainment venue in Washington will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2011. Here’s a rundown of what might be some of the best events for visitors celebrating New Year Eve in D.C.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2010 Cherry Themed Foods
The Cherry Blossom Festival 2010 in Washington, DC extends to the local restaurants with cherry inspired food and drinks. Find out what restaurnts are offering cherry picks during DC's Cherry Blossom Festival.

Valentine's Day Romance in Washington, DC
Valentine's Day Romance in Washington, DC. Find unique ways to celebrate your Valentine with custom decorated cupcakes, Woo at the Zoo, and luxury hotel get aways. Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14, 2010.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Events in Washington, DC
Find birthday events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Washington, DC. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2010 at events taking place at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial and the National Museum of American History.

National Cathedral Creche Exhibition
The National Cathedral’s annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world opens on November 23, 2009 and runs through the Epiphany on January 6, 2010. See Christmas nativity sets with the whole family.

Holiday Theatre in Washington, DC
December in Washington, DC is filled with plenty of theatrical productions, holiday shows, ballet and music to put the whole family in the holiday spirit.

Haunted Houses in Washington, DC
The Most Haunted Houses in Washington, DC is a popular walk for visitors, especially during the Halloween season. Find out about some of DC's most haunted sights.

National Building Museum Ghost Tours
The National Building Museum Ghost Tours are a great way to learn about one of DC's favorite museums and the ghosts who haunt it and call it home. Take a ghost led tour in October or November.

Old Town Alexandria Wine and Food Festival
Old Town Alexandria Wine and Food Festival is part of Virginia's Annual Wine Month celebration. This wine and food festival takes place October, 9, 10 and 11, 2009 and provides visitors and opportunity to sample local wines.

Easter Services in Washington, DC
Easter services in and around the District, sunrise services at Arlington National Cemetery, and Easter services at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC are some of the most popular church services.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
The Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour takes place from Oct. 2-4, 2009. Tickets are $30 and allows you to sample wines from 17 Virginia wineries.

Free Summer Concerts - The United States Air Force Band
Free summer concerts in Washington, DC happen just about every day of the week. The United States Air Force Band plays Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of August.

Brew at the Zoo-The National Zoo in Washington, DC
Brew at the Zoo in Washington, DC is an annual event that will take place on August 23, 2009 at the National Zoo. Find out how to get tickets, what to wear and what to expect.

Fourth of July Tips for Celebrating on the National Mall in DC
If you are partying in Washington, DC on the Fourth of July 2009, the following information will help you plan what to bring, what to wear, when to head down to the National Mall and what to expect.

Fourth of July Fireworks—The Best Places to View The Fireworks in ...
Fourth of July. Top Places to See Fireworks · Fourth of July Tips · Celebrating on the National Mall.

Where to Brunch with Mom on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC
Mother's Day brunch in Washington, DC is a special experience. On May 10, 2009 DC restaurants have prepared brunch menus to honor mom. Check-out five of the best Washington, DC brunches for Mother's Day.

The Fourth of July in Washington, DC
The Fourth of July in Washington, DC is America's biggest birthday bash. Learn about firework displays, a PBS concert, a parade and all the fun that will be surrounding Independence Day in DC.

Potomac Bonsai Festival at the National Arboretum
The 2009 Potomac Bonsai Festival at the National Arboretum on May 1,2 &3, 2009 offers exhibits, vendors, demonstrations, and free and fee-based lectures and workshops.

Cherry Blossom Festival: Cherry Picked Culinary Creations
It’s not too late to enjoy what’s left of the cherry blossom festival and the culinary craze that it has created for chefs in Washington, DC. From Cafe Mozu to Urbana, there is no shortage of cherry themed food.

Tidal Basin Performances for the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2009
Tidal Basin Performances for the National Cherry Blossom Festival take place daily at the Jefferson Memorial. These are free events that the whole family can enjoy.

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival Lantern Lighting Ceremony
The formal lantern-lighting ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Tidal Basin (Independence Ave and 17th St., SW).

Cherry Blossom Madness in Washington, DC: Cherry Picks to Delight the Senses
The Cherry Blossom Festival 2009 in Washington, DC has yet to start, but the whole city is abuzz about the blossoms that have started to bloom. All around the District, businesses are offering cherry creations and packages to celebrate these majestic pink flowers.

2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
The 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. until noon. The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW, and will be featured in a live simulcast on ABC 7/WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8.

Fish Dinners: Where to Eat On Fridays in DC During Lent
It's Lent and Fish Fry Fridays means visitors may be wondering about dining options come meatless Friday. Check-out some of the best seafood restaurants that will sasitsfy the whole friendly.

Cherry Blossom Festival Events: Sakura Matsuri -- Japanese Street Festival
This year marks the 49th Japanese Street Festival in Washington, DC. It will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The motto of the festival is all things Japanese.

Celebrate George Washington at the Spy Museum
President's Day in Washington, DC offers visitors an exciting glimpse into history. Take George Washington. George Washington was more than the father of our country. He was a spy and visitors can learn more about Washington at the International Spy Museum.

George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria
The George Washington Birthday Parade is held on Monday, February 16, 2009 in Old Town Alexandria. This annual event is part of the Presidents Day celebration. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and will run throughout the streets of Old Town Alexandria.

Celebrate Lincoln's Bicentennial at the Newseum
Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial birthday at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Famiy friendly activities and historical re-enactments will make this a memorable day.

The Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Washington, DC
The Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, presented by Toyota, is the largest motorcycle show series in the world and will make 13 stops within the U.S., including here in Washington, DC.

Nativity Scenes in Washington, DC
Throughout the world, people set-up crèches at Christmas time—on the front lawn, under trees and on fireplace mantels. This beautiful tradition can even be found in Washington, DC at the National Cathedral and the John Paul II Cultural Center.

Veteran's Day in Washington, DC: Honoring America's Heroes
War veterans are honored at various war memorials throughout Washington, DC.

ZooLights at the National Zoo in Washington, DC
The National Zoo's winter celebration known as ZooLights is fun for the whole family. This holiday event is a festival of lights that children and adults of all ages will enjoy.

The National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo Family Halloween Party
Boo at the Zoo is the wildest Halloween party in Washington, DC for kids two to twelve years old and their parents. Come check-out the fun because this is one Halloween party you won't want to miss.

June Festivals in DC
June is filled with fun summer festivals that visitors to Washington, DC won't want to miss.

Memorial Day in Washington, DC
Memorial Day parades and wreath ceremonies are all part of the wonderful tradition to honor the United States men and women in the Armed Forces.

Parades in Washington DC
Washington, DC really knows how to throw a parade and whether you are visiting during February or July, there will most likely be a parade to go and see.

How to Register for the Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the best races in town and happens every fall. To learn how to register for this annual race check out this page.

White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House Easter Egg Roll is the most attended public event at the White House and fun for kids of all ages, especially the younger children. Come see the Easter Bunny and participate in the festivities.

St. Patrick's Day in Washington, DC
Washington, DC really knows how to celebrate St. Paddy's Day with parades and the city's Shamrock Fest. If you are looking for good Irish fun, look no further.

Presidents' Day in Washington, DC
Celebrate Presidents' Day in Washington, DC where American leaders are feted with parades, historic readings, and fun activities that the whole family with enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Romance in Washington, DC
You don't have to go half way around the world to finance romance. Washington, DC is filled with get aways and venues that will set the tone for Valentine's Day.

March for Life in Washington, DC
The March for Life is an annual rally on Capitol Hill where pro-lifers peacefully gather to protest the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade. Find out information about times, dates and other pro-life events on this day.

Calendar of Major Annual Events in Washington, DC
This link will help you plan to attend some of the city's most popular annual events. From viewing the cherry blossoms to attending the Fourth of July celebration on the lawn, this calendar will assist you with your planning.

Annual Parades in the Washington, DC Area
Everyone loves a parade, or so they saying goes, and Washington, DC knows how to throw one. This link will provide you a comprehenisve list of the annual parades the District holds so that you can plan to attend the celebration.

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