Our favourite ways to spend summer in Washington, DC

Spending the summer in the Nation’s Capital with all of the sights to see, events, museums and memorials means endless items to fit in what is sometimes a limited itinerary. For some of our selections of things to do while in Washington, DC for the summer, read on. 

Library of Congress

A modern library of Alexandria, the Library of Congress is the official research Library of Congress, boasting over 167 million items between books and other formats of print, recording, photographs, maps, sheet music and countless unique items in over 450 languages. For an inspiring wealth of knowledge as one of the world’s largest libraries, visitors will want to come to the Library of Congress. Beyond its massive stores of information and texts in virtually every interest and field, the Library of Congress is also a rare opportunity for the public to personally see important documents such as the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Gettysburg Address, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Inaugural Addresses of Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln and the rare Huexotzinco Codex. To personally witness some of our nation’s most important documents and explore one of the largest collections of information, the Library of Congress is a worthwhile addition to any travel plans. 

National Mall

The National Mall is the centre of many important cultural, historic and government institutions, and is a great connecting point to so many of the landmarks and sights in Washington, DC. A walk down this same spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous ‘ I have a dream ‘ speech, where crowds have watched Presidents become inaugurated, where Pope John Paul II once celebrated mass with the nation’s citizens and leaders, and visitors will have passed by so many important landmarks. Some of the landmarks directly neighbouring or within close walking distance of the National Mall include the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the White House, the National Museum of the American Indian, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Institution. 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival occurs every July at the National Mall as one of the capital’s long-standing traditions of appreciation for cultures and expression all over the world. The theme changes with each year, but the scale of attendance and sentiments of exchange only grow. It is free to the public, keeping with the vision of the organisers for the public of the Capital and people of all backgrounds to learn about different groups from over the nation and the world. Events include artwork, live music and dancing performances, cooking demonstrations and tasting, storytelling and speeches told by members of communities from all over the world. 

Fourth of July in Washington, DC

Celebrating the Fourth of July among the institutions, memorials and people of Washington, DC is a truly unparalleled experience to be had, if you are in Washington, DC during America’s birthday. Enjoy Fourth of July festivities and fireworks over the skies of the capital on this day with friends and family in the heart of the American government. 

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