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Gonna go back in time…
09/08/2021

Gonna go back in time…

You don't need 1.21 gigawatts or the power of love or even a date to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance to have a display or a demonstration on the National Mall. But you might need a permit.

The National Mall hosts more than 4,000 events each year ranging in size and setup for one to over half a million participants. Permits are generally required by regulation for activities that are organized, not considered part of the regular visitation or intended use of a site, or may interfere with normal park operations. Our permits management division issues permits and monitors for activities and events to ensure they occur safely and do not cause damage or limit the ability of other visitors to also use and enjoy these special places.

This week, our permits team is welcoming the DeLorean from "Back to the Future” to the Mall. Check it out today and tomorrow and learn more about National Mall permits at www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permitsandreservations.htm

08/25/2021

UPDATE: The necessary parts to repair the Washington Monument's electronic access system have arrived. Installation and testing will begin tomorrow and be completed as soon as possible.

08/20/2021

The Washington Monument will remain closed on Friday, August 20, as repairs from Sunday's lightning strike continue. If today's work goes as planned, we will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, August 21.

08/19/2021

The Washington Monument will remain closed on Thursday, August 19, as repairs from Sunday's lightning strike continue.

08/16/2021

The Washington Monument will be closed today (Monday, August 16, 2021) as we repair damage to the electronic access system caused by Sunday morning’s lightning strike.

Here's a fun activity! Build your own Washington Monument.
08/02/2021

Here's a fun activity! Build your own Washington Monument.

Want to make your very own Washington Monument?

The Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS of the National Park Service announces a fun activity for kids of all ages! (TBH, some of the younger kiddos might need a little adult guidance.)

Announcing the BUILD YOUR OWN WASHINGTON MONUMENT: A Print, Cut, Fold and Tape #JuniorRanger Activity!

ABOUT THE ACTIVITY
In 1994, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) produced measured drawings and large format photographs of the #WashingtonMonument. Now, you can download and print a scaled down version of the drawings - which were used by #architects and #engineers to repair damage to the iconic historic structure after the 2011 #earthquake - to build your very own Washington Monument.

DOWNLOAD THE FUN
Ready to get started? Get the directions and download the activity at https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/build-your-own-washington-monument.htm

SEE THE HABS DOCUMENTATION
View the HABS documentation of the #WashingtonMonument in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection - the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation - in The Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/dc0261/

LEARN ABOUT THE MONUMENT
Visit the Washington Monument webpage to learn more about the 555-foot marble #obelisk built to honor #GeorgeWashington at https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

GET MORE JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITES
Get scavenger hunts, word games, matching pictures, and more games on the "Junior Ranger Activity Guides" webpage at https://www.nps.gov/kids/online-activity-guides.htm

#HABSnps #HistoricPreservation #USPresidents #PreservationThroughDocumentation #NationalParks #KidsActivities #FunForKids #FunForAllAges #PreservationEducation

[Image of "Build Your Own Washington Monument" activity with instructions, template, and photograph of completed model.]

Let's recognize the beginning of George Washington's political career.
07/24/2021

Let's recognize the beginning of George Washington's political career.

The Washington Monument is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for everyone, regardless ...
07/14/2021

The Washington Monument is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, once inside the monument.

Tickets for the Washington Monument will be available online only at www.recreation.gov. There will be no tickets distributed on site. Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits (for example, if you are planning to visit on July 21, you can reserve tickets at recreation.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on July 20). Each ticket is good for up to four individuals in a group traveling together. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $1.00 per ticket. We hope to see you soon!

The Washington Monument is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, once inside the monument.

Tickets for the Washington Monument will be available online only at www.recreation.gov. There will be no tickets distributed on site. Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits (for example, if you are planning to visit on July 21, you can reserve tickets at recreation.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on July 20). Each ticket is good for up to four individuals in a group traveling together. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $1.00 per ticket. We hope to see you soon!

We're excited to welcome visitors back to the Washington Monument.
07/14/2021

We're excited to welcome visitors back to the Washington Monument.

The Washington Monument will reopen to the public this Wednesday, July 14!
07/12/2021

The Washington Monument will reopen to the public this Wednesday, July 14!

Big news! After a six-month closure, the Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. Visitors will be able to ride the elevator to the 500-foot observation deck for the best views of our nation's capital and to honor the memory of George Washington.

The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to visitors with advance tickets only. Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits (for example, if you are planning to visit on July 21, you can reserve tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on July 20). There will be no tickets distributed on site. Each ticket is good for up to four individuals in a group traveling together. Tickets are free, but there is a non-refundable reservation fee of $1.00 per ticket. Tickets will be available online at www.recreation.gov. Masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside the Washington Monument.

Learn more at https://go.nps.gov/MonumentOpen

Get ready for Independence Day weekend!
06/30/2021

Get ready for Independence Day weekend!

Are you excited for Independence Day? If you're coming to the National Mall this weekend, please check out our July 4th website: www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalmall4th

A few helpful tips:

Be prepared for warm weather with sunscreen and water.
Avoid attending if you show symptoms of any transmissible infectious disease.
Consider the impact of loud noises on any children and pets you bring.
Do not bring prohibited items.

We're looking forward to hosting the crowds, sharing history, and celebrating America. See you soon!

Photo by National Park Service.

Get ready for July 4th fireworks on the National Mall!
06/15/2021

Get ready for July 4th fireworks on the National Mall!

We're excited to announce that the National Mall will again host a thrilling fireworks display to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. The 17-minute display will be held on Sunday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m., launching from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. We'll see you there!

Learn more: www.nps.gov/nama/learn/news/fireworks2021.htm

That's not a space station, that's the moon over the Washington Monument.Happy Star Wars Day!
05/04/2021

That's not a space station, that's the moon over the Washington Monument.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you. Truthfully, you usually can't see too many stars from the National Mall and if you're looking for spaceships, our friends over at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution have got you covered. But there are a lot of connections to make on the Mall with technology, discovery, courage, and redemption. And if you like stories about fighting a rebellion against an empire, check out the Washington Monument. General George Washington won the Revolutionary War and managed to keep both his hands. Take that, Luke Skywalker.

Photo by National Park Service.

On this day in 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States.
04/30/2021

On this day in 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States.

Photos from National Mall and Memorial Parks's post
02/15/2021

Photos from National Mall and Memorial Parks's post

To protect staff and visitors from COVID-19, the Washington Monument is closed until further notice. The closure is cons...
01/23/2021

To protect staff and visitors from COVID-19, the Washington Monument is closed until further notice. The closure is consistent with local & federal guidance, including the CDC and was completed in consultation with the NPS Office of Public Health. More at https://t.co/mYU4nUse1W?amp=1

To protect staff and visitors from COVID-19, the Washington Monument is closed until further notice. The closure is consistent with local & federal guidance, including the CDC and was completed in consultation with the NPS Office of Public Health. More at https://t.co/mYU4nUse1W?amp=1

The Washington Monument will reopen to visitors on Monday, December 21. Tickets will be available at recreation.gov star...
12/18/2020

The Washington Monument will reopen to visitors on Monday, December 21. Tickets will be available at recreation.gov starting Sunday, December 20 at 10 a.m. For additional information about acquiring tickets, please visit https://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/fees.htm

The Washington Monument will reopen to visitors on Monday, December 21. Tickets will be available at recreation.gov starting Sunday, December 20 at 10 a.m. For additional information about acquiring tickets, please visit https://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/fees.htm

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and in coordination with the National Park Service O...
12/18/2020

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and in coordination with the National Park Service Office of Public Health, the Washington Monument is temporarily closed due to a reduction in its workforce resulting from a potential COVID-19 exposure. The NPS is working to staff the Washington Monument at the appropriate levels to maintain the safety of its operations for visitors and employees.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Photo of the Washington Monument by National Park Service.

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and in coordination with the National Park Service Office of Public Health, the Washington Monument is temporarily closed due to a reduction in its workforce resulting from a potential COVID-19 exposure. The NPS is working to staff the Washington Monument at the appropriate levels to maintain the safety of its operations for visitors and employees.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Photo of the Washington Monument by National Park Service.

After a six-month closure, the Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Thurs., Oct. 1, with a new set of safety...
09/28/2020

After a six-month closure, the Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Thurs., Oct. 1, with a new set of safety and cleaning procedures to keep staff and visitors safe from the spread of infectious diseases. Tickets will be available online at www.recreation.gov starting Sept. 30. More at go.nps.gov/WMopen.

08/03/2020

The flags around the base of the Washington Monument are to be taken down this afternoon ahead of the incoming tropical storm. The National Park Service will remove the flags from the poles to save them from tearing themselves and the pulleys that hold them to the flagpoles, apart in the expected 40-50 mph winds and heavy rain predicted. The flags will be put back up on Wednesday morning after the expected passing of the storm. The Washington Monument is the only site where the flags will be lowered as they are affected the most by wind, being in the open on a raised elevation.

In June of 1775, George Washington was in Philadelphia, PA to serve as a member of the Second Continental Congress.  Why...
06/20/2020

In June of 1775, George Washington was in Philadelphia, PA to serve as a member of the Second Continental Congress. Why were these Congresses consisting of representatives from the 13 American colonies meeting with each other?

One of the first jobs of the Second Continental Congress would have would be to find a commander to lead the American militia that was forming outside of Boston. Who would the Congress choose?

Someone who had experience leading troops during the French and Indian War. Someone from a Southern colony who would help to bring support from the Southern colonies. When George Washington began attending the meetings of the Second Continental Congress, he did so by wearing military uniform. June 1775, the job would be officially given to this man from Virginia 245 years ago.

George Washington has been memorialized in many ways across the United States. At Washington Circle NW in Washington, DC a statue of Washington appears sternly resolute in the face of British troops at the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey, while his horse shrinks back in terror.

Image credit: John DeFerrari

It is Thursday! For today's #ThrowbackThursday, the image below shows the Washington Monument surrounded by large grown ...
06/18/2020

It is Thursday! For today's #ThrowbackThursday, the image below shows the Washington Monument surrounded by large grown trees.

What year do you think this photograph was taken?

Hint: Washington Monument was completed in 1884.

On this day, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought across the Charles River from Boston, Massachusetts. This hard-f...
06/17/2020

On this day, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought across the Charles River from Boston, Massachusetts. This hard-fought clash was deemed a victory for the British, as they suffered significant casualties. This lifted the confidence of the unproven patriot militia. One of the early leaders of the American Revolution was Dr. Joseph Warren, political architect, respected community member, and founding member of the Sons of Liberty. He was killed in the waning moments of the battle. Though Warren is largely forgotten to history, it has been universally acknowledged that he would have played a prominent role in the war and the founding of the new nation, had he lived.

Warren is honored at the Washington Monument in a commemorative stone found at the 120-foot level. The stone was proudly donated by the town of Roxbury, MA, Warren’s birthplace. There are 193 commemorative stones that line the inside walls of the monument, all given from various organizations, countries, states, and other entities.

At Mount Vernon, George Washington himself selected an image of Warren’s death as one of two from the war to hang in his “New Room.” Though Washington was not at the Battle of Bunker Hill, it is believed that he chose this image for a few reasons. He wanted to be supportive of the artist, John Trumbull, who had served as a solider and an aide-de-camp to Washington. In addition, according to Mount Vernon, “it is likely that he (Washington) found the prints’ subject matter to be a powerful representation of the sacrifices made by those who fought in the American Revolution.”

Images: John Trumbull’s painting “The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill,” Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Warren commemorative stone, NPS

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston National Historical Park, George Washington's Mount Vernon

06/14/2020
Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Throughout the four-year American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln refused to remove any stars from the American flag as he led the fight to preserve the Union. As we celebrate Flag Day, this four-minute video offers a brief history of our “Stars and Stripes,” especially on the years of Lincoln’s presidency.

Throughout the four-year American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln refused to remove any stars from the American flag as he led the fight to preserve the Union. As we celebrate Flag Day, this four-minute video offers a brief history of our “Stars and Stripes,” especially on the years of Lincoln’s presidency.

Check out our page tomorrow to learn more about one of the flags that was in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on the night of the assassination.

#DYK that there are a few locations in the United States where the flag is flown 24 hours a day, by either presidential proclamation or by law?

These locations are:
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, the Lexington Town Green (part of Minute Man National Historical Park), President's Park (White House), United States customs ports of entry, The National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and the Washington Monument National Monument.

#HappyFlagDay

On this day, June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed the Committee of Five. The time had come for the c...
06/11/2020

On this day, June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed the Committee of Five. The time had come for the colonies to declare independence from the British Crown and the committee was asked to summarize the reasons.

The Committee of Five consisted of:
- Roger Sherman, Connecticut
- Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania
- Robert R. Livingston, New York
- John Adams, Massachusetts
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia

However, none of these illustrious statesmen actually wanted to write the document. Adams finally convinced Jefferson to take the lead through this logic: “Reason first, you are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second, I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third, you can write ten times better than I can.”

Although Congress and the committee made 86 changes to the original draft, including shortening the overall length by more than a quarter, Jefferson is credited as the author of one of the most important documents in history: the American Declaration of Independence.

NPS images from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial: inset is the Committee of Five bas-relief found within the pediment.

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