Washington D.C. Special Events

White House Easter Egg Roll
If there's one event that defines family fun, it's the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of families descend upon the South Lawn at the White House to watch children 13 and under play the game of rolling Easter Eggs down the South Lawn. In addition to the Egg Roll, families enjoy live music, sports courts, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, and the traditional visit of the Easter Bunny.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
You know it's Springtime in Washington, D.C., when the cherry trees reveal their beautiful pink and white blossoms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated for two weeks throughout the city with many activities to choose from, such as sporting events, exhibits, arts, food, and live performances. An added bonus is The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. A picture-perfect moment is a stop at the Tidal Basin where the cherry trees beautify the area near the Jefferson Memorial. This is truly a visitor's delight.

Folklife and Culture Heritage
The Smithsonian sponsors its Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage every June and July. During this time of celebrating cultures and cultural traditions from around the world, the National Mall is filled with singing, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling and cooking demonstrations. The event attracts thousands of visitors from around the nation and the world.

Independence Day
What better way to mark the nation's Independence Day than to attend the 4th of July Fireworks in Washington D.C. The daylong event starts with thousands of spectators viewing the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue. From there, visitors go to the many activities scheduled around town, then return to the National Mall. Before the main event, a concert is held that is televised and features nationally known musicians and celebrities. There are also performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, and other military musical organizations. The day ends with the spectacular nighttime fireworks that are set off from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

National Christmas Tree
The Lighting of the National Christmas Tree officially kicks off the three-week Christmas season in Washington D.C. Each year, a large evergreen tree is transplanted on the Ellipse, near the White House, and trimmed with decorations sent from each of the 50 states. The nationally televised event features live entertainment from celebrities and musicians. In addition to the official National Christmas Tree, the nearby "Pathway of Peace" features smaller trees representing each state and territory.