Even though the United States Capitol is a hub of activity, always bustling with visitors from near and far, we locals don’t always look to our eponymous dome to just hang out and delight in the amazing community we have around us. Enter the first ever Capitol Hill Day, coming up this Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During this first-ever, one-of-a-kind event, you can enjoy tours of the Capitol grounds and learn more about the building’s history and past. There will also be demonstrations and other bits of fun planned for the day. If you get Capitol-ed out, you can also stop by the following participating neighbors: The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the United States Botanic Garden, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. For a detailed schedule of activities, visit www.visitthecapitol.gov
Will this event be a yearly thing? According to Laura Trivers, communications specialist for the Architect of the Capitol, ” This year we’ve done more public programming… We’re excited to try [Capitol Hill Day] out, and see what visitors think.”
If you go:
WHAT: The first-ever Capitol Hill Day!
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (weather permitting)
WHERE: Starting at the Capitol Visitor Center, East Capitol Street and First Street NE or possibly SE (you know, bottom level of the big white building)
WHY: NEIGHBORHOOD LOVE. Also, you may want to add some culture to your H Street Festival day because wow, the H Street Festival has gotten big.