Loews Madison Hotel

Washington, D.C.,

Annual Events

Special Washington, D.C. Events

Exciting Washington, D.C. annual events include the White House Easter Egg Roll, the 4th of July celebration, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and much more. We think The National Cherry Blossom Festival is magical and if you're here in the spring, it's a must-see. There is, of course, no better place to honor our nation’s troops and their sacrifices than right here in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (Late March/Early April)

See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on Washington's Tidal Basin during this historic event. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition which began with the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Mark your calendar for the upcoming spring dates and plan to participate in the parade, kite festival, concerts, fireworks and cultural events.

White House Easter Egg Roll (April)

On Easter Monday, kids of all ages race and hunt for Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn. Enjoy a morning of storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Free tickets are usually distributed via an online lottery system on the Saturday before and early on Monday morning.

Memorial Day (May)

Special events for Memorial Day include wreath-laying ceremonies at several monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., a free National Symphony Orchestra concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol and a Memorial Day parade along Independence Avenue.

The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival (Late June/Early July)

Every summer, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage sponsors this annual festival on the National Mall which celebrates cultural traditions around the world. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues.  

Fourth of July (July)

Washington, D.C. is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th. Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s capital start with a morning parade, concerts on the National Mall and the West Lawn of the Capitol and a huge fireworks display on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The National Christmas Tree and Pageant of Peace (December/January)

Each holiday season, the White House Ellipse is surrounded by a path of decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. The President traditionally lights the tree at a holiday program and musical groups perform each night until New Year's Day.

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