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Washington DC is a beautiful place with a lot of beautiful people in its community. Our mission is to give parents, teachers, researchers, and visitors some ideas what to see in our nation's capital and surrounding area. There are over 12,000 photographs in our collection for you to explore.

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Ocean City Maryland

With more than ten miles of broad Atlantic beach, vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland has endless diversions that appeal to all: sand, waves, people watching, snoozing, beach combing, and more! Most people hang out at the beach during the day and stroll along the boardwalk during the evening. All along Ocean City's real wood plank boardwalk you will find plenty souvenir, beach, and sundry shops. Also, there are rides, arcades, games of chance, and food of all kinds. The fishing in Ocean City is great year around! Ocean City has some spectacular festivals throughout the summer, including an explosion of fireworks and activities for the Fourth of July and the ever-popular Sunfest to close out the summer. Ocean City is truly a getaway geared towards the whole family.

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40th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian's Folklife Festival kicks off on the National Mall Friday for its 40th year.

This year's evening concert series is titled "Been in the Storm So Long," and features African American musical traditions from the region devastated last year by Hurricane Katrina.

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A Capitol Fourth

Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th! Independence Day celebrations in the nation's capital start with a morning parade along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street, NW Washington, DC. The Parade includes bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP's. In the evening, enjoy one of America's largest fireworks displays over the reflecting pool on the National Mall while listening to a PBS Concert of the National Symphony Orchestra.

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2009 Fourth of July Fireworks - Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland

This year instead of the fireworks being set off at Richard Montgomery high school in downtown Rockville, Maryland, they were located at Montgomery (County, Maryland) College's (MC as it’s known to the locals; aka “The Harvard on the Pike.” For the 2009 Fourth of July Celebration, the entertainment lineup was the band Redline at 7 p.m. on the campus stage, the Fugitive Brass Quintet at 7 p.m., and the Rockville Concert Band at 8 p.m. Both the Fugitive Brass Quintet and the Rockville Concert Band will be performing at the football stadium stage. At 8:45 p.m. Mayor Hoffmann and the City Council welcome the crowd and kick-off Rockville's Census 2010 outreach efforts.

The exact number of people who attended is unknown, but this years’ fireworks drew a crowd at least twice as large as previous years, mostly due to the better...

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Washington DC Fireworks

An estimated half a million people overcame the elements and gathered in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 230th anniversary of America's independence. Pyro Shows, Incorporated of LaFollete, Tenn. was contracted by the National Park service to launch 33 tons of fireworks above the Washington Monument. The 20 minute show went on without a hitch. Spectators were dazzled by a myriad of spectacular fireworks effects that painted the sky, red, white, and blue. Cheers and applauses went on long after the show.

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Cherry Blossom Flower Update

This gallery monitors the bloomming period of the Yoshino cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The planting of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Japan. In Japan the flowering cherry tree or "Sakura," as it is called by the Japanese people, is one of the most exalted flowering plants. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformations Japanese Culture has undergone through the ages. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions.

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Cherry Blossom in Washington DC Peak Bloom

West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin with its flowering Japanese cherry blossom trees are under the care of the National Park Service. A horticulturist by the name of Robert DeFeo is the Park Service's cherry blossom expert and according to Mr. DeFeo peak bloom time (or peak bloom period) is defined as when 70 percent or more of Cherry trees are in full bloom. This is also the time which attracts tourists (both local and worldwide) to take pictures of cherry blossom trees so they can say they were a part of the DC cherry blossom experience.

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Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Every year a 350-year-old stone lantern is lit in the Thomas Jefferson Tidal Basin. This formal ceremony commemorates the 1912 gift to Washington D.C. of 3000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. The event includes traditional Japanese performers, Washington dignitaries and the 70 Cherry Blossom princesses representing states, territories, and embassies. The lighting ceremony is held at the site of the first two cherry trees planted by Mrs. William Howard Taft and Viscountess Chinda in 1912. The Lantern ceremony is don't miss! Special thanks to Mark Rhoads of the National Conference of State Societies for his help with this gallery.

Location : Tidal Basin at Independence Ave. and 17 th St., SW.

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Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura)

For 91 years, people from all over the world have gathered in Washington to welcome the arrival of spring and to share the special season with each other. The splendid cherry trees, the focal point of the Festival, are constant reminders of the strong and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.



Laura Bush

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is located on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. It is adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial and creates a "line of leadership," as it is placed in a straight line with the Lincoln Memorial (where Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech) and the Jefferson Memorial. The Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King's likeness emerges, gazes upon the Tidal Basin toward the horizon. The memorial is not only a tribute to Dr. King, it is also meant to be a symbol of a future society encompassing justice and equality. The memorial will also features an Inscription Wall with fourteen of Dr. King's most influential quotes, engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall. Address: 1964 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024.

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