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Top 5 December Activities in DC

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1. We cannot believe it's actually December!

2. How on earth did our 2014 season fly by so quickly?
3. Don't even get me started about 2015...
and 4. Here's our list for the Top 5 December events in DC!

National Christmas Tree Lighting 
Coming to you live tonight (12/4) at 5:00PM! The 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on the White House Ellipse, and will feature special guests including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Patti LaBelle. (Cue O Tannenbuam, O Tannenbaum!)

ZooLights at the National Zoo
Running through January 1st (5-9PM daily), ZooLights features elaborate light displays throughout the National Zoo, live musical performances, winter treats, and holiday shopping! The perfect holiday tradition for the whole family.

Downtown DC Holiday Market
The 10th annual DC Holiday Market returns! This holiday "village" is situated in downtown DC at 8th and F Streets and hosts over 150 regional artisans, crafters, and boutique businesses that will offer a wide array of holiday goodies for anyone on your nice list.

National Menorah Lighting
The spectacular lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah will take place on December 16th at 4:00PM. The ceremony will offer live performances, menorah kits and dreidels, and even hot latkes!

New Year's Eve in DC
Ring in 2015 in true DC style! From midnight cruises, to first night events, to fireworks, there certainly is no shortage of things to do in the DMV area to celebrate the end of 2014!

 

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Aladdin the Christmas Camel Arrives at Mount Vernon

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If any of you follow Bike and Roll here (or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), you may have noticed we have a special affinity for a certain plush ungulate... yes, we're talking about Aladdin the Camel!

But did you happen to know that our social media mascot is a fuzzy replica (shhh, don't tell him that!) of the real deal? We kid you not! There is a REAL camel... named Aladdin... who visits Mount Vernon every year for Christmas! (And, did we mention he is an especially friendly camel with a fondness for smooching his visitors?)

The real deal, Monsieur Aladdin himself (he even has a Facebook!), will arrive at Mount Vernon estate this year on November 28th.

Be sure to visit him during the special Christmas at Mount Vernon program this year, and keep up with our special mini-Aladdin too!

 

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Events in DC

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What's the best thing to wear to Thanksgiving dinner?
A Har-VEST! (Get it?)

Well, now that that's out of our system, we are so excited to share with you our top 5 favorite Thanksgiving events taking place in the District! From turkey trots to turkey pardons, this list is sure to please everyone in town.

Turkey Trots
There are many turkey trots in the DMV area one can participate in (or watch from the sidelines!). But perhaps the most famous is the Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger sponsored by SOME. This 5k fun run begins at Freedom Plaza in DC and helps to raise money to feed the city's homeless.

Presidential Turkey Pardon
Who doesn't love a good turkey pardon? A White House tradition, this formal pardoning spares one (or two!) lucky gobblers from ending up on the Thanskgiving dinner menu. After being pampered and pardoned, the turkeys were sent to live out the remainder of their days at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA in 2013.

Thanksgiving Dinner at a DC Restaurant
Why spend all day slaving over a hot stove when you can simply pop into one of DC's fantastic restaurants to be served a fancy Thanksgiving dinner? A great alternative to the traditional at-home meal, many restaurants pull out all the stops for their Thanksgiving menus- just take a peek at what Art and Soul, 1789, Old Ebbitt Grill, and Blue Duck Tavern are offering.

Small Business Saturday
After the chaos that is Black Friday, take to your local merchants the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate small businesses! Stop by Georgetown to see their "Main Street Makeover" or check out the long list of participating businesses and neighborhoods here.

Tour the Capital with Bike and Roll
Get the kids out of the house and onto some bikes! Kick off the holiday season right with a bicycle tour of Washington. Bike and Roll will be open Friday-Sunday Thanksgiving weekend, and we still have a few spots available on our Monuments bike tours!

 

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Buy a Bike

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Still not sold on investing in a two-wheeled adventure? Well, we think we might be able to change your mind.

And lucky for you, we'll be selling top of the line Trek Verve 3 adult comfort hybrid bikes THIS Sunday from 11am-3pm at our National Mall Location in L'Enfant Plaza. (Did we mention they're being sold at awesomely discounted prices?)

1. A bike costs less than driving and public transportation
Buy a bike once, use it in place of your car or the metro, and boom- instant savings! That's right, it doesn't need any gas or fares to get you where you need to be. And the cherry on top: a high-quality bike will probably outlast that automobile of yours anyhow!

2. Your new bike will be environmentally friendly
How's that for a clean (green) conscience? Not only does riding a bike save our environment from more pollution, but bicycles also have a teeny tiny manufacturing footprint when compared to cars, buses, and subways. What a simple way to help the planet!

3. You beat traffic and parking spot hunts
How many times have you been late because of traffic or the proverbial hunt for the only available parking space in a 5 mile radius? We thought so. With a bike, you control when you arrive at your destination, and you save loads of time due to that whole "lock it pretty much anywhere" thing...

4. You'll lose weight and improve your health
Without even changing your diet, swapping your current motorized commute for a bicycle will do a whole lot for your health (and waistline!). In fact, most bike commuters report losing up to 20 pounds their first year of cycling (in addition to the obvious aerobic and stress-zapping benefits).

5. You'll have a lot of fun
This is probably our favorite point of all because we see this day in and day out with every one of our tours and rentals. The fact is, riding a bike is really, really fun. Simple, but true! So, why not add some joy to your days and years to your life by incorporating a bicycle into your weekly routine? We thought you'd agree!

 

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Top 5 Halloween Events in DC

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Boo! Here's our creepy little roundup of what you should be doing this All Hallow's Eve in our nation's capital!

Trick or Treating at the Embassies
A DC-centric event, Halloween at the embassies is a fairly epic way to spend your day! Open from 1pm-4pm this Friday, a plethora of different countries will allow you into their embassy for some good ole' fashioned Halloween fun.

The Hamilton's "We'll Scare the Funk Outta You" Halloween Bash
Doors open at 7pm on Halloween night for this costumed bash. There are prizes to be won, dancing to be done, and funk music to enjoy! Get your tickets today.

Fright at the Museum
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment will be running their Fright at the Museum special through Saturday, November 1. Meander through crime scenes as your celebrate the spookiest night of the year!

Fear at the Freer!
What's better than spending Halloween night watching a horror flick? Not much! This event at the Freer Gallery of Art will feature creepy artifacts and Japanese food, all in preparation for the main event: a screening of Ring (Ringu) at 7pm.

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon
Join a cast of historic characters as you trick or treat at the first President's estate! Starting at 3:30pm on October 31, Mount Vernon will be putting on a night of pure Halloween excitement! Scavenger hunts, a costume parade, and arts and crafts make this event perfect for the whole family.

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Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Discount

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It's that time of year again!

The Marine Corps Marathon (or "MCM") is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and has been a true blue DC staple since 1976.

Bike and Roll DC would like to celebrate the marathon's participants and viewers by offering a special $5 off discount with code "MCM" for runners or attendees to enjoy one of our guided tours or full day rentals from 10/23 - 10/27. Renting a bike is the perfect way for viewers to keep up with their runners, and a tour is a great pre-marathon (and non-strenuous) activity too!

So keep those sneakers on and head over to Bike and Roll this weekend for some cross-training!

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Bike Sale Sunday, November 9th!

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It's that time of year again... Yes, that's right- time for a Bike and Roll DC fleet sale!

Mark your calendars, folks! On November 9th, from 11am-3pm, we'll be selling our lovely 2013 Trek Verve 3 Adult Comfort Hybrid special edition bikes in a wide variety of sizes to fit your cycling needs.

Lock and light sets will be on sale with purchase of any bike. Get ready to trade in your crummy commute for a two-wheeled adventure!

As always, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared (and excited to go home with a bicycle!). The sale will be held at our National Mall location in L'Enfant Plaza.

See you all on November 9th!

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Top 5 October Events in DC

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Thirty days past September...

Can you believe it's almost October!? (We couldn't either!) We're certainly ready to celebrate though! Here's our list of the top 5 things to do in DC this October.

Fall Festivals
No October list is complete without a few mentions of pumpkin patches and good ole fashioned hay bale rides! Check out the variety of fun for the whole family pumpkin festivals in the DMV area this October.

Southwest DC Arts Festival 
The quadrant that houses our new National Mall location will be throwing a weekend-long festival to celebrate the arts October 3-5. Meander around the Southwest Waterfront as you enjoy a market, musical performances, film screenings, walking tours, and more!

Taste of DC
From October 11-12, taste samples from over 80 of the best DC restaurants during this food festival. Be sure to visit the special farm-to-fork zone for some seriously local chow.

Columbus Day Weekend
Three day weekends are always a reason to celebrate, but this year you can take advantage of the extra time-off by exploring your own city! Play tourist for a day with a Bike and Roll (or Smithsonian National Mall Tours) bike or Segway tour. You won't regret it!

Halloween in DC
So little time, so much to do! Late October is chock full of Halloween-related events in DC. From Fright nights, to haunted houses, to costume parties, to Drag Queen races, the District is certainly not short on All Hallows Eve activities.

 

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Go Car Free on Monday, September 22!

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"Put it away. Uncar for a day."

Yep- you heard us! Go without a car this Monday, September 22 in honor of Car Free Day!

Car Free Day is an internationally recognized event that encourages everyone to get around without the use of their cars for one day! Instead of driving, try taking the train, bus, biking, skateboarding, walking, jumping, skipping or, a carpool! Not too bad, right?

Join the movement held in over 1,500 cities (40 countries!) and pledge to be car free (or car-lite) this Monday here. You can also check out the myriad of activities and events going on in the DMV area around Car Free Day to celebrate.

Need a bike for the day? We can help with that too! Use code "CarFree" for $5 off your full day bike rental on 9/22.

 

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Top 5 Events this Month in DC

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Labor Day came and went with a bang, and now it's time for us to celebrate what the rest of this glorious month has to offer!

DC Shorts Film Festival
Held from September 11-21, this film festival features a variety of short films, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

September 11 Memorials
A day of remembrance, September 11 will be memorialized with special commemorative events held throught the DMV region.

Redskins Opening Game
It's finally here! Don your very best burgundy and gold gear to cheer on our boys this Sunday, September 14th as they play their home opener. Hail!

H Street Festival
This annual neighborhood event features music, dance performances, crafts and activities for kids, and of course, food! Need a way to get there? Rent a DC Cool bike and arrive to this hip festival in true DC style.

Oktoberfests in DC
Prost! Get out those lederhosen and celebrate the coming of October with DC's variety of Oktoberfest celebrations.

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Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Events in DC

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The unofficial end to summer 2014 is upon us- time to mourn! Kidding, of course. It's really time to just sit back, relax, and kick your feet up one last time to enjoy the fruits of summertime! Here's a roundup of the top 5 Labor Day weekend celebrations in DC...

National Book Festival
Calling all book lovers! Stop by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday, August 30th for a day made in bookworm heaven. Over 100 award-winning authors and poets will be on site to sign your favorite reads.

Labor Day Concert
What's a long weekend without a good concert? Taking place this Sunday, August 31st, enjoy a complimentary concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Virginia Scottish Games
This Saturday and Sunday, celebrate Alexandria's vibrant Scottish heritage with traditional Scottish music, dancing, sheep-herding, an antique car show, and much more!

DC Blues Festival
This annual (and free!) festival features both local and national blues acts. Fun for the whole family, this event features interactive workshops and a musical instrument petting zoo- yes, you read that correctly!

Smithsonian Experience by Bike
We are pretty excited to announce the expansion of our operations at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to include bicycle tours! Premiering Labor Day weekend, we'll be offering a 2 hour or 3.5 hour experience by bike that is sure to wow! Book now, have fun later.

 

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Top 5 Things to do Before Summer Ends

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Visit National Harbor

Head south to glorious National Harbor for some serious family fun! Take in the beautiful vistas from atop the Capital Wheel, or participate in this weekend's Dragon Boat Races.

Tour DC by Bike or Segway
Take a sunset ride around the district's monuments and memorials in true DC fashion (by bike or Segway, we mean!). Spots are still available on our late summer Sites@Nite and Sites by Segway tours, so book today!

See an Outdoor Movie
Have a throwback moment (drive-ins, anyone?) and see a movie in the great outdoors! There are still several spots to watch a good flick or two before summer 2014 is officially over, so check out this list here.

Cheer on the Nats
N-A-T-S, NATS, NATS, NATS! Celebrate the best of summer at Nationals Park with a hot dog, a cold beverage, and America's favorite pastime.

Paddle the Potomac
That's right- take to the river! Visit our friends at the Key Bridge Boathouse, and get your crew outfitted on some stand-up paddle boards (or a kayak or canoe). Nothing quite like enjoying a DC sunset on the water!

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What to do This Weekend in DC

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Happy Friday, everyone!

We love summer Fridays almost as much as we like bicycles (i.e. a LOT)- and that's why we're giving you a quick list of what YOU should be excited about for this weekend!

Restaurant Week
Running through this Sunday, August 17th, there are still reservations open at some of the DC area's top restaurants! 3-course lunches are $20.14 and 3-course dinners go for $35.14 for this gourmet event. Make your reservation now! (Seriously though... like, right now.)

DC Beer Week
For our 21 and over fans, Beer Week officially kicks off this Sunday the 17th! Hundreds of venues (yes, hundreds!) in the DMV area will be participating with beer-related events.

Segway the Sites
Glide around the District as you soak in all the summer goodness DC has to offer... (the monuments seriously look amazing in this golden August lighting, am I right?). Nothing wrong with playing tourist in your own city, folks!

WACA Gala
Join the Washington Area Concierge Association for "A Night in Nashville" at the Hamilton Sunday August 17th. There'll be a live performance by Amy Wilcox, a plethora of food and drinks, and raffle prizes to boot! Today is the last day to purchase discounted tickets, so get on it! Oh, and don't forget your best cowboy hat...

 

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Top 5 Events This August

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Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna
The newest installation to appear in National Habor, Amaluna will run through September 21st. This show is full of all that you expect from Cirque du Soleil, along with a magical storyline about mysterious islands governed by Goddesses. We're in!

DC and Alexandria Restaurant Weeks
It's that time of year again! Summer restaurant week is back- in the District AND Alexandria! Time to fill up and celebrate. DC Restaurant Week runs from August 11-17, and offers discounted 3 course meals at over 100 of the city's finest restuarants. The same is true for Alexandria's Restaurant Week which runs from August 15-24. Bon appetit!

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner
Many cities will be commerorating the end of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, but the highlight of these celebrations will take place in Alexandria on August 31st. This signature event will include historical exhibits, boating activities, and food trucks. And listen to this: "To restore honor after Alexandria's 1814 surrender to British troops, Alexandria has challenged the British Embassy to a good-spirited rematch, featuring a tug-of-war, cricket match and yacht race."

National Book Festival
Bookworms unite! The annual festival held on the National Mall will be moving over to the Washington Convention Center this year on August 30th. Join over 100 award-winning authors as you hear readings and get a chance to have your favorite book autographed!

Labor Day Weekend
Kicking off August 30th, this weekend celebrates the (unofficial) end to summer, and what better way to celebrate than by bike or Segway? Say goodbye to August on two wheels as you cruise around the city and take in some glorious sights.

 

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Happy Independence Day!

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Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

We hope you and yours have an absolutely splendid fourth of July filled with fun, sun, family, good food, and of course fireworks!

All three of our DC locations will be open for rentals only today from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Happy Fourth, everyone!

 

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Top 5 July 4th Activities in DC

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USA! USA! USA!

Phew- now that we've gotten that out of our system (yes, we are in World Cup mode), we'd like to share with you some of our favorite picks for Fourth of July activities in good ole' Washington!

1. Washington, DC's Independence Day Parade
A terrific daytime celebration, the July 4th Parade starts around 11:45am, and travels down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. This patriotic parade will include a variety of bands, drum corps, floats, balloons, and hundreds of happy spectators- you should be one of them!

2. Visit the National Archives
Looking for a splendid way to celebrate America's birthday? Visit the National Archives to see where it all began! From 10am-5:30pm on July 4th, the Archives will be open (for free!) to the public and displaying our nation's most important preserved documents, along with a special ceremony and many family-friendly activities.

3. A Capitol Fourth Concert
What could be better than Fireworks in DC? Fireworks AND an amazing concert! A Capitol Fourth is an annual event that takes place on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Performers this year will include Frankie Valli, John Williams, and Patti Labelle- talk about a star spangled Birthday!

4. Fireworks on the National Mall
The main event! Launched from the Reflecting Pool area, this spectacle is not to be missed. Arrive early to get through security and stake out some spots around the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. (And start practicing your "oohs" and "ahhs" now!)

5. Explore Some Off-the-Mall Spots
Bike and Roll DC's tours will be closed for Independence Day, but you can still rent a bike at any of our DC locations (open 9am-5pm) and cruise around some lesser-visited neighborhoods (or the top 10 FREE sites) and trails to celebrate all of the things that make DC so... well... DC!

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Ride with Pride!

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A few Bike and Roll-ers ventured out on our super spiffy DC Cool bikes for the first annual DC Bike Party Pride Ride (in association with Capital Pride). Take a gander at all the pride-filled fun that was had!

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Top 5 Memorial Day Weekend Activities in DC

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Capital Wheel Grand Opening
They planned this pretty well, huh? Opening just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Capital Observation Wheel will run daily through summer from 10am-11pm. Ticket prices start at $11.25.

Rolling Thunder Rally
Departing from the Pentagon at noon on Sunday the 25th, this annual ride raises awareness for better veteran benefits and POW/MIA issues. Thousands of motorcyclists will ride (and rumble!) over the river into Washington, DC. for a musical tribute.

DC Cool Bikes
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a ride around the memorials on a retro-inspired bike that happens to be red, white and blue? Our DC Cool bikes will take you around our nation's capital in true cycle-chic style— they even include a water bottle and This Bar Saves Lives snack! Ride on.

Memorial Day Concert
Celebrate the holiday with some live tunes. The National Memorial Day Concert will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8pm. And the cherry on top: it's FREE!

Memorial Day Parade
The main event! This annual occasion is the highlight of the holiday weekend. Beginning at 2pm on Monday the 26th, this patriotic parade includes marching bands and veterans from all 50 states. Start practicing your "USA!" chants now!

 

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Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 16th!

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It's that time of year again!

Bike to Work Day is this Friday, and boy, do we have reason to celebrate! This annual nation-wide event (created by the League of American Bicyclists) is all about bringing awareness to the many healthy benefits of bike commuting.

Want to ride on Friday? Excellent! First, you should register here and select a pit stop location (there are 79 to choose from!). Pit stops will be offering complimentary refreshments, entertainment, and raffle prizes for registered riders. And, if you want to say hello to some bonafide Bike and Roll-ers, stop by the Freedom Plaza pit stop between 7am-9am for a free safety check from our oh-so-skilled fleet manager!

Don't have your own bike? No worries, we can help you out! Rent an overnight Trek Comfort Hybrid from our Downtown DC or Union Station locations and get a $5 off discount with code "BTWD"!

We sure look forward to seeing a lot more two-wheeled friends out and about this Friday... ride on!

 

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Top 5 Things We're Looking Forward to in May

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Happy May, everyone! Looks like Spring is finally here to stay (fingers crossed and knock on wood...)

Here's a roundup of the top 5 events we're looking forward to this May!

Bike Month
May is one of our very favorite months—and not only because of the glorious weather. May marks National Bike Month, a cycle-centric celebration sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. All month long there will be many bike-friendly ways to take part, including Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. We'll be representing yet again at Freedom Plaza in DC for this year's Bike to Work Day, so make sure you stop by to say hello!

DC Cool Bikes
New to our Downtown DC location this month are our much buzzed about DC Cool bikes. Named after celebrities from the National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit, these retro-chic beauties are truly oh-so-cool! So cool, in fact, that full day rentals include a This Bar Saves Lives snack and bottled water. Ya dig?

Reopening of the Washington Monument
A moment three years in the making! Our beautiful Washington Monument will officially reopen to the public with a ceremony on May 12th to include a special appearance by Al Roker. Public tours of the Monument will recommence shortly after the ceremony ends.

Tour de Fat
The fantastical fete that is Tour de Fat is returning once again to Yards Park in DC on May 31. Family-friendly and celebrating all things biking, Tour de Fat includes a bike parade followed by all day silly celebrations.

Capital Wheel Opening
Take in the vista that is Washington, DC from the gondola of an enormous observation wheel! Set to open this month, the Capital Wheel is located in National Harbor and stands at 180 feet tall. Once open, the wheel will operate year-round from 10am-10pm.

 

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