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The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting a Small Business Day on May 11, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in the Congressional Meeting Room - South. This event is for small business concerns and is designed to provide information about doing business with the AOC.

The Small Business Day is free... More »

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From the U.S. Capitol Police:

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will address a Joint Session of Congress in the Hall of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m.

Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United... More »

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On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, a section of the U.S. Capitol Grounds West Front will open for community sledding during daylight hours (dawn to dusk). Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but we ask that you remain safe and aware of the area and of workers who are clearing snow and ice.

Keep these tips in mind:

  1. Stay alert. Architect of the Capitol (AOC)... More »
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Updated: May 18, 2017

This year's series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Army Band on Friday, June 2, 2017.

All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the... More »

Dec
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From the United States Capitol Police:

The 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. This ceremony honors the law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Street Closures and Bus Restrictions

On Monday, May 15 beginning at 12:01 a... More »

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To mark this year's centennial of America entering the Great War, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) recreated a War Garden as it would have been during World War I. These gardens, also referred to as Victory Gardens, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences, public parks, school yards and more to increase food supplies without increasing the use of land or labor... More »

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The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is pleased to announce the return of their popular American Roots Music Concert Series for 2017. The summer concert series, which the USBG first offered in 2015, celebrates American roots music – Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz and zydeco.

Concerts June through August will be held outdoors in the National Garden Amphitheater surrounded... More »

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From the United States Capitol Police:

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol.

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. 

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies. The Architect of the Capitol... More »

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Water samples from facilities managed by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) are tested for lead. Over the course of the last 11 years, the AOC has taken nearly 400 samples from primary devices — including drinking fountains — and about 220 samples from secondary sources — such as sinks — in the Cannon House Office Building with no concern for water quality.

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