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IG team in Bartholdi Park.
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Capitol Fourth Concert
Capitol Fourth Concert West Front July 4 8 p.m.

News & Notices

2016 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

Apr 20, 2016

Military Band Concert playing at night in front of the Capitol.
The 2016 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Marine Band on Wednesday, June 1. 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 band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. Monday Evenings 2016 U.S. Navy Band June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Tuesday Evenings 2016 U....

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Tree Dedicated in Memory of Representative Edward R. Roybal

Mar 16, 2016

Tree planting ceremony on March 16, 2016.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Representative Roybal-Allard and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in memory of Representative Edward R. Roybal. "Today, we dedicate this tree in honor of the life and service of a family man, World War II veteran, influential politician, Hispanic trailblazer and advocate for the sick and underprivileged. With the planting of this memorial tree, his memory will take root on this beautiful campus for generations to come,"...

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Flowers Stink… but not to the Helen Hayes Awards

Feb 02, 2016

Photo from a Flowers Stink production.
Kennedy Center Musical Co-commissioned with the United States Botanic Garden Nominated The Helen Hayes Awards announced the 2016 nominees for excellence in professional theatre on February 1. The Kennedy Center musical, Flowers Stink, which was co-commissioned with the U.S. Botanic Garden, received two nominations for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Theater for Young Audience. The musical, free and open to the public, premiered Saturday September 26, 2015 and was performed each Saturday through October at the Amphitheatre in the National Garden. The show was about how a young girl...

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The Big Dig

Jan 25, 2016

Snow removal during Snowzilla at the Capitol.
Less than 48 hours after Winter Storm Jonas began dumping snow from the skies over Washington, D.C., Architect of the Capitol (AOC) crews successfully removed snow to make ​14 miles of sidewalks, 7 miles of streets and drives and 20 acres of plazas and parking lots accessible for the Capitol community. Throughout the historic storm, approximately 350 AOC employees worked around-the-clock. High winds and the vast amount of snow slowed progress on Saturday, but clear skies and sunshine on Sunday and Monday provided the perfect weather for the big dig. The AOC operated more than 100 pieces of...

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Longworth Cafeteria

Jan 15, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Longworth House Office Building.
During the Longworth House Office Building's cafeteria renovation work, there was a potential release of lead paint dust in the kitchen area. The area that was initially impacted was not being used for food preparation. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) continues to investigate and will have another update when the cafeteria reopens. Thank you for your continued patience. We take the health and safety of the Capitol Hill community very seriously. If you would like more information regarding the possible health effects of lead in general, please see visit the Agency for Toxic Substances...

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2016 State of the Union Address Information

Jan 11, 2016

2012 State of the Union Address.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m., the President will deliver the State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building. The United States Capitol Police and its law enforcement partners will provide security and traffic control for this event. We appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners, event support personnel, and the community in working with us to manage this significant event. Due to road closures, we...

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