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News & Notices

Statement on Cannon House Office Building Water

Jul 06, 2016

View of the Cannon House Office Building.
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. On the afternoon of Monday, June 27, 2016, the AOC began receiving anomalous test results. Our top priority is the safety and health of the congressional community. In response, the AOC made the decision to shut down the drinking water to...

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"A Capitol Fourth" Concert at the U.S. Capitol

Jun 30, 2016

Fireworks seen behind the Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items, and Street Closures WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 4, 2016, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public on Sunday at 3 p.m....

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2016 Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol Honors U.S. Veterans and Armed Services

May 24, 2016

Moon visible at night above the U.S. Capitol on March 31, 2016.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items and Street Closures WASHINGTON, DC – On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which honors American veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Services, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 8 p.m. Gates will open...

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Tree Dedicated in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

May 18, 2016

TREE PLANTING TO HONOR IRELAND ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTER RISING.
Christine Merdon, Chief Operating Officer for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), welcomed Ireland's Taioseach Enda Kenny, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson, senior congressional leaders and members of Congress, House Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy and Donegal native Father Brendan McBride to the U.S. Capitol Grounds for a tree dedication marking the 100th anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. Select trees on the Capitol Grounds serve as living memorials to an individual or an event. The Irish Oak dedicated today is one of those special trees. "A much-loved...

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Tree Dedicated in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program

Apr 21, 2016

Tree planting ceremony with shovels.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers joined Representative French Hill, Harriet Mayor Fulbright and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. "This tree celebrates a unique program, established by the now-late J. William Fulbright, to foster growth and understanding between students around the world. I am pleased to participate in today's ceremony," said Ayers. Several trees on the Capitol grounds serve as living memorials. The Fulbright tree, an American Elm, is located on the Capitol campus near the intersection of Delaware...

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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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