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2018 "A Capitol Fourth" Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

June 27, 2018

Fireworks bursting in the air with the U.S. Capitol dome on July 4th.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items & Street Closures On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the 38th annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will air live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, beginning at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. Both events are open...

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Renovated Bartholdi Park Achieves SITES Gold Certification

June 21, 2018

Members of the U.S. Botanic Garden and U.S. Green Building Council in Bartholdi Park with the SITES Gold Certification.
U.S. Botanic Garden's renovated Bartholdi Park showcases sustainable gardening, achieves SITES Gold certification The renovation of Bartholdi Park at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is complete, and the new garden is a showcase of sustainable gardening. Created in 1932, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden for more than 80 years and until 2016 had not undergone a complete renovation since its original construction. The renovation provided an opportunity to increase accessibility, showcase the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) principles in action, and demonstrate...

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AOC Receives Seventh Consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting

June 07, 2018

Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting for Fiscal Year 2017.
​For the seventh consecutive year, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received the Association of Government Accountants' prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The AOC also received a special award in the category of “Best Executive Summary." This award recognized the AOC's PAR as the best government-wide example of a report containing a succinct, reader-friendly and impactful description of our agency's achievements. These awards speak highly of the teamwork and professionalism of...

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2018 U.S. Capitol Memorial Day Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

May 21, 2018

2017 Memorial Day Concert Set Up
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Prohibited Items and Street Closures On Sunday, May 27, 2018, the annual National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The event honors the military service of all women and men in uniform, their families ;and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. There also will be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 8 p.m...

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37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

May 10, 2018

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Street Closures, Prohibited Items The 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This ceremony honors law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The Roll Call of Heroes read during the ceremony will honor the 199 police officers who lost their lives in 2017 and previous years. Street Closures and Bus Restrictions On Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 12:01 a.m., the streets listed below...

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Art Exhibit Celebrates American Native Plants as Part of International Collaboration

April 18, 2018

Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) ink and watercolor by Joan McGann.
"Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora" will open to the public on May 4, 2018 at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), featuring 46 botanical artworks of America's native plants. The exhibition, a collaborative project of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and USBG, will remain on view in the Garden's West Gallery through October 15. ASBA artists worked over four years on the project, creating 240 images of U.S. native plants, from which 46 were selected by jurors. Plants from around the country are featured, including saguaro cactus from the desert southwest, bigleaf...

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