Concerts at the Capitol

Throughout the year concerts are often presented on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. All concerts held on the grounds are free and open to the public.

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Capitol Christmas Tree

Records at the Architect of the Capitol show correspondence from 1919 indicate that a Christmas tree was purchased that year. However, it was not until 1964 that a definite procedure was initiated and a tree-lighting ceremony established.

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Presidential Inauguration

Perhaps the most widely known of the numerous ceremonies held at the U.S. Capitol.

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State of the Union Address

We work behind the scenes to ensure that everything is impeccable for this important event — down to the smallest details.

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Lying in State or Honor

These occasions are either authorized by a congressional resolution or approved by the congressional leadership, when permission is granted by survivors.

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U.S. Flag in front of U.S. Capitol Dome

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Capitol Flag Program

The Architect of the Capitol fulfills flag flying requests from members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

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U.S. Botanic Garden Orchids Gain 600 New Siblings

This newly donated collection — the second largest single donation in U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) history — adds to the rich heritage and importance of the USBG's orchid collection.
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Cool Tools: Capitol Materials Cart

The new U.S. Capitol Materials Cart Program showcases a variety of AOC trades, including masonry, sheet metal, paint and wood-crafting.

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