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A Capital Invitation: Take A Best Summer Ever Family Vacation in Washington, DC

Destination DC Connects Summer Fun-Seekers with Free Activities, Festivals, July 4th Fireworks

Best Summer Ever - Memorial Day, Fourth of July Fireworks, Festivals and More - Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC

(Washington, DC) – Known for stirring public monuments and museums, free festivals, grand gardens and Michelin-starred restaurants, Washington, DC is an ideal city for a summer vacation. Destination DC, the official destination marketing office for the nation’s capital, is primed to assist travelers make the most their time-off. In addition to operating a concierge line (800-635-6338), the bureau’s website, washington.org is stacked with neighborhood guides, seasonal itineraries, a calendar bursting with only-in-DC events, as well as 50+ unique summer deals and discounts. On Instagram @visitwashingtondc delivers real time inspiration and insider tips. Summertime keyboard characters have been added to the free Emoji DC app and the DC Cool Kids Guide invites children to join the vacation-planning process.

“We help summer visitors discover their #myDCcool,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC (DDC). “Washington, DC packs a lot memory-making into 68 square miles: Kayak on the Potomac before breakfast, explore historic homes and gardens in Georgetown after lunch then hit Union Market food stalls and Ivy City distilleries once the sun goes down.”

For a third year, DDC produced a summertime-themed television commercial in-house. The 15- and 30-second “Best Summer Ever” spots will run in feeder markets in the northeast corridor and Los Angeles. Supporting dynamic digital and traditional print campaigns will run in outlets like Buzzfeed and regional magazines including The New Yorker and New York Magazine. ““We’re seeing increased traction from Chicago and the West Coast, so we’re rolling out a cross-country welcome mat,” said Ferguson.

HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

Memorial Day: The city’s salute to active duty military and veterans includes the Rolling Thunder motorcycle honor ride (May 28), a star-studded concert by the National Symphony Orchestra (May 28) and the nation’s largest Memorial Day parade (May 29).

Independence Day: America’s birthday celebration kicks off with a classic July 4th parade on followed by “A Capitol Fourth” concert and fireworks on the National Mall.

Labor Day: Savor the last long summer weekend canoeing at Yards Park, shopping at Eastern Market and attending the final outdoor concert by National Symphony Orchestra on the National Mall (Sept. 3).

SUMMER FESTIVALS, SPECIAL EXHIBITS & SPORTING EVENTS

DC Bike Ride (May 14)
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to pedal 20 miles of car-less streets with landmark views.

IPW (June 3-7)
Destination DC welcomes 6,000 delegates from 70 countries to the U.S. Travel Association’s annual meeting, the largest single generator of travel to the U.S.

Dine-N-Dash (June 7)
This fundraiser for World Central Kitchen is as innovative its founder José Andrés: Sample 5-8 dishes and four cocktails at 30 restaurants in the Penn Quarter and U Street corridor.

Capital Pride (June 8-11)
The theme of the 42nd festival is “Unapologetically Proud!” The street festival (June 11) coincides with the Equality March for Unity and Pride on the National Mall.

DC Jazz Festival (June 9-18)
The fastest growing jazz festival in the country brings 125 performers to 40+ venues across the city.

RAMW’s BBQ and Grilling Week
Citywide/ June 19-25
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington highlights the flavors of summer with prix fixe meals at area restaurants.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall/ June 29-July 4; July 6-9
Circus Arts is the theme of the 50th annual pop-up festival of living culture featuring clowns, trapeze artists, tent-makers, poster artists, costumers, cooks and drivers.

Hive
National Building Museum/ July 4-Sept. 4
2017’s “summer block party” is designed by Studio Gang. Constructed from recyclable paper scrolls, giant domes will house musical instruments encouraging play. 

Citi Open Tennis Classic
H. G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center/ July 29-Aug. 6
The tournament brings top players on the pro tour including Gael Monfils and John Isner to the courts in Rock Creek Park.

NEW HOTELS & DEVELOPMENTS

The Darcy Washington, DC, Curio Collection by Hilton: In addition to 226 contemporary guest rooms, studio and one-bedroom suites on Scott Circle, the property sports a restaurant, Siren, and coffeeshop.

Homewood Suites Washington DC Navy Yard: An all-suites hotel in Yards Park affords guests views of the baseball stadium and immediate access to buzzy restaurants and the U.S. Capitol.

Pod DC Hotel: This micro-hotel in Chinatown is primed to attract next-gen travelers with amenities like free Wi-Fi.

Residence Inn Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard: This extended-stay hotel gifts guests Wi-Fi and breakfast in the Capitol Riverfront.

LOOKING AHEAD

The LINE DC: Anchored by a converted church in Adams Morgan, this art-filled hotel from the Sydell Group opens this summer. Dining options include restaurants from Spike Gjerde of Baltimore’s Woodbery Kitchen and Erik Bruner-Yang of DC’s Maketto.

The Wharf: Phase I of the $2.3 billion, mile-long mixed use waterfront project in Southwest DC opens in October, adding three hotels, 20+ restaurants, a distillery and two music venues.

Museum of the Bible: State-of-the-art 430,000 square foot facility opens in November, three blocks from the Capitol.

About Destination DC: Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 930 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. washington.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Danielle Davis, Director of Communications
(202) 789-7046; danielle.davis [at] destinationdc.com

Kate Gibbs, Domestic Media Relations Manager
(202) 789-7072; kate.gibbs [at] Destinationdcdestinationdc.com

Vanessa Casas, International Media Relations Manager
(202) 789-7053; vanessa.casas [at] destinationdc.com
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May 10, 2017
Media Contacts
Danielle Davis, Director of Communications
202-789-7046; 202-603-2093

Kate Gibbs, Senior Manager, Domestic Media Relations
202-789-7072; 202-297-2431

Vanessa Casas, Media Relations Manager, International
202-789-7053; 702-578-0255

Rebecca Doser, Media Relations Manager, Trade
202-789-7079