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Open, Closed & Free on Presidents Day

February 19, 2017

On the third Monday in February some businesses are open, offices closed and venues free.  



Federal and Local Government Offices – Closed

Georgetown Neighborhood Library – Closed

Liquor Stores – All stores will be open 10:00 am– 6:00 pm.

MTA - Information available here.

Trash and recycling pickup – No collection, all collections scheduled on or after the holiday will be made one day later in the week. Monday collections on Tuesday; Tuesday collections on Wednesday; Wednesday collections on Thursday; Thursday collections on Friday; and Friday collections on Saturday

Parking at public garages, lots, curbside meters – Free

Schools and Administrative Offices – Closed

Courts – Closed

Smithsonian Museums - Open



National Parks: On February 20, admission is free to all National Parks that charge an entry fee. More details on the NPS site.

Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon is offering free admission Feb. 20 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. More details on the Alexandria website.

Library of Congress: The Library of Congress will hold a Main Reading Room Open House on Feb. 20.  There will be special activities for kids in the Library’s Young Readers Center. More details at the LoC site.

Ferry Farm: Feb. 20 is Archaeology Day at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home. Admission is free. Visit its Facebook page.

George Washington Birthday Parade: The annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria starts at 1:00 pm. February 20. Visit the event website.

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'Olympic Pride, American Prejudice' Feb. 16

February 9, 2017

"Through the African American Lens: Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" will be shown at the National Museum of African American History on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm in the OprahWinfrey Theater. 


Directed by Deborah Riley DraperOlympic Pride, American Prejudice explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism.


They were world heroes yet returned home to a short-lived glory. This story is complicated. This story is triumphant but unheralded. This story is a vital part of history and is as relevant today as it was almost 80 years ago.

Since the 1936 Olympics was a well-documented event, this film will utilize the wealth of newsreel material, newspaper articles, photographs, personal interviews and never-before-seen footage as well as resources from the personal archival collections of Olympians and organizations in both the U.S. and Germany.


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Jeff Bezos Buys Textile Museum

January 12, 2017

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos has bought the Textile Museum for $23 million, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, according to The Washington Post.


The Textile Museum is located in the Kalorama neighborhood of DC where President Obama and his family, along with Ivanka Trump and her family, will soon reside. 

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