The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually in the Tidal Basin area of DC. Every year almost 1 million visitors flock to the National Mall to enjoy the cherry blossoms. The spring celebration lasts for two weeks with activities and events happening daily. Be prepared for major traffic congestion and minimal parking available near the National Mall during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Visitor parking is available in lots along Ohio Drive, SW. However, these lots have short 2-hour time restrictions on them. If you plan to walk a trail to enjoy all the cherry blossoms, you should give yourself more time. To do so, reserve parking for the National Cherry Blossom Festival ahead of time!
Blossom Kite Festival
During the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual Blossom Kite Festival brings together thousands of visitors to the center of the National Mall. The Kite Festival takes place on the Washington Monument grounds. Street parking near the Washington Monument is severely limited. Rather than hoping a spot opens up, secure a parking spot for the Blossom Kite Festival before the event to save time and money.
Every Earth Day, the National Mall is home to the Global Citizen Earth Day event. The rally and free concert featuring several big-name artists is put on to raise climate awareness and end poverty. This event brings thousands of visitors to our nation’s capital. Get more details on the Global Citizen Earth Day event here.
The Global Citizens Earth Day event takes place on the Washington Monument grounds. Parking is limited to begin with and even harder to come by on Earth Day. To ease parking troubles, reserve parking just blocks away from the Global Citizen Earth Day event before you head to the National Mall.
Cinco de Mayo
Located at the base of the Washington Monument, the Cinco de Mayo Festival is a day full of dancing, food, and fun on the National Mall. The Cinco de Mayo Festival is held rain or shine each May and is free to everyone. Come out to celebrate Latin Americans in the United States, more information can be found here.
Parking near the Washington Monument becomes even more challenging when it is hosting big events including the Cinco de Mayo festival. Avoid the hassle of searching for parking by purchasing a 100% guaranteed parking spot today!
The annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally is held to encourage the government to properly recognize and protect Prisoners of War and Missing in Action persons. Almost a million motorcyclists and spectators are involved at the Rolling Thunder Rally.
The motorcyclists travel from the Pentagon across the Arlington Bridge and around the National Mall, ending near the Lincoln Memorial. The best spot to watch the rally is any spot along the Arlington Bridge. Parking is limited around the National Mall so to make it easy on yourself, reserve a parking spot close to all the action today!
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings over 1 million visitors to the National Mall to celebrate cultural traditions and heritage. Located closest to the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, check out this year’s full schedule.
Third and Fourth Street, the streets closest to the Festival, offer minimal street parking. To avoid attempting to find parking on the hectic streets of downtown DC, purchase a 100% guaranteed parking spot for this year’s Festival today.
Fourth of July
D.C. is the best place to celebrate Independence Day! Our nation’s capital hosts an all-day event full of activities for all to enjoy. Enjoy the parade along Constitution Avenue and get a great spot on the National Mall lawn to view the fireworks. More information all of D.C.’s 4th of July events here.
There will plenty to do all day and night on the National Mall on the Fourth. Don’t waste time looking for a street parking spot that you park in for 2 hours. Instead reserve an all-day parking spot so you won’t miss any of the red, white and blue celebrations!
Screen on the Green
Enjoy classic movies on the National Mall all summer long! On Monday nights in July and August, an outdoor screen will be showing films for the public for free. Find a spot on the National Mall lawn between 7th and 12th Street to enjoy. To see the full list of movies to be shown this summer, follow this link.
Nobody likes missing the start of a movie so why run that risk by having to circle around the National Mall looking for parking? The best parking option for the Screen on the Green is to purchase a 100% guaranteed parking spot beforehand.
D.C. offers plenty of ways to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. Be sure to enjoy the free Concert for Valor on the National Mall. The Concert for Valor raises awareness for veteran support groups and features several big name artists. Find out more details on Veterans Day in D.C. and The Concert for Valor.
If you are driving to the National Mall on Veterans Day it is very important to know that several roads will be closed starting at 6 AM. See the full list of road closings here. To avoid the confusion and hassle, reserve parking in a garage close to the National Mall and just walk a block or two to the event.