In honor of our future home on The National Mall — otherwise known as the most visited national park in America — here are a few fun facts about America’s Front Yard.
- It hosts 29 million visits each year — more than Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks combined
- Half of Americans will visit the National Mall during their lifetimes
- The Mall is home to 12 memorials and the Washington Monument
- Its grounds have hosted every modern presidential inauguration
- The Mall is bordered by the U.S. Capitol, the White House and 10 Smithsonian Institution museums
- Half of Americans’ top 12 favorite architectural gems line the National Mall
- African-American opera singer Marian Anderson performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after being barred from a segregated concert hall in 1939
- Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington cemented the park’s role as a stage for First Amendment rights
- This tradition continued in 1987, when the AIDS Memorial Quilt was spread across the National Mall’s grounds for the first time
- Through the decades, millions have gathered on the Mall to make their voices heard in countless protests and demonstrations
Join us as we mark another historic moment on the National Mall at the first ever Landmark Music Festival this September.