Welcome to the 27th Gaufest of Gauverband Nordamerika,
July 4-7, 2019 – Washington Hilton, Washington, DC
Below is information to assist you in planning for coming to DC! We have organized this into sections:
We hope you enjoy your stay and if you have any questions, please contact the Gaufest Planning Committee.
Washington DC Visitors Pages
How to Get around inside DC
The best way to get around DC is using the Metro (Ubahn/Sbahn) or a Taxi/Uber. Traffic can be heavy and parking is expensive.
DC has a very good Metro system that can transport you around the city to most attractions and places to visit. You need to purchase a refillable Fare Card to ride the metro - you can purchase these at the metro station and refill them as needed. The closest station to our hotel is approximately 5 blocks on the Red Line.
Caution:Due to construction all Metro stations south of Reagan National Airport are CLOSED on the Blue and Yellow metro lines - Bus service is available.
Metro Website and Map: www.wmata.com
Big Bus- Big Bus Tours allow hop-on / Hop-off service throughout the city and major attractions.
Uber-Lyft - Uber and Lyft cars are available in the city and provide the best rates over taxis
Taxi - Taxis are available on the street for hailing or at Hotel entrances
4th of July
National Independence Day Parade - Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW
11:45 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Marching bands, Army fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more
Salute to America - White House sponsored event
Lincoln Memorial - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Speech by the President, military bands and a flyover of military aircraft beginning at 6:30pm.
Warning: Tickets will be required to get into the seating area which encompasses the Lincoln Memorial and most of the Reflecting Pool. Tickets are being sent out by the White House to their guests. General admission will be available starting towards the back half of the Reflecting Pool on the sides.
A Capitol Fourth Concert — West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
8 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
Sponsired by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra celebrating America with an all-star salute of the best in American entertainment. This is the event you see on PBS every year.
Gates open at 3 p.m. Get more info at PBS.org.
9:07 p.m. — 9:40 p.m. (approximate)
The fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial. They will be visible from locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia.
Smithsonian Institution- (Link)
DC’s premier civic space includes the Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., World War II, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, as well as many Smithsonian museums and galleries. The National Park Service operates these sites, as well as more than 150 statues, circles, fountains, and parks located throughout the Capital.
National Park Service - (Link)List of all National Parks and Buildings in the DC Area
11 museums and galleries on the National Mall, as well as six other museums and the National Zoo in the DC area
Touring U.S. Government Buildings