Potomac: Celebrate National Park Service’s Centennial

Potomac: Celebrate National Park Service’s Centennial

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center to host birthday party.

Thursday, Aug. 25, will kick off a Centennial celebration for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O) at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. To celebrate the Centennial, all National Park entrance fees are waived from Aug. 25-28.

Thursday, Aug. 25

NPS 100th Birthday Celebration

11 a.m.-noon: Free mule-drawn Canal boat ride. This hour- long ride is limited to the first 60 people.

12:15 p.m.: Ranger Talk will highlight the first 100 years of the National Park Service

12:30 p.m.: Blow out the candles on the NPS birthday cake and share in a piece of cake.

1-­1:30 p.m.: Seasonal staff and volunteers will present a Canal­-era fashion show.

The celebration will also include a photo booth for visitors to remember their visit and a giant birthday card to commemorate the event.

Saturday, Aug. 27

(Rain date Aug. 28)

Dog Days of Summer Celebration

9-­11 a.m.: Guided nature hike exploring area near Great Falls led by author of the book “Potomac Pathways,” Napier Shelton.

11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.: The Washington Revels Maritime Voices will perform. The Revels will present traditional songs of the C&O Canal and other canal waterways of America, as well as some songs of the sea and shore.

12-4 p.m.: Book signing at the Visitor Center by Napier Shelton, author of the book Potomac Pathways.

Sunday, Aug. 28

Dog Days Celebration

12:15 p.m.: Ranger program will feature stories of the ice houses along the Canal.

1-­3 p.m.: Historic ice cream-making demonstrations.

4-­4:30 p.m. Seasonal staff and volunteers will present a Canal­-era fashion show.

All events will take place at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.

These events and all ranger programs are free and open to the public. mule-drawn canal boat rides are also offered at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prices are $8 for adults (ages 16­-61), $6 for seniors (ages 62-plus), and $5 for children (ages 4­-15). Children aged three and under ride free.

Check the NPS website and Facebook page for additional special event information and ranger­-led programs.

www.nps.gov/choh, www.facebook.com/chesapeakeandohiocanal

Join in the conversation this summer with #CandOcanal #great falls #towpath #mules #potomac #NPSCentennial. Call 301-­767­-3714 for more information.