. . . gotten in tune with the National Symphony Orchestra. The secret to getting the best seats at the summer concerts on the Capitol lawn? Get there early. A whole day early, in fact. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people jam the Mall for the holiday spectaculars. The shows are a can't-miss event. What is missing, though, is space. And views. Both are readily available at the outdoor rehearsals, normally held the day before. They may not be as smooth or star-studded as the actual concerts, but there's enough room to stretch out and enjoy the show up close.
The Memorial Day concert rehearsal is 7:30 p.m. May 25. The rehearsals have not yet been scheduled for the Fourth of July and Labor Day concerts.
Know of a uniquely Washington area experience, a place you always take out-of-towners or the thing you'd miss most about the region?