2016 German-American Day Celebration at the German American Friendship Garden on the National Mall
Oct 6, 2016 | Washington, DC
Please join us and the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, DC on Thursday morning, October 6 as we mark the annual German-American Day at the German American Friendship Garden on the grounds of the Washington Monument on the National Mall!
Established in 1983 and first dedicated by US President Ronald Reagan and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1988, the German American Friendship Garden commemorates the 300th anniversary of German immigration to the United States while at the same time celebrating the modern-day friendship between the United States and Germany.
In July 1683, 13 Quaker and Mennonite families purchased land from Pennsylvania proprietor William Penn and set sail from Krefeld, Germany to create homes in the New World. On October 6 of that year, they settled Germantown, Pennsylvania, and are considered the first large group of Germans to emigrate to America.
Today, German-American Day is celebrated on October 6 - the day that Germantown was founded.
Proclamations issued by the President of the United States, the Governors of Maryland and Virginia, and the Mayor of Washington, DC, will be read. These documents will be presented to a representative of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The German and US national anthems will be sung by the participants in the ceremony.
German-American Day 2016
Thursday, October 6, 10 am
German American Friendship Garden
Constitution Avenue, across from The Ellipse, between 15th and 17th Street