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Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia

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Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia
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The Netherlands Carillon is a bell tower near Washington, DC that was given to America as an expression of gratitude from the Dutch people for aid provided during and after World War II. The carillon plays recorded music that is programmed to play automatically by computer. Its fifty bells give it two notes more than four octaves. Winchester Chimes play daily on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Other patriot tunes are played at various times. Special concerts are presented on Saturdays and national holidays from May through September. The Netherlands Carillon has nice grassy grounds and offers a wonderful panoramic view of Washington, DC. During concerts, you can climb the tower and view the city from above.

Location
The Netherlands Carillon is located in Arlington, Virginia adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial. The closest Metro station is Rosslyn.

Live Concerts

Live concerts are held on Saturdays and holidays from May to September. Enjoy jazz, pop, and patriotic music on the carillon's 50 bells.

Automated Concerts

  • Monday through Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. - Medley of armed forces anthems
  • Sunday at noon - Star-Spangled Banner, Wilhelmus (the Dutch national anthem) and  Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Sunday at 6 p.m. -  Star-Spangled Banner,  America the Beautiful and  Eternal Father, Strong To Save (the Navy Hymn)
  • May 5 (Dutch Liberation Day) at noon and 6 p.m. -  Star-Spangled Banner, Wilhelmus (the Dutch national anthem)
  • September 2 at 9:04 a.m. - Star-Spangled Banner,  America the Beautiful and Eternal Father, Strong To Save (the Navy Hymn)
  • Thanksgiving Day at noon and 6 p.m. - Simple Gifts and We Gather Together
  • December 31 at 6 p.m. - Auld Lang Syne


Website:
http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/netherlandscarillon.htm

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