If you are seeking a travel destination that combines something unique and special, there are many celebrations occurring this year in the United States and throughout the world. Here’s a sampling of four:
Flower Carpet, City of Brussels
When: August 12th-August 15th
Where: La Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium hosts a spectacular floral carpet every two years over one weekend in August. This year marks the 20th Flower Carpet which will be held from August 12th to August 15th.
In just four hours, over 100 volunteers arrange almost one million cut begonias to create a stunning floral carpet. The carpet is installed in La Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important landmarks in Belgium.
This iconic square includes the City Hall, almost forty guildhalls, and many other beautiful buildings dating mostly from the 17th century. There is no charge to view the floral carpet and a panoramic visit is accessible through the City Hall.
When: Throughout 2016
Where: Ireland and overseas
It’s not too late to join the celebration for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the date which historians believe led to Ireland’s independence six years later and “the moment when Irish nationalism joined forces with a revolutionary, cultural and language movement to forge an irresistible movement towards self-determination.”
Diverse events, with themes of Remember, Reflect, Reimagine, will showcase and celebrate Ireland’s last 100 years. There are a multitude of Easter Rising Commemorative events scheduled during 2016, throughout Ireland and overseas.
Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
When: Opening September 24
Where: 1400 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Established in 2003, and over a decade in the making, the newest museum on the nation’s mall will open September 24, 2016. Founding director Lonnie Bunch explains the new museum “will be a place where everyone can explore the story of America through the lens of the African-American experience."
Initially, the museum will offer extended visiting hours as well as a three-day festival that will feature films, popular music, dance, and other attractions. If you can’t make it to the museum at this time, other museums around the country and in Africa will host local events to celebrate the opening of the new museum.
75th Anniversary of Mount Rushmore National Memorial
When: Throughout 2016
Where: 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota
While the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hosting three million visitors annually to the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota, is celebrating its 75th.
The memorial, officially dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on August 10, 1927, was carved during the Great Depression at a cost of almost one million dollars. It took 400 men 14 years to carve the granite faces depicting United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
The faces are 60 feet high, equivalent to a six-story building. The National Park Service provides a list of things to do to make the most of your visit.