Steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Show up in sweats for Easter mass overlooking the Mall at sunrise.
Steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Photograph by Bill O'Leary/ Getty Images

Why you might roll your eyes:

You’re accustomed to sitting on these steps only when you’re wiped out from schlepping along the Mall with out-of-town guests.

Why you’ll love it:

Actually attending an event at the memorial is a great way to rekindle your affection- for instance, the annual Easter sunrise service, organized by Capital Church in Vienna and now in its 37th year. More than 6,000 worshippers- some in Easter finery, others in sweats- start arriving an hour or two before dawn, armed with blankets, for a seat on the steps or on one of 1,500 folding chairs at the base. “Seeing the sun come up over the monuments makes it special,” says Lauren Mulvey, who has attended for several years. “It’s really beautiful.”

This year’s service is April 5. For more information, go to and click on “ministries,” then “Easter service.”

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