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A Cherished American Heritage

The Festival of American Folklife on the Washington Monument Grounds celebrates the joy of being an American. We of the National Park Service are proud and delighted to join again with the Smithsonian Institution in bringing you this annual event, which has become a tradition in the Nation's Capital.

In a broad sense, the Festival celebrates our achievements as a country of working people--a citizenry that can trace its histories and traditions to many lands. This mixture has melded together to create a cherished American heritage.

The Festival has been described as America's family reunion, for it is here that so many people join together to

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