The 49th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting will take place virtually this year. Tune into WJZ Channel 13 at 7:30 - 8pm for festive performances and special guests as we count down the lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place.
Thursday, December 3, 7:30pm on WJZ Channel 13
- Local Celebrities Duff Goldman, Broadway star and Tony award-winner Andre De Shields, and Cal Ripken
- Live Performances from Morgan State Choir
- Special Guests Torrey SMith and Gayle Kin from CBS This Morning
- Lighting the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place
- And more!
** There will be no fireworks or in-person gatherings at Mount Vernon Place this year due to covid-19 safety restrictions. Grab carryout from your favorite Mount Vernon establishment like Dooby's, Cafe Fili, The Civil, or Sotto Sopra and head home to watch the lighting on television.
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The Monument is maintained by the wonderful Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, who has for many years funded and cared for the monument and surrounding park spaces. Fun facts about our beloved Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place:
• In 2015, the Mount Vernon Conservancy restored the Washington Monument with a multi-award winning restoration.
• Baltimore’s Washington Monument is the first monument to honor our first president. DC’s Monument was completed 56 years later.
• Baltimore’s Monument is 178’ 6” tall, including the statue of Washington which is over 16’ tall.
• The statue of Washington at the top is made of three marble blocks, weighing in total over 11 tons.
• The Monument is made of white marble from three quarries in Baltimore County.
• The Washington Monument is open to the public. The gallery is free. Climbing the 227 steps to the for timeless views of the city of Baltimore is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds support keeping the Monument open to the public.