Glory be, the Washington Monument is reopening soon! May 12, to be exact.
To celebrate, the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall announced today that the reopening ceremony will be hosted by none other than Today show weather anchor Al Roker. Roker — along with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, philanthropist David Rubenstein (who paid for half of the $15 million Monument repairs), and National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Bob Vogel — will reopen the Monument to the public during the celebration, which begins at 10 a.m.
American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover, along with the Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, the United States Navy Band, and the Boy and Girl Choristers of the Washington National Cathedral Choir, will also perform at the ceremony.
“We’re thrilled to have Al Roker and Candice Glover play such important roles at an event that will celebrate the Washington Monument as well as the man who inspired it,” Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall, said in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist David Rubenstein and the tremendous efforts of the National Park Service, the monument will inspire and delight visitors and residents once again.”
The whole thing is free and open to public, and if you want to get tickets to go up the Monument, well, better start buying now.