D.C. Residents To Get First Look at King Memorial

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 The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park might not be officially dedicated until August 28, but District residents will get the chance to fix their gaze upon it earlier than that. According to details released during a press conference this morning, tens of thousands of tickets to a special D.C. Residents Day at the memorial on August 23 will be passed out to residents. The tickets will apparently be offered through the District’s website and at the King Library after August 18 — general admission tickets to the official unveiling ceremony were all spoken for weeks ago. (But if you want to look at it even sooner than that, you can always swing by West Potomac at 11 a.m. on the 22nd, which is when the cover will be lifted.) The city will play host to a weeklong celebration of King’s legacy, culminating with the official dedication; officials estimate that as many as 250,000 people will come to Washington for the celebration.