Description - In his 1941 State of the Union Address, as the nation prepared for war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spelled out "Four Freedoms" as a reminder of what we must fight for. From the days of his first Presidential campaign during the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt spoke directly to the people. "I pledge you, I pledge myself," he said in his 1932 acceptance speech, "to a new deal for the American people." Four years later, he proclaimed, "This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny." Throughout his Presidency, 1933 - 1945, he addressed America by radio in what came to be known as fireside chats. Each idea, each phrase was underscored by courage and optimism that inspired no less in the people he served.
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
More than 50 years after Roosevelt's death, his own words call out from the walls of his memorial as if he were somehow present. Those of us who know FDR only as an historical figure will recognize these words by their association with great and catastrophic events. For the many Americans who lived through the Roosevelt years, the words recall personal struggles and triumphs during 12 years that seemed like a lifetime.
- Twelve years of American history are traced through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, each devoted to one of FDR's four terms in office. Sculpture inspired by photographs depicts the 32nd President. A 10-foot statue shows him in a wheeled chair; a bas-relief depicts him riding in a car during his first inaugural.
There are many nearby places for visitor and family activities. Around the Tidal Basin, there are paddle boats that can be rented an hour at a time. The pavilion closes at dusk. The cost is $7-8 per hour. The Watergate building nearest to Virginia Avenue, has Thompson's Boat House were you can rent bikes and fishing equipment for use. It is also located nearby a walking and biking path that is connected to Georgetown and nearby Rock Creek Park.
Recreation - The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The interpretive ranger staff are there from 8 AM to 12 AM Monday through Sunday. Bookstore hours are 8 AM to 10 PM. All restroom facilities close 15 minutes prior to midnight.
Climate - Washington, D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be bitterly cold or pleasantly mild while summers can be miserably hot and humid or agreeably warm. The average January temperature is 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). The average July temperature is 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year to visit the area, temperatures are mild with low humidity.
The memorial is on West Basin Drive. Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.