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Valentine’s Day in D.C. Celebrated in Many Different Ways

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell has to celebrate long-distance this year

There's something for everyone this Valentine's Day in D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
There's something for everyone this Valentine's Day in D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Valentine’s Day will never be as fun as it was in lower school when everyone in the class gave you a Valentine.

It’s another session day this year, and for many members of Congress that means time away from their loved ones.

While Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell goes to work in D.C., her husband and predecessor, former Rep. John D. Dingell, is at home in Dearborn.

“For us, Valentine’s Day is every day,” the congresswoman said.

But Feb. 14 is also an anniversary for the couple. They first married in a civil ceremony, but had their Catholic ceremony on Feb. 14, 1983.

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Former Michigan Rep. John D. Dingell and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell are doing Valentine’s Day long-distance this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

John D. Dingell is the longest-serving member of Congress. “The Dean” gave his wife “a diamond heart pendant, which I’m wearing,” she said. “I still have it after all these years.”

The couple will talk on the phone on Valentine’s Day, but they had a homemade dinner in Michigan together last Sunday.

Even those with loved ones closer than halfway across the country had to celebrate over the weekend — they don’t know how late they might have to work on Tuesday.

For those who have time for a date tonight, there are some great restaurant options available both on and off Capitol Hill.

On the Hill, 201 Bar (201 Mass Ave. NE) is hosting a Valentine’s Social with free appetizers from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP at You can mingle if you’re over 18. The bar is also hosting a singles mixer from 7 to 10 p.m. and no RSVP is required.

Union Pub (201 Mass Ave. NE) has Valentine’s Day-themed trivia at 8 p.m. and some provocatively named drink specials.

For an inexpensive date, Panorama Productions is hosting an event, Love&Pizza, at Soundcheck (1420 K St. NW) and giving away free pizza from &pizza from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

If you’re in the mood to be entertained, singer Patti LaBelle is performing at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW) at 8 p.m., singer Rick Astley has a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) at 7 p.m., and a tribute to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is at the Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. SE) at 7:30 p.m.

If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW) has two Valentine’s Day shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Drafthouse Comedy (1100 13th St. NW) has a 7 p.m. show.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 14: Rick McCollum sells heart shaped balloons for Valentine's Day outside of Union Station. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
You can still get a gift last minute today. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

And if you need gift ideas, Groupon has a 50-percent-off coupon for custom M&Ms, and 20 percent off all last-minute gifts.

For those of you celebrating on your own, Hooters will give you 10 boneless wings with a purchase of 10 wings if you shred a photo of your ex at one of their restaurants or online at

And, if you’re in the mood for an adventure, there are attractions around D.C. celebrating the day.

Franklin Park (13th and I St. NW) has an art installation from sunset to 11 p.m., the National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW) has a free interactive art exhibit entitled “Seeing Deeper: Love to the World” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) has two-for-the-price-of-one admissions through Feb. 28.

Whether you hit the town, are working into the night, have a loved one far away or choose to stay in, HOH hopes you have a great Valentine’s Day.