International Pillow Fight Day in D.C. 2020

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On International Pillow Fight Day each year, massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world, and if you're in the Washington, D.C. area, you can join the fun near the Washington Monument on April 6, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The International Pillow Fight Day is organized by Newmindspace, an event production, community organization, and art installation company that produces free all-ages events around North America including bubble battles, subway parties, and lightsaber fights. While this annual event started in 2008 as two small gatherings in New York City and Toronto, other cities in the United States and Canada have joined in the fun since.

In the past for the D.C. event, Newmindspace has partnered with Capitol Improv to produce the Pillow Fight at the National Mall. Remember to keep your safety and the safety of other attendees in mind when you participate; after all, it's meant to be a fun way to get together and relieve stress. Note the following rules in order to prevent any unnecessary harm during the event.

Rules for Participating in the Pillow Fight

This all-ages event is open to anyone with a pillow, but there are a few rules Newmindspace has laid out in order to prevent anyone getting seriously injured or leaving too big of a mess.

Organizers ask that you swing pillows lightly, and since this event has a large number of child participants, be mindful of who you're swinging at. Additionally, you shouldn't swing at people with camera equipment or without pillows and should remove your glasses beforehand.

Participants are also asked to not bring down pillows as the feathers will get everywhere if the pillow bursts. Guests should also put their pillows in a kitchen trash bag before wrapping them in a pillowcase to ensure none of the stuffing gets out. 

Some people even decorate their pillowcases or form into teams of pillowcase warriors. Check out this year's Facebook page for inspiration before you go. A customized pillowcase is a great way to make a statement and maybe even make new friends in the fray.

Additional Details About the Pillow Fight

The D.C. International Pillow Fight Day 2020 event will take place on the National Mall. You'll be able to take part in the fun with a great view of the Washington Monument. 

Just a short walk away from the Smithsonian Metro, you can easily reach this part of D.C. via public transit, but parking along the National Mall will be quite difficult this time of year. The event lasts from 3 to 4 p.m., but participants are asked to stay after the pillow fight to help clean up any debris leftover from burst pillows.

If you can't make it to Washington, D.C., International Pillow Fight events will take place in a number of cities throughout the world this year. Other host cities from include Asheville, Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, Seattle, Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Vancouver, to name just a few.

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