Join our day of action Saturday, March 30.

In 2011, more than 12,000 children in Gaza flew kites on the beach, setting a new world record for most kites flown simultaneously. Devastatingly, more children have been killed in the first five months of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza than flew kites in 2011.

Please join us on Saturday, Mar. 30, in DC or virtually from around the world, to fly kites for a cease-fire in Gaza. This event echoes an event taking place earlier in the week in Gaza, where children and families will fly kites to honor the 15,000+ children killed by the Israeli military. In DC, we’ll be at the kite festival happening as part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. We will be flying 44 white kites in honor of the late Professor Refaat Alareer and his poem 'If I Must Die.' We hope you will join us in making, displaying, and flying kites to help amplify the call for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Here's how you can participate:

Join us on Mar. 30 at the Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, DC, where together we will fill the sky with kites in solidarity with Palestine. You can find AFSC between 10am and 2pm at the southeast corner of 17th and Constitution NW, where you and your family can fly kites. As you fly your kite, let it symbolize the interminable hope and resilience that the people of Gaza have demonstrated to us.


We will have a limited number of kites. You can also build kites at Friends Place with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Find more information here


Want to buy a kite kit? The Museum of the Palestine People will be selling $14 canvas kite kits at their museum, 1900 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, Friday 3-8pm and on Saturday 12-6pm. Proceeds go to preserving Palestinian culture.


You will also have the opportunity to engage with our art installation, made by local D.C. artists, in honor of the late Refaat Alareer and his poem “If I Must Die.” We look forward to seeing you there!


Time: Saturday, March 30, 2024 10am - 2pm 


Rain Date: Sunday, March 31, 2024 10am - 2pm


Address for festival: Washington Monument Grounds, 130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006


Address for meet up: 17th St. & Constitution Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20560

Be sure to tag AFSC on Facebook, X, Instagram, or TikTok and use the hashtag #KitesForGaza . Kites of all kinds are welcome, whether they are meant to fly or are part of an art installation.