Weekend Picks: 4th of July in DC

Libby Bierman is serving as the Program Advisor for the 2010 Institute on Business and Government Affairs.  Her blog entry is the fourth in a series of “Weekend Picks” for TFAS interns spending their summer in DC.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian National Folklife Festival
Time: 11:00am-5:30pm
Location: The National Mall
From July 1–5, 2010, the Folklife Festival will take over the Mall; it showcases ethnically and culturally diverse traditions from areas like México and Asia Pacific. Smithsonian curators will also give small seminars that explore Smithsonian secrets. There is no admission charge. To get there, take the metro to the Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza, or Archive stops. For more info, see http://www.festival.si.edu/.

National Independence Day Parade
Parade Start Time: 11:45am, July 4th
Parade Route: Constitution Ave. & 7th-17th Streets
Washington, DC’s 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIPs. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot.

4th of July at the National Archives
Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm
The National Archives celebrates the 4th of July with special programming celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This includes patriotic music AND a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical re-enactors. Check out the website: www.archives.gov/news/july4.

Concert on the Washington Monument Grounds
Concert Time: 6:00pm
The U.S. Navy Band will perform on the Southwest corner of the grounds of the Washington Monument. The concert includes the talents of the U.S. Navy Concert Band, the Sea Chanters chorus, and the Cruisers, their rock and top-40 ensemble. That portion ends at 7:30pm to be followed by a vignette by the National Park Service. At 8:00pm, the Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble will perform with special guest Jane Monheit.

Fireworks on the Mall

A Capitol Fourth Concert
Concert Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm (Admittance begins at 3:00pm)
Location: West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol
A historic tradition, this live concert features the National Symphony Orchestra and several pop artists including David Archuleta, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire, John Schneider, Jimmy Smits, Darius Rucker, and Lang Lang. The concert is free and open to the public; expect large crowds. There is also a dress rehearsal the evening before which has much smaller crowds but less formality. More information can be found at www.pbs.org/capitolfourth.

Fourth of July Fireworks on the National Mall
Launch Time: At dark, usually around 9:15pm
Launch Location: The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
Please allow extra time for travel as there will be significant crowds, and heightened security measures will be in place. Checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests may be required to enter through a metal detector. Additional great viewing locations include other memorials, Southwest Waterfront 4th of July Festival (tickets required), rooftops of buildings including Village A apartments (Perhaps your internship site’s roof? Be sure to ask.), Potomac cruises, the Key Bridge, Iwo Jima Memorial, and anywhere along the National Mall.

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