Kidriffic Events for July 4-7, 2013, 4th of July Special Edition

HAPPY  FOURTH OF JULY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! Thank God for a day off (let’s just be honest) and for an opportunity to celebrate the the good ole U.S.A.! I have the mini-me’s outfit ready and even my own owww! My husband is firing up the grill as we speak and he’s right on time because there are few things I love more from a bbq than a burnt hot dog! We’re gonna stick close to home today, celebrating all day in Maryland for the first time ever. If you’re stuck on what to do, check out the events below and perhaps you too can celebrate in your own neighborhood!

FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS

WASHINGTON, DC:

National Independence Day Parade
Constitution Avenue NW, 7th-17th Streets
When:
11:45am
Admission:
Free
Join the crowd on Constitution Avenue to watch the annual Independence Day parade! Take in the site sof the floats, marching bands, jumbo balloons and more. You would want to get there early to secure a good spot! And don’t forget to bring your water!

Independence Day Celebration
National Mall
When:
all day (and evening)
Admission:
Free
Once the parade is over, head on over to the national mall for a day of 4th of July fun. Enjoy the Folklife Festival, picnics and more.  Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the annual concert will not be held this year. The fireworks begin at 9:10pm.

A Capitol Fourh
West Lawn on the Capitol
When:
8-9:30p. Admissions begins at at 3pm
Admission:
Free
Orchestra and several pop artists will perform partriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. You can see the fireworks from here, so it’s a great two in one deal! Performances this year include Neil Diamond performing his song again, Darren Criss from Glee, American Idol winner Candice Glover, the National Symphony Orchestra and many more exciting acts. And Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars” is hosting once again.

America’s Pasttime
Nationals Park
When:
11:05am
Admission:
Ticket prices vary
They say baseball is America’s game (I disagree, it’s totally FOOTBALL!!!), so why not spend the day at Nats Park? Watch the teams play on the 4th when the Nats don their blue patriotic uniforms as part of the Patriotic Series AND be part of the audience as Neil Diamond debuts his new single that honors Boston Marathon victims. Tickets are available for all of the games.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
National Archives
When:
10am – 4pm
Admission:
Free
Celebrate July 4th at the National Archives Building with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. There will also be historical guests and family activities from 11am – 4pm. The full schedule of events is available on the National Archives website.

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VIRGINIA:

Falls Church 4th of July Celebration
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
When: 7pm
Admission: Free
Entertainment begins at 7pm with a live performance by The Apple Core, co-sponsored by the Village Preservation and Improvement Society as a part of this summer’s Concerts in the Park Series. The Falls Church City Concert Band will perform during the concert’s intermission. Fireworks will follow at 9:20pm.

An American Celebration
Mount Vernon
When:
8am – 5pm
Admission:
$15/adults, $7/ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under
Enjoy daytime fireworks at the home of George Washington. Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.”

Arlington’s Independence Day Party
Long Bridge Park, Arlington, VA
When:
8am – 5pm
Admission:
Free
The Verve Pipe will perform and family-friendly events like face-painting, kickball and lawn games will take place.
Vienne Fireworks Festival
Vienna Community Center
127 Center St. S., Vienna, VA
When:
11 a.m.
Admission:
Free

Events include a pet parade, chili cook-off and arts & crafts. Fireworks start at 9:15.

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MARYLAND:

Bowie 4th of July Celebration
Prince George’s Stadium
4101 Crain Hwy  Bowie, MD
When: 7pm
Admission: Free
The fireworks have moved from Allen Pond Park in Bowie to Baysox Field. Entertainment begins at 7pm, and fireworks will start at 9:15pm.

Rockville 4th of July Celebration
Montgomery College – Rockville Campus
51 Mannakee Street
When:
7-9:45pm
Admission:
Free
Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration will include music, entertainment and fireworks.

University of Maryland July 4th Celebration
Lot 1 at University of Maryland
When: 5pm
Admission: Free
Join the University of Maryland for a free concert and fireworks spectacular. Concessions (hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water) open at 5pm, entertainment by The Rock-n-Roll Relics begins at 7pm, and the fireworks show will start at dusk, about 9pm. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed.

Gaithersburg’s Fourth of July Celebration
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
When: 5pm
Admission: Free
A lively concert will open with “Elizabeth Phil & Chris” at 5:30 p.m. and headliner “The Lloyd Dobler Effect” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Strolling entertainers and family-friendly games and activities will delight kids of all ages. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

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OTHER WEEKEND EVENTS:

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall
When: All weekend
Admission: Free
The annual Folklife Festival is held on the national mall every summer. You will have the chance to visit special exhibits, performances, demonstrations and more. Make sure to dress for the weather and take water bottles with you.

Summer Fun Deal
The NewseumNational Mall
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
When: Now – Labor Day
Admission: Adults – $21.95 + tax, Kids thru age 18 admitted free
Every year the Newseum waives the admissions fee for youth visitors. Up to four kids can get in free with each paid adult admission or Press Pass membership. The Summer fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days.  I personally wnat to go to see the 9/11 exhibit. There is an area where kids can go pretend to be a news reporter, take a ride up a glass hydraulic elevator to a balcony that overlooks DC. Great fun for everyone.

American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt
American Girl Store
Tyson’s Corner Center, McLean, VA
When: July 5, 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Come learn about the American Girl characters by taking a scavenger hunt through the store and getting a free American Girl poster.

Summer Evening Concert Series
Lubber Run Amphitheater
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50), Arlington, VA
When: Now through August 3 at 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
bring the whole family to enjoy music, theater and dance concerts under the stars. On July 5 Colleen Shanley and Grand Junction will perform.

Live Animal Show
Clearwater Nature Center
11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, MD
When: July 6 10-11 a.m..
Admission: $2 for residents; $3 for non-residents
Come out to meet some of the nature center’s live animals like snakes, turtles, toads, or other live animals. Pre-registration through SMARTLink is strongly encouraged.

Movin’and Groovin’
National Gallery of Art
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC
When: July 6 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free
This film celebrates the joy of dance with characters who twist, twirl, shake and stamp their way through life.


Woodcarving Lessons
Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Rd  Great Falls, VA
When: July 7 noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Bring the kids to meet woodcarders who will help them carve creatures out of a block of wood.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day
Leesylvania State Park
Woodbridge, VA
When: July 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
This is a great event for the family! Pick up some scissors and bring a teddy to make blankets for kids that could use a nice, warm blanket.

ImaginAsia: Children’s Toys
Freer and Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
When: July 7, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Use an activity guide to explore the exhibition “One Man’s Search for Ancient China.” Make your own miniature clay person, animal or object.

~JM

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