It’s not all about the fireworks at the celebration of our independence in the nation’s Capitol! Here are five ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Washington before the fireworks finale:
1. Celebrate America by enjoying one of its favorite pastimes: baseball! The Washington Nationals are home all week, kicking off Independence Day celebrations against the Milwaukee Brewers and wrapping up the weekend against the San Diego Padres. Visit www.washingtonnationals.com for information and tickets.
2. Join in the cultures and traditions that make up the diverse American population at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. There’s enough food, dance and activities to feel as if you’ve traveled the world in a day! The Festival is held on the National Mall every day between July 3 and July 7. For a schedule of events visit http://www.festival.si.edu/index.aspx.
3. Think the 4th of July should just be a delayed Spring Break? Brightest Young Thing’s pool party may be your style – it’s held at the Capitol Skyline Hotel and tickets are $15. It’s a good idea to buy them in advance at http://bytjuly4.eventbrite.com/.
4. Take a break from the heat to attend the Annual Independence Day Organ Recital at the National Cathedral at 11 a.m. The event is free but event parking is $10. http://www.nationalcathedral.org/events/OR20130704.shtml has more information.
5. Watch history come to life at the National Archives, where actors impersonate the Founding Fathers as they tell the tales of our nation’s history. The events begin at 11:00 a.m. and wrap up at 2:00 p.m. Visit http://www.archives.gov/ for more.