Being Social: the Weekend of 07.01.11

1 Jul

Don't you wish you were this cool?

Starting this weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife festival on the National Mall will exhibit the power of words in African American culture, music in Latino America, and the rich culture of Wales.  It is free and is every day from 11 am to 5:30 pm from June 30-July 4 and July 7-11.

July 2

2 pm- 10 pm
The over-hyped Uncle Sam Jam at the National Harbour is $15, and as with all massive parties, it’ll have food and booze to buy, and music acts such as The Wailers, Blind Melon, and some crazy group called Lethal Peanut.
The Red White and Booze party at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan sounds a bit more exciting . There’s an ope bar for 8-9 if you pre-register, and if not, there’s still $3 domestic bottles and patriotic Budweiser tall boy cans, $4 mixed rails, $5 Sam Adams and American flag jello shots!  Woohoo!  (via Metromix)

July 3

5 pm- 1 am
The Independence Day Burger Bash at Policy may be the most anticipated event this Fourth of July weekend.   This all night party will include $5 burgers with allegedly 10 toppings to choose from, as well as $3 PBR, $4 domestics and spiked root beer (yum?!) (via Metromix)

2 pm
The $20 National FreedomFest, which, according to Metromix  is a two-day music extravaganza, returns with a powerful lineup and a brand-new venue: the recently completed Yards Park on DC’s riverfront. The all-American party will feature 40+ Bands and DJs on 5 stages, including the Dirty Heads and Yolanda Be Cool.

July 4

DC has a tradition of  hosting zillions of parties, so just Google where you want to go and there will be a ton to do  and eat. Here are the highlights:

Yeah, fifes!

10 am – 2 pm
The National Archives Fourth of July Celebration will be on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building.  There will be a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps and a dramatic reading of the Declaration by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin from 10-11am. (via Metromix)


Mondays always have an Organ recital at the National Cathedral.  Since it’s on Independence day, this one looks to be a little more special, hosting will also feature the Washington Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters and it will include the 1812 Overture!  If you can’t make it, it will be webcast as well!  Woohoho!

The National Independence Day Parade down Constitution begins.  Get there early to get a good view!  I recommend also camping near a public building so you can cool down if need be.

2 pm
The National FreedomFest continues.

Independance Grillin’ w/DC BRAU begins – Load up or $4 DC-brewed ale and eat burgers while listening to “the music for an Independent Nation”.  (Via Washingtonian)

A Capitol Fourth Concert.  Though seating starts at 3pm, you have to be crazy to picnic there just to get a front row view of this televised concert, which is hosted annually on the lawn of the Capitol (it’s a lot better to watch on PBS – no people, bad weather, nor nightmare exodus afterwards).  The lineup includes Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison and the National Symphony Orchestra.  (When I went six years ago, Elmo was there!)

The concert ends with Fireworks at the National Mall, which can be seen from anywhere on the mall, on high buildings, or on the Virginia banks of the Potomac.

Costumes may or may not be encouraged, but...

Also, start honing your Angry Birds skills! On July 14 there will be an Angry Birds game tournament in Crystal City!


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