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Fun Ideas for a Bang-Up Fourth
There’s lots to do on the Fourth of July beyond the fireworks on the Mall. Here are some great events in Washington to help you celebrate. By Emily Leaman
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009

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Know of an event not listed here? E-mail eleaman@washingtonian.com.

Midtown Liberty Bar Tour
On July 2, Dupont Circle bars will host a patriotic bar crawl featuring food and drink specials such as $2 Coors Light, $3 Blue Moon, and half-price burgers, wings, and more. The event starts at Mackey's Public House at 5 PM and continues to Rumors, Singapore Bistro, Recessions, Black Rooster Pub, James Hoban's Irish Bar, Madhatter, the Front Page, Ozio, Steve's Bar Room, and Public Bar. The event costs $13 or $10 if you bring two cans of food, which will be donated to Manna Food Center. You can also pay in advance online for discounted tickets of $9. All the information is here

Block Party at the Willard
Café du Parc, next door to the Willard InterContinental hotel, hosts a Fourth of July celebration featuring live music by the Virginia rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter. The band will play during dinner (5 to 9), which features a special menu item: the Paris-Washington hamburger ($20.95)—a beef patty topped with Ossau-Irraty cheese, pancetta, and tomato. Plus there’ll be an outdoor crepe station and grill offering barbecue classics ($8 to $15) to go. Call 202-942-7000 for reservations.

Gaylord National’s July 3 Celebration
On July 3, head to the Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor for an Independence Day-themed street festival featuring live music, food by Lefty’s Barbecue, kids’ rides and activities, a wine garden, and fireworks. Admission to the festival, which runs from 4:30 to 9:30, is $5 (under age 5 free). For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

Adult Swim: Washington's Patriotic Pool Party
Lindy Promotions is sponsoring an all-day pool extravaganza at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, with food, drinks and games, on July 3. Baseball tickets and other giveaways will be raffled. The party starts at noon.

Fourth of July at the National Archives
The National Archives, which houses America’s founding documents, goes all out on the Fourth. The celebration gets under way at 10 AM with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Constitution Avenue steps. From 11 to 2, there are family activities, such as meet-and-greets with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson impersonators and a treasure hunt inside the museum. Don’t miss the exhibit “Big!,” which celebrates the Archives’ 75th anniversary. It features giant printouts of the Articles of Confederation, a map of the Gettysburg battlefield, and the Declaration of Independence. Just for fun, Shaquille O’Neal’s size-22 sneakers and a dinosaur footprint are also part of the exhibit. The National Archives will close at 9 PM July 3 through 5.

White House Visitor Center Events
The White House Visitor Center hosts family events on July 4 staring at 9 AM. Activities include games, crafts, and more celebrating America’s independence.

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