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Fun Ideas for a Bang-Up Fourth
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009

Independence Day Organ Concert
At 11 AM on July 4, Washington National Cathedral hosts an annual organ concert, with cathedral organists Scott Dettra and Christopher Jacobson play an all-American recital of classical and popular music. This year’s program, marking the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, features a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” complete with a narrator reading excerpts from the former President’s speeches and letters. General-admission seating is free, but tickets to sit in the Great Choir are $40. Everyone is encouraged to RSVP here. (Note: There’s a $2 online service fee to RSVP, even for free tickets.)

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate holds a daylong celebration on the Fourth. The jam-packed schedule includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Revolutionary War reenactors (9:30 AM), a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb (10 AM), a patriotic concert (noon), and Revolutionary War demonstrations (2:30). New this year are a smoke-fireworks show at 12:45 and a naturalization ceremony for a hundred new citizens at 11. Admission to the estate is $15 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6 to 11, free for kids 5 and under.

Summer Camp Fourth of July Edition: Fat Camp
The folks of Brightest Young Things are hosting a special pool party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel to celebrate Independence Day. The day-long event will feature food, music by Fatback DJs, a pig roast, and costume contests. For tIckets ($10) and more information, click here.


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