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.