July 4th in DC?

This was our first July 4th in DC!  We decided to head to the National Mall – despite MANY warnings to avoid the crowds, heat, and security lines.

We could have easily enjoyed our balcony view of the fireworks.  Tempting!  But it seemed WRONG to watch from a distance.

And so we nervously ventured out for…

The Capitol Fourth PBS Concert 

It doesn’t get more patriotic than a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture by the National Symphony Orchestra on the National Mall.  We opted for the rehearsal performance on July 3rd.  It was glorious. The security lines were short. Kenny Loggins sang Footloose. The Husband was giddy. The kids ran and played.

Capital Fourth

The July 4th National Independence Day Parade 

This parade is charming and has a small-town feel.  High school bands, Miss America, and oversized helium balloons whisked by us on the National Mall.

parade bands



parade watchers

 parade balloons

The July 4th Fireworks – of course!

I can’t think of a better backdrop for this display of red, white, and blue. It was a sight to see – even on a misty, foggy night.

DC fireworks

July 4th is one of our favorite Holidays.  Last year, we said goodbye to dear friends over an All-American party.

Dallas friends

And for years, we hosted an annual July 4th party for friends and neighbors. It started out small and grew to over 100 people.  I loved it!

Dallas porch

This year, was different.  And while a part of me longed to be decorating my wrap-around porch in Dallas, I felt a nudge to embrace the new.  And so I did.  Embracing where you are is always a good thing.

Happy July 4th from my Home to yours!

DC balcony with flags

If you find yourself in DC for July 4th, here is a list of fun!

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8 Responses to July 4th in DC?

  1. I loved seeing your flags hanging from your balcony — my favorite part of your 4th of July story. God bless America!

    • I think July 4th makes me the most homesick for Dallas. All those summer memories are hard not to think about…hugs girlfriend.

  2. Your urban experiment inspires adventure and passion! I love living in America where freedom encouraged both!

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