4th of JULY DC-STYLE

Everyone who lives here knows that Washington DC residents flee the city for Fourth of July. But some of you might be staying put this weekend….

Alas, if you are of the few avoiding traffic jams and celebrating 4th of July in the Nations Capital, the FITgals are here to help!

National Mall Independence Day Celebration
Looking to celebrate the Fourth in the District this year? Well what better than seeing a firework display at the national mall. But wait, check out this list of all the festivities going on that day:

Parade: 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A Capital Fourth Concert: 8-9:30 p.m.
A Capitol Fourth concert on the U.S. Capitol’s west lawn will feature the following artists this year: Hunter Hayes, Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Meghan Linsey, KC and The Sunshine Band, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Robert Davi, Jack Everly, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington and more! Click here to view all performers!

Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. (17 minutes long) The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.
Click here for more info

Best Places to View the National Mall Fireworks:
U.S. Capitol

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

FDR Memorial

East Potomac Park

Rooftop Bars in Washington, D.C.

Rooftop of the W Hotel (tickets required)

Anywhere along the National Mall between 14th Street and the Capitol

The National Archives, home of the original Declaration of Independence, holds great Fourth of July festivities that are fun for the whole family. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ceremony, including a presentation of colors, patriotic performances and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

If you want to see something really special this July 4th, head to the National Museum of American History to behold the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen The Star-Spangled Banner. The 30-by 34-foot flag is on display in a special chamber accompanied by an interactive table which allows you to learn fascinating details about the flag and how it was made. The exhibition also explores the flag’s history and the incredible influence of the song that it inspired.

The Willard InterContinental Hotel, just steps from the White House, decks out its lobby and opens its doors for its annual Fourth of July block party. The Willard’s acclaimed restaurant, Café du Parc, offers up American barbecue classics and a crepe station, all set to a soundtrack of American tunes from a live rock band.

Go Nats! Check out America’s classic game: Baseball!

And…it can’t be a FIT post without a little FITNESS. So get your 5k on in VA or MD on July 4th. Check out these firecracker 5k’s!

Kinder Farm Park in Millersville, MD Firecracker 5k!

Firecracker for the Troops 5k in Fairfax!

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy! Happy Fourth of July from the FITgals!

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(yes…this is a picture from New Year’s Eve in Cartagena, Columbia….but a firework is a firework!)

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