Weekend Round Up July 3, 2019

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The National Archives. Courtesy NARA.

Topping off tomorrow’s Fourth of July celebration in D.C. — featuring, as ever, the National Independence Day Parade and “A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast by PBS — will be President Trump’s “Salute to America” at the Lincoln Memorial, complete with two M1 Abrams tanks and flyovers by aircraft expected to include F-35s and the Blue Angels. You can also mark the nation’s 243rd birthday at the National Archives and the Rooftop at the Graham Georgetown. For more July events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

‘L’homme Cirque’ at Strathmore

World-famous high-wire dancer David Dimitri, a veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus, is performing as a one-man circus on the grounds of Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Final performances are: Wednesday, July 3, and Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 7, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $75. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Family Day at the National Archives

Free Family Day activities on Thursday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boeing Learning Center of the National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets, will include a scavenger hunt, making colonial-style wigs and signing the Declaration of Independence. For details, visit archivesjuly4.org or call 202-357-5000.

National Independence Day Parade

The nation’s biggest Independence Day parade will step off at 11:45 a.m. from the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW on Thursday, July 4, proceeding along Constitution Avenue to 17th Street NW. Along with floats, military units, celebrities and dignitaries, bands and drum corps from all over the United States will participate. For details, visit july4thparade.com.

‘A Capitol Fourth’

America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8 to 9:30 p.m. John Stamos will host the free event, which will include performances by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly, Vanessa Williams, the O’Jays, Carole King and the Broadway cast of “Beautiful” and various Muppets. For details, visit pbs.org.

Fourth of July at the Graham Rooftop

From noon on Thursday, July 4, to 2 a.m. on Friday, July 5, the Rooftop at the Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, will hold a celebration called “Red, White & Blue Skies.” Tickets are $100, including an all-you-can eat barbecue buffet and music by a live DJ. “Views” tables of 10, including two bottles of bubbly, unlimited food and a dedicated server, are $2,500. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-337-0900.

The Great American Baseball Card

On Friday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, James L. Gates Jr., library director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will give a free talk, “Cardboard Culture,” discussing the origins of baseball cards and other trading cards and their growth in popularity. For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-5000.

Friday Nights in the Heights

Also on Friday, July 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Caiso Steel Band will bring sounds of the Caribbean to Cathedral Heights as part of Friday Nights in the Heights, presented by Cathedral Commons. The free event, also including activities for kids and opportunities to shop, dine and dance, will take place on Newark Street at Wisconsin Avenue NW. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

First Studio at the Kreeger

The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, will present a First Studio for children aged 3 to 5 on Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. The hour-long program — limited to 10 children, each accompanied by a single adult — includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $10 per child. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.

Workshop: Thinking in 3D

Also on Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants in a workshop at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Virginia, will learn basic sculpting techniques: thinking in three dimensions; using knives, rasps and saws to carve their designs in soapstone or plaster and vermiculite; then sanding and finishing their work. Tuition is $65 plus a materials fee of $15 for plaster and vermiculite and $35 for soapstone. For details, visit delrayartisans.org or call 703-838-4827.

The Biz of Blooms

Each participant in this full day of hands-on learning from LB Innovations about the business of floral design — on Sunday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — will design at least three modern styles using all live flowers: a large hydrangea arrangement, a romantic bouquet and a jewel-tone multipurpose arrangement. The topics covered will include ordering flowers, real flower recipes, preparing the invoice, presenting design concepts, prepping and caring for stems, mechanics, creating designs and styling for scale. Tuition, including a continental breakfast, a working lunch and a set of tools to take home, is $99. The class will be held at a private location in Fort Washington, Maryland (address provided at registration). For details, visit eventbrite.com.

‘Reptiles Alive’ at Lubber Run

Arlington Cultural Affairs will present “Reptiles Alive,” with a wildlife educator introducing an exotic and colorful cast of snakes, lizards and turtles, on Sunday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at Lubber Run Amphitheater, North 2nd and North Columbus Streets in Arlington, Virginia. Admission to this kid-friendly program is free. For details, visit arts.arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-1850.

Jazz in the Basement

Also on Sunday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW, will host a free Jazz in the Basement performance by drummer Kelton Norris’s quartet, also featuring trombonist Jerrick Matthews, guitarist Francisco Quintero and bassist Romeir Mendez. Originally from Raleigh, Mississippi, Norris is known across the D.C. jazz scene for his fiery and collaborative playing. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

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