Washington, DC – July 1999

If any city knows how to throw a 4th of July blowout, it’s DC. Being the Nation’s Capital, they not only have to throw one helluva party but also need to put all our hard-earned tax dollars to good use. With so many events, I guarantee you’ll find something to make this day unforgettable!

Single, carefree and know how to hold your beer? 1st stop…

DC’s Largest Street Festival

Freedom Fest ’99
Sunday July 4th, 11am thru 9:30pm
Inside/Outside MCI Center

F Street from 6th to 9th Avenue N.W.
Metro: Red Line to Gallery Place/Chinatown
4 Stages, 20 Bands, $10 Bucks

Current Band Line-Up: (Say Who????)
Violent Femmes; Fighting Gravity; 2 Skinny J’s; Jimmies Chicken Shack;
The Ernies; Fetish; Modern Yesterday; Mary Prankster; SEV; Mile Post Nine; Carbon Leaf; Soul Purpose; Colouring Lesson; Citizen Cope; Sampson; Good Night Gracie; Gonzo’s Nose and more to
be announced!!!

Ticket Info
Tickets: $10.00 with Can Goods/$12.00 without . (Can goods benefit The DC Central Kitchen) All tickets sold at the entrance (no advance sales).

Are you a little hungry or just wanna go crazy? 2nd stop…

July 4th Backyard Barbecue
11am – 9pm
19th & M Street, N.W.
Metro: Red line Dupont Circle

Bands, Bikini Fashion Shows, DC’s Mr. Buns Contest (I’ll let you know who wins!); Skate and Bike demos; Watermelon seed spitting contest ($500 cash prize).

For more information go to www.dc101.com

Want a PBS family oriented good time? – then the Congressional Concert at Capitol Hill will fit the bill. Right on the
steps of the Capitol, thousands of people gather for a free concert (4 – 7pm). An eclectic mix of jazz, country, gospel
and Navy/Army bands will keep you musically challenged.


July 4th Fireworks

Hang out with friends and get a good spot for the most incredible fireworks display ever, down by the Washington Monument. Concerts begin at 4pm and the fireworks start at 9:30pm. Alcohol is prohibited but last year I mixed pineapple juice with rum and hid them under my subway sandwiches and no one was the wiser! Bring lots of
sunscreen – all the shade is located away from the action.

Word of warning – there are over 100,000 spectators and you will have a very long wait (2 hours) to get on the metro – good excuse to check out the local pubs in the area!

DC’s Largest Street Festival – Pubs
DC Live – 932 F Street. NW
Fado’s – 808 F Street, N.W.
Irish Times – 14th & F Street NW
The Rock – 717 F Street NW

Capital Hill – Pubs
Politiki – 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE

July 4th Backyard Barbecue – Pubs
Tequila Grill – 1990 K Street NW
MadHatter – 1831 M Street NW

Art Night – every Thursday until 8pm

  • Freer Gallery of Art – Celebrate the Chinese Culture with new films from Hong Kong, and 14th Century Chinese Paintings

  • Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Celebrate their 25th Anniversary with films and Latin music outdoors.

  • National Museum of African Art – July 22nd, hear the joyful music of Southern Africa, make your own colorful headwrap.

  • Arthur M. Sackler – Experience a little piece of India with the great goddess Devi. Chitra Krishmanurti and company perform classical dances or take an ImaginAsia tour with your 6-12 year old children.

    Capital SoulFest
    July 17 – 18
    Bull Run Park – Fairfax, Virginia
    A weekend of classic soul jams featuring James Brown, Ashford & Simpson, The S.O.S. Band, Peabo Bryson, The Commodores as well as a live DJ, Arts & Crafts and ethnic foods.

    My name is Mercedes, and I live in the Nation’s Capital Washington D.C.

    I was born in New York, raised in Miami, and have been living in this spectacular cultural den for the past two years.

    My decision to become a correspondent is totally selfish; I want to gain travel writing experience before I begin my year long journey through South East Asia.

    Hopefully, my article will not only be informative but have personality as I take you on a virtual tour and show you Washington through my eyes (let’s pray my vision is 20/20!).

    How it all began:
    My love affair with this magnificent city began on a random visit four years ago.

    Having returned from Europe the previous year, I was transfixed by the city’s resemblance to Paris.

    My eyes were filled with panoramic views of majestic buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and rainbow colored tulips.

    Just when I thought I had seen the most beautiful part of Washington, I caught sight of a spectacular cupola rising in the distance – Capitol Hill.

    If you are not good at making decisions, Washington will leave you in indecisive limbo.

    The monuments are beautiful day and night, with hundreds of fabulous restaurants and a metro that will challenge you to explore even the most hidden treasures.

    What’s my favorite thing about DC? Free museums!

    Into music? Then catch a free concert at the Kennedy Center.

    Into more progressive sounds? Then check out these websites for upcoming concerts and hotspots.

    Want to just sit and relax?

    Then find your way over to the Washington Monument, plop down your backpack, take out your favorite book and watch the world pass before your eyes.

    Washington Monument

    Washington DC’s resources are endless, and I will do my best to share them all with you.

    Youth Hostels

    Capitol Hill Guest House

    Hotel Information


    Sorry – I refuse to send anyone to a mall other than the
    Washington Mall but if you cannot resist the urge
    sidewalk.com should lead you to some shopping


    If you have bad knees or are not into walking – here is a
    tourmobile site that will take you to all major monuments.
    It will cost between $25 – 32 USD, but is worth it if you don’t
    have much time to spare.

    I want my Internet!!!

    Cafemyth.com – hottest new cyber café in Georgetown gives students free computer usage with I.D.
    3241 M. Street, NW 202.625.6984

    Brief Trivia

  • Did you know that we have Thomas Jefferson to thank for American’s daily use of tomatoes…?

    Yes, it’s true. It was 1701 when Jefferson took the first bite of the fruit that was then believed to be poisonous.

  • Each day in Arlington, Virginia, 15,000 meals are served at The Pentagon.

    The Pentagon is also the world’s largest office building, encompassing more than 583 acres.

  • What do presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson have in common?

    They were all born and raised in Virginia. More U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia than any other state.

    Did you know that if you turn the Kennedy Center on it’s side, it is taller than the Washington Monument?

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