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Going to D.C. for Fourth of July - What Should We See?
Self ^ | 6/29/2013 | USConservative

Posted on 06/29/2013 3:32:26 PM PDT by usconservative

Taking the family to Washington DC for the Fourth of July. We'll be there starting July 2nd through 5th. Staying 2 blocks from White House. (No, I won't say anything remotely smart-ass/smart-alecky here.)

I want to see the following:

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery. #1 on my list is to pay my respects to those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

#2 The National Archives where our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and the 1297 version of the Magna Carta are all stored.

#3 Lincoln Memorial

#4 Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Family served in that war, they thankfully came home.)


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Of course we're going to see the Fireworks on the Mall on the 4th of July, see the Washington Memorial (not open), Library of Congress.

What else should we take our two teenage sons to see?

Staying at the AKA Watergate, two blocks from the White House. Hopefully, Barry isn't in town. He's the last person/thing I'd want to see.

Hey, any Freepers on DC over the Fourth?

1 posted on 06/29/2013 3:32:26 PM PDT by usconservative
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Correction: We’re staying at the AKA WhiteHouse. (No idea why I typed “Watergate.”)


2 posted on 06/29/2013 3:33:39 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Used to live there. The fireworks are just the best.

My FAVORITE thing though is the Air & Space museum. They’ve also opened an annex for that at Dulles but did so after I moved away.

Have fun!!!


3 posted on 06/29/2013 3:34:09 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: usconservative
Good choices all. The Korean War Memorial is every bit as haunting as the Viet Nam Wall, particularly if you get there on a foggy morning.

Of the Smithsonians, the National Aerospace is excellent as are the Natural History Museum and National Gallery of Art.

4 posted on 06/29/2013 3:35:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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We’re planning on walking the Mall sometime on the 3rd, so I assume (?) we’ll see everything on the Mall?


5 posted on 06/29/2013 3:36:24 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Maybe you want to add the Watergate to your itinerary?


6 posted on 06/29/2013 3:37:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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It was a freudian slip I tells ya! ;-)


7 posted on 06/29/2013 3:37:41 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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(Note: Wife is looking at this thread too ... don’t none of you break bad on me..)


8 posted on 06/29/2013 3:38:37 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Arlington...Vietnam Wall...WWII Memorial...Korean Way Memorial...Lincoln.For starters.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 3:39:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: usconservative

Next time I go to DC, I want to see the tomb of the US Constitution.


10 posted on 06/29/2013 3:40:03 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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On the fourth of July, the National Archive is supposed to do a live reading of the Constitution in period clothing. Anyone know about this event? We’ve heard about it, but don’t know what time it is ... can anyone help?


11 posted on 06/29/2013 3:40:38 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Nancy Pelosi’s ObamaCare celebration!

Nancy Pelosi: On 4th of July, celebrate Obamacare
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3036510/posts


12 posted on 06/29/2013 3:41:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: usconservative

If you want an experience you’ll never forget, just take a roll on the Whitehouse grass.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 3:41:28 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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Just FYI...don’t know where you’re from but the weather in DC in July will rip the gizzards out of you.Heat *and* humidity.
14 posted on 06/29/2013 3:41:38 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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The only one you mentioned not currently on our list is the Korean War memorial. Is that on the Mall?


15 posted on 06/29/2013 3:41:40 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Fort Marcy Park is nice this time of year.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 3:42:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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I live in the Chicago area. Well versed in heat and humidity that’ll rip the gizzards out of ya! Lake Michigan is one big-ass humidifier!


17 posted on 06/29/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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"we’ll see everything on the Mall?"

There's a lot of stuff there for just one day.

If you've got wheels, Mt. Vernon is quite interesting. The Naval Academy in Annapolis is also worth a trip.

18 posted on 06/29/2013 3:42:43 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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You spend more than a day just walking up and down the mall look at various smaller museums. The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery was good. I thought the modern art gallery was a waste. The aerospace is a little ways out of town and there is more than enough on the mall to fill your time. I also liked the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 3:42:46 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.")
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To: usconservative; a fool in paradise

20 posted on 06/29/2013 3:43:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Fort Marcy Park is nice this time of year.

Ummm, have I done something to offend you or something? Chandra Levy, Vince Foster thought it was nice too and look what happened to them!

21 posted on 06/29/2013 3:43:31 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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It’s either near the Vietnam Wall or the WWII Memorial.I can’t recall which.”Haunting” doesn’t even begin to describe it.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 3:43:38 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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I strongly advise calling your hotel, and asking to speak to the concierge. Mention to him when you plan on being in the area, and the sites you’d like to see, and ask him for advice as to which days of your stay to go visit what. Many years ago when I was there helping with fireworks, most of the mall area was closed down on July 3rd, and you seriously had to plan if you wanted to visit museums on opposite sides of the mall.

If you are driving, make sure you pay attention to local commuter websites, and absolutely note down where traffic cameras are placed. You might actually have the best luck going to Arlington in the morning of the 4th, and should expect little access to the Mall area, but of course the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial are open at most times.

Plan on getting to the Air and Space museum early, and spend quite a bit of time there. They’ll probably love it.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 3:43:46 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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Wife wants to do the Bureau of Engraving and Printing .... she hears they’re pretty busy making money over there.....


24 posted on 06/29/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Too bad you won’t be seeing politicians adorning lamp posts.


25 posted on 06/29/2013 3:44:41 PM PDT by x1stcav (Federal employees are parasites.)
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0 a.m.–11 a.m.
Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony

Presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard*
Performance by the Fife and Drum Corps*
Remarks by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
Dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by special guests including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Ned Hector (portrayed by historical reenactors)
*Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps provided by U.S. 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard


26 posted on 06/29/2013 3:44:57 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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You will have a great time. We went in 2008, while the R’s were still in the White House, and spent and entire week, we were on the go from at least 8 to 8 every day. We did everything but the White House tour. At that time only groups of 10 or 12 plus were allowed. 4th was our only rainy day but we toughed it out anyway. Was amazing all the police presence for the parade, on every vehicle and horse and foot and type of transport imaginable.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 3:45:03 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Revolting cat!

**SNORT!!**


28 posted on 06/29/2013 3:45:18 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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The Korean War Memorial is down towards the Lincoln Memorial (west) end of the mall and on the other side of the reflecting pool from the Viet Nam wall. Depending on which museums you decide to go to, there will be a lot of walking, but if you're going to take in the Lincoln and Viet Nam wall, you'll be in the right area for the Korean Memorial.

I'd choose which ever museum(s) you decide to visit, allocating yourself the better part of a day for each one.

29 posted on 06/29/2013 3:45:37 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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Yes we saw this, hard to catch it and still get a good spot for the parade. Timing is tough but you can do it.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 3:45:57 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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The Korean War Memorial is on the Mall, not far from the Lincoln Memorial.

I second the motion to visit Mt. Vernon if at all possible, it is a wonderful place.


31 posted on 06/29/2013 3:46:31 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: ThomasThomas

You need to get tickets, free, to B of Engraving & Printing, Washington Monument (if they are back in operation after earthquake) and the Holocaust Museum. They run out of tickets fairly early for all three, get them early and then do something else until your allotted time.


32 posted on 06/29/2013 3:48:12 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: kingu
I strongly advise calling your hotel, and asking to speak to the concierge. Mention to him when you plan on being in the area, and the sites you’d like to see, and ask him for advice as to which days of your stay to go visit what.

Excellent advice! I'm assuming the hotel concierge will also be able to tell us about DC's mass transit systems and how to get around on them?

If you are driving, make sure you pay attention to local commuter websites, and absolutely note down where traffic cameras are placed. You might actually have the best luck going to Arlington in the morning of the 4th, and should expect little access to the Mall area, but of course the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial are open at most times.

Yep, we're driving in, good advice on the commuter websites (will google those to find them.)

I think you also mentioned that the Mall is pretty much shut down on the 3rd, does anyone reading this thread know if that's still the case? If so, that puts a big dent in our tourism plans...

33 posted on 06/29/2013 3:48:30 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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The Spy Museum and the NRA Museum — free.

I’ve never been to the Spy museum but my grandkids loved it.

I’m not a huge gun fan, but I loved the NRA museum. My husband and I stayed all day. The exhibits are interesting and beautifully done. I believe it is in Arlington, just outside DC.

Also, don’t miss Mt. Vernon. I understand that it has been refurbished since I was there about 10 years ago. Any of your kids who have been subjected to the public school brainwashing meme that “George Washington was ill-educated and couldn’t spell...” will be blown away by seeing all that he and Martha had to manage to keep that farm running & profitable.

If you are interested in period furniture, you should see the DAR Headquarters/Museum. It’s free too, as I remember. There are multiple rooms that have been donated by State chapters and furnished in historic style that replicates some important point in their history.


34 posted on 06/29/2013 3:49:07 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Qwackertoo
You need to get tickets, free, to B of Engraving & Printing, Washington Monument

Valuable info. Wife's making a note to call the hotel concierge tomorrow to get tickets. TYVM!

35 posted on 06/29/2013 3:50:10 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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The Spy Museum and the NRA Museum — free.

Ok, have the Spy museum on the map we have. Oldest son who wants to go into law enforcement wants to see that ... (don't know if we'll have time.) Where's the NRA museum? Don't see that on our map. Our oldest son (17) would love to see that.

36 posted on 06/29/2013 3:51:55 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Hopefully, you won’t see that Armed Million Man March that a certain Second Amendment activist has been calling for in D.C. on July 4. I certainly hope they called off that spectacle. It wouldn’t help our cause in the least.


37 posted on 06/29/2013 3:51:56 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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I think you also mentioned that the Mall is pretty much shut down on the 3rd, does anyone reading this thread know if that's still the case? If so, that puts a big dent in our tourism plans...

The buildings around the mall are open, and major cross streets are open, but I do not know if the lawns themselves are open for pedestrian access from the 3rd - 4th outside of scheduled events. It just takes a little bit of planning or walking to handle it, and the hotel should be able to tell you the local conditions.

38 posted on 06/29/2013 3:51:59 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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That sounds wonderful. Good for you for being a good parent. I live in Massachusetts, and we will be staying home.


39 posted on 06/29/2013 3:52:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oops, you told me in your post where the NRA museum is, TYVM!


40 posted on 06/29/2013 3:53:04 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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I’ve heard that at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing they give the visitors generous samples of their products, like they do at the Hershey’s factory or at an Anheuser Busch brewery.


41 posted on 06/29/2013 3:53:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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The National Aquarium is cheap and air-conditioned and near your hotel.
42 posted on 06/29/2013 3:54:08 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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A good shrink! Do you know how miserable foggy bottom is on July fourth?!

I went there for 7/4/2004 celebration. Stayed at the Mayflower. If I went outside for a smoke I had to come back in for a cool shower!


43 posted on 06/29/2013 3:54:29 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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Here’s a useful website which you of course pay for:

http://www.nps.gov/foju/directions.htm

And it appears we’re back to the ever popular security checkpoints.


44 posted on 06/29/2013 3:55:14 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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The National Aquarium is cheap and air-conditioned and near your hotel.

You're either psychic, a genius or both. Youngest son is into marine life big time (large fish tanks, dozens of types of fish, etc..) You've just made him a happy kid. That just went on the list. TYVM.

45 posted on 06/29/2013 3:57:06 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Ditto on the Air and Space.

I really like the Jefferson Memorial.

Also, I love the Smithsonian. The Star Spangled Banner is a must IMHO.


46 posted on 06/29/2013 3:58:25 PM PDT by Crazy Jim (There are known unknowns and then there are unknown unknowns. - Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: cartoonistx

Sounds just like Chicago on the 4th of July.


47 posted on 06/29/2013 4:00:58 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Does anyone know about the Marine's Sunset Parade at 8th St. and I Street? Is it worth it? It's by the Mt. Iwo Jima Memorial.

(Dad was a US Marine.)

48 posted on 06/29/2013 4:01:43 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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The NRA museum is in Alexandria, I think. I said Arlington before. As I remember, it is open every day. They have exhibits of firearms dating from Jamestowne (in dioramas with figures in period dress) until present day. They have an entire room devoted to Teddy Roosevelt’s personal arms and trophies. The museum is just outside DC, and the people there are so nice. The museum itself has the most beautiful mahogany woodwork and moldings. It’s a class act all the way. It would be a good stop after DC, or if DC is just too crowded to enjoy. You won’t regret it.

BTW, the DAR Museum is located right around the corner from the Capitol. Another FREE attraction. Check because it’s been about 10 years since I’ve been there.


49 posted on 06/29/2013 4:03:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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The fireworks on the Mall can be a little scary—half a million people or so in a relatively small area. It’s very easy to lose each other in the darkness and noise. Make plans to connect with each other if that happens.

There’s usually a patriotic concert on the east lawn of the Capitol before the fireworks. No seating; you’ll want to get there early and stake out a place.

You should see the Capitol and the rest of the museums on the Mall, not just the Archives. Go to the Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art (West Building only), the American History Museum. I’m sorry, you’ve chosen one of the most crowded weekends of the year to visit.

If you can get out of town, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is just a few minutes south of DC and it’s enchanting. You can dine by candlelight at an historic tavern where George Washington ate, visit Christ Church where he had a pew (and worship there if you are Protestant), see the beautiful eighteenth-century houses and gardens a few blocks from the water. There are many charming shops, restaurants, and galleries. It’s like Charleston SC moved 500 miles north but without the palmettos. Lots of men wearing seersucker and bow ties on Sunday mornings there.

From there you are a delightful 15-minute drive down the George Washington Memorial Parkway to Mount Vernon. You can also take a boat tour that starts in Alexandria and goes down to Mt Vernon. If Mount Vernon is too crowded for you, and it might well be, then a few miles further on is Woodlawn Plantation, which also has Washington family connections. Take a tour of this beautiful National Trust property to see what 18th-century life was like.

IF you were going to be staying longer I’d have other suggestions.

I’d say don’t bother with Georgetown. Don’t bother with Maryland.

Be careful after dark; don’t stray too far to the east or north of the Mall area. There be dragons.


50 posted on 06/29/2013 4:07:37 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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