July 11, 2010

4th of July - Washington DC Style!

This year, we decided to celebrate the 4th of July in Washington DC! Last year I was really disappointed with the celebrations that were in Raleigh. Why? Because there are none. Seriously. Raleigh does not even have a parade on the 4th of July. WHAT? That is just insane. To make up for last year, we figured there wouldn't be a better place to celebrate the 4th than in our nations capital. And I must say, it did not disappoint.

First order of business, stop at the local yarn stores. Sadly, I didn't find anything that I was madly in love with so I came away empty handed. We did visit this store, which I really enjoyed and will definitely be back to visit again. The next day, we got up early to get good seats at the parade. My favorite part....the uniforms...and more uniforms...and more... Hello Boys!!! Smile for the camera....plus this cute guy who is the only living exact replica of the Lone Ranger (or so he claims)...and this handsome guy...and all the high school marching bands (there were a lot of bands from Kansas and even a few from Seattle). That is the National Archives building in the background, where the Declaration of Independence is located. The did a reading of it before the parade started which was kind of neat.and this guy was pretty entertaining....

In the end, you have two very happy parade watchers! Later that evening, we made our way to the Mall where we scored excellent seats for the fireworks show. Seriously, excellent seats! I took way too many photos, but I'm really happy with the way they turned out. What do you think?And at the end, you have two very happy firework watchers!The next day, before heading home, we decided to make a few stops at some of the museums since we didn't get to see most of them last time.

We visited the National Museum of Natural History - and saw the Hope Diamond again because it is just too beautiful to pass up. And also a giant squid! This picture isn't of the giant squid but of the elephant that is in the lobby of the Museum. Apparently, it weighs more than a real life elephant and it's tusks are not real. We also visited the National Gallery of Art Museum. I loved this one!!! They have a few of Monet's paintings which are just amazing to see in person. Seriously, a photo does not do these painting justice. They must be witnessed first hand. I could have sat and looked at these for hours. We were also lucky enough to see the only painting by Leonardo DaVinci in the
Western Hemisphere: his double-sided portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci. It is so tiny, yet so beautiful! It ended up being the perfect mini-vacation to relax and have some fun. Washington DC sure knows how to celebrate the 4th - no question about it. We might even make it back again next year to celebrate.


  1. I love the fireworks! I've never tried to take pix of them yet. Someday.