Monday, June 17, 2013

Visit the Soldiers Home on July 4th: activities, food, tours, and more

Chillin at the Old Soldiers' Home The 4th of July is coming up, and the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are hosting a day full of events at the Home. 

Located just north of Howard University and east of Park View, the home serves as a retirement community for veterans and has a lot of open space and nice historic buildings, like Abraham Lincoln's summer cottage. 

I was there for part of the day on July 4th and it was pretty neat -- there were food trucks and walks around the campus. It sounds like this year is even better. (They also just opened their golf course to new members.) Read on!

A July 4th Celebration

Local Food Vendors * Children’s Fishing * Family Fun & Games
Watch the fireworks at the National Mall
from one of the best vantage points in Washington, DC! 
Thursday, July 4, 2013
4 pm to 9:30 pm
 The Armed Forces Retirement Home
 (Entrance: Randolph Street, NW at Rock Creek Church Road)
Please walk or bike; take the H8 bus; or park inside the gates (convenient for picnicking, the elderly and families with children) for a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle. 
Carry in your own picnic food (no glass containers) or purchase from various vendors.
·         Harambee with Baba Ras D is an engaging musical Early Childhood Education experience promoting peace. Don’t miss it at 4:30 pm!
·         Trout Unlimited is the nation’s foremost organization for restoring fisheries. Catch-and-release fishing is from 4 pm to 7 pm. Poles and bait provided.
·         DC Bike House will help you decorate your bike, trike, stroller, scooter or skateboard. Our 4th of July Parade begins at 7 pm.
 FAMILY FUN (sorry – no dogs!)
·         Tour Lincoln’s Cottage for a reduced fee at 4 pm (one tour only).
·         Engage in organized Games and Play with the entire family!
·         Dance to the DJ’s tunes.
·         Pose for a Souvenir Photo.
…and much more! 
Fireworks begin shortly after 9 pm
For more information:
Print out the colorful flyer attached to this e-mail, hang it up, share it with friends!
Friends of the Soldiers Home is a non-profit organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community.

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