Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th at the Old Soldiers Home -- food, music, kids' bike parade, more!

Here's a neat option for the 4th of July: The Old Soliders Home, aka the Armed Forces Retirement Home, is located just northeast of Park View and the Georgia Avenue Metro, is hosting a July 4th celebration on their beautiful grounds. The rolling park is a great place to watch the fireworks, and they're doing a lot more.

Organized by Friends of the Soldiers Home, here's more. There's all kinds of events and groups attending, like a marching band, yoga demonstration, face painting, hot dogs and more.

July 4th Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014
4 pm to 9:30 pm
 At the Lower Grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington D.C.
 (Enter at Randolph Street NW and Rock Creek Church Road)
Catch and Release Fishing with Trout Unlimited*Free Yoga From Lighthouse Yoga Center*Harambee with Baba Ras D*Hortonville, Wisconsin 100+ Member Marching Band Courtesy of Music Celebrations*DJ Billy White*Food w/ Captain Cookie, Lemon Grass Truck, Los Verracos, DC Ballers, Hardy’s BBQ, Friends of the Soldiers Home Hot Dog Stand*Kids’ Bike Parade*Kazoo the Balloon Maker*Face Painter Yanira Quinteros*Explore A DCFD Firetruck*Information and Kids’ Activity Tables from President Lincoln’s Cottage, Hero Dogs and Kirov Academy of Ballet 

See the fireworks from the National Mall

                                (Detailed schedule follows below)

Thank you to our sponsors GreenLine Real Estate and Safeway!

Glow sticks, cracker jacks, t-shirts and water and soda also available — sales of these items and the $5 parking charge benefit Friends of the Soldiers Home.
Carry in your own food and drink if you prefer; walk or bike in; take the H8 bus or Metro. The festival is a short walk from the Georgia-Petworth station. There will not be a shuttle bus between the main festival area and the ponds this year. No dogs allowed at festival. Remember to stay off the golf course.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful for staff and veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this opportunity available to the community. We are grateful for your service.
Activities & Event Schedule:
  • 4.30pm: Free yoga class for adults and kids hosted by Lighthouse Yoga Center
  • 4.30pm: Explore a firetruck with DCFD
  • 5pm: Harambee with Baba Ras D
  • 6:30pm: Kids bike parade – decorate your bike and join in our parade!
  • 7.30pm: Hortonville, Wis., High School Polar Bear Marching Band. A field performance featuring more than 100 entertainers! We are grateful to Music Celebrations for helping arrange this special event
Also featured will be music from the AFRH’s very own DJ Billy White!
All of the following activities will be ongoing and finish before the marching band at 7.30pm:
  • Catch and release fishing hosted by Trout Unlimited
  • Balloon animals and sculptures by Kazoo the Balloon Maker
  • Face Painter Yanira Quinteros — she’s back from Spring Fling!
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage Hosts a ‘Color-in Petworth Commute Map’ kids’ activity
  • Hero Dogs – Information table and ‘Meet the Hero Dogs’
  • Kirov Academy of Ballet – Information table and ‘Picture Yourself as a Ballet Dancer’ kids activity


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