A look at July 4th festivities at the Old Soldiers' Home (AFRH)

A look at July 4th festivities at the Old Soldiers' Home (AFRH)

It’s really not a problem to see fireworks in Petworth. Once 9pm rolls around, the neighborhood skies are filled with all sorts of legal and illegal flying explosives to delight the eye and terrify the dog. (Be sure to keep your dogs safe!)

Every year the Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home team up with sponsors to put on a family-friendly event with food, beer, music, games and more. It’s a great place to spend the holiday appreciating your neighbors, and your freedom.

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4th of July fireworks safety tips from MPD

4th of July fireworks safety tips from MPD

MPD sent out an email with their annual "July 4th Fireworks Safety Tips" -- basically, the fireworks you see all over the skies of DC are totally illegal, but that's never stopped the night's festivities. Here's MPD's things to think about for the holiday and fireworks:

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Celebrate July 4th in Petworth with the Old Soldier's Home

Celebrate July 4th in Petworth with the Old Soldier's Home

If you're looking for a family-friendly, food-and-drink-enjoying evening, head over to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Old Soldier's Home) for the 6th Annual July 4th Celebration. This year the evening kicks off at 4pm on the grounds of the Home (enter at Rock Creek Church Rd and Randolph St NW). 

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Fireworks survey results show a need for more discussion

Fireworks survey results show a need for more discussion

The local listservs sure have been chatty about the July 4th fireworks in the neighborhood. Granted, doing this survey might keep things heated, but I thought it would be interesting to see how people would vote. (As always, caveat that this isn't a scientific poll.) Basically, more discussion needs to be had and a good solution found that meets all desires. See the results of the survey...

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About those July 4th fireworks... Legal, not legal? Wanted, not wanted?

About those July 4th fireworks... Legal, not legal? Wanted, not wanted?

Another Fourth of July has come and gone, and trash cans around the neighborhood are over-flowing with the remains of rockets red glare and other implements of explosive celebration. Some love them, some hate them. Are they legal?

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Fireworks, food & more on July 4th at the Old Soldier's Home

Fireworks, food & more on July 4th at the Old Soldier's Home

If you're looking for a family-friendly, food and drink evening, head over to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Old Soldier's Home). This year the evening kicks off at 4pm on the grounds of the Home (enter at Rock Creek Church Rd and Randolph St NW). 

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4th of July events

Pic courtesy of Flickr user  Danny Huizinga  

Pic courtesy of Flickr user Danny Huizinga 

Tomorrow is Shoot Off Fireworks At All Hours Like a Maniac Day -- I mean, Independence Day. 

If you're looking for things to do, here's two!

Starting at 12 noon, there's a Ward 4 Block Party at 800 Ingraham St NW at the Truesdell Education Campus. The Mayor's Office is holding a series of block parties around the city(#FRESH Fourth of July Block Party). There will be music, activities, food and "good times with leaders from the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Department."   

Later in the day, you can head over to the Armed Forces Retirement Home and enjoy a day of events sponsored by the Friends' of the Soldiers Home. Staring at 4pm and ending at 9:30pm when the fireworks end, you can enjoy a community softball game at 4:30, kids events like face painting, carnival games and trout fishing, food trucks (hella yes to DC Ballers, Captain Cookie and Lemongrass, my local favs - I'm already hungry), an Anheuser Busch Beer truck (say what?) and lots of music. Parking is $5. At the end of the evening you can watch the national fireworks from downtown with a clear view from the field.

Or you can stay home cause it might rain. But what kind of patriot would you be then?

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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