- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A lot more than fireworks is scheduled for those looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The best event “depends on who you are,” said Bill Line, a National Park Service spokesman. “If you’re a 4-year-old, you might want to go to [an educational event at the White House Visitor Center]. Teens and adults might think, ‘The fireworks.’ A music aficionado might want to see some talent [at one of the concerts]. There are many different crowds with many different interests.”

One of the biggest events will be the National Independence Day Parade, which starts at 11:45 a.m. at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street in Northwest. An expected crowd of 300,000 will see bands, military units, celebrities and floats.

The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs at 12:05 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

The White House will open its Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for educational activities.

The National Archives celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature patriotic music and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

On the Mall, the 41st annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates cultural heritage and features music, dance, crafts, cooking, discussions and more. This year’s festival focuses on the cultures of Asia’s Mekong River, Northern Ireland and Virginia. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sunday.

The “Capitol Fourth” concert, hosted by Tony Danza, will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and Little Richard, “American Idol’s” Elliot Yamin, Grammy award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams, country music artist Dierks Bentley, Broadway’s Bebe Neuwirth and Hayden Panettiere of the NBC drama “Heroes.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. on the Capitol’s West Lawn.

The Independence Day fireworks, which are launched from the Lincoln Memorial, begin at sundown. The fireworks can be seen from the Mall and other places throughout the city, including several rooftop restaurants such as Adams Morgan’s the Reef, the Beacon Bar & Grill near Dupont Circle and Tabaq Bistro on U Street in Northwest.

At Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club, the AT&T; National Golf Tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods, runs through Sunday. The Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am, named for Woods’ Green Beret father and featuring a tribute to the military, runs today from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will include a Navy band, color guard, special military guests, an Air Force drill team and a military flyover. Former President George Bush will hit the ceremonial first ball at about 11:30 a.m. Admission is $20, and parking is free.

In Anne Arundel County, the Independence Day concert and fireworks at the Annapolis City Dock will begin at 8 p.m. with a free U.S. Naval Academy Band concert. The performance will feature two special guests: 6-year-old trumpeter Geoffrey Gallante of Alexandria and retired Naval Academy professor Carl Schneider. The fireworks display begins as soon as the band plays its last note of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Families in Fairfax County can spend the afternoon at Colvin Run Mill for mill tours and the History Hunt, an educational scavenger hunt that takes children on clue-following adventure through local history. Tours run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the History Hunt begins at 1 p.m.

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