Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Travels to Martinsburg, W.Va.


Federal holiday — no events are listed.


All day — Election Assistance Commission continues its virtual public forum of EAC Board of Advisors and EAC Standards Board. Members of the commission will post comments about the draft EAC manual on poll-worker recruitment, training and retention through 6 p.m. Friday. The public may view the proceedings of this special forum by visiting the EAC Standards Board virtual meeting room at Location: None. Contact: 202/566-3100


No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


Not in session, Independence Day recess. The Senate next meets at 2 p.m. on Monday to consider the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session, Independence Day recess. The House next meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Federal holiday observed, Independence Day.

Mount Vernon — all day George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens holds its events to commemorate Independence Day. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Re-enactors read the Declaration of Independence.

10 a.m. — Procession to George Washington’s Tomb for a special wreath-laying ceremony

11 a.m. — Annual Red, White, and Blue Concert with the Concert Band of America

1 p.m. — Maryland Militia and First Virginia Regiment perform Revolutionary War demonstrations.

Location: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon. Contact: 703/799-5203 or 202/253-3501.

July 4 at Archives — 10 a.m. The National Archives holds a program, “July Fourth at the National Archives,” to commemorate the 231st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard, performance by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Fife and Drum Corps and remarks by Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States and by filmmaker Ken Burns

11:30 a.m. — Family activities including a meet-and-greet with “George Washington,” “Thomas Jefferson” and “Rosie the Riveter”

Location: National Archives steps, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5000.

Folklife Festival — 11 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution holds its 41st annual Folklife Festival with exhibits “Mekong River: Connecting Culture,” “Northern Ireland at the Smithsonian” and “The Roots of the Virginia Culture” through Sunday. Location: National Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets Northwest. Contact: 202/633-1000.

July 4 parade — 11:45 a.m. The National Park Service sponsors the 2007 Independence Day Parade. The parade consists of invited bands, military and specialty units, floats, giant balloons, equestrians, municipal entries, drill teams and other participants. Location: Constitution Avenue Northwest from Seventh to 17th Street. Contact: 202/619-7400.

Cartoonist convention — 1 p.m. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists holds its 50th anniversary convention through Saturday.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Locher board meeting

2 p.m. — Editorial Cartoonist Initiative board meeting

3:30 p.m. — AAEC Board of Directors meeting

6 p.m. — Welcome reception

Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 717/703-3069.

Carillon concert — 2 p.m. The National Parks Service’s George Washington Memorial Parkway sponsors a concert at the Netherlands Carillon, a 49-bell tower, featuring a carillonneur playing the bells for visitors. Location: Netherlands Carillon, adjacent to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington. Contact: 202/619-7400.

Monument concert — 4:15 p.m. The National Park Service holds an Independence Day concert. Guest artists include the U.S. Navy Band with Steve Azar and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will be transported to the Washington Monument grounds for the concert. Location: Southwest corner of the Washington Monument grounds, the National Mall. Contact: 202/619-7400.

DoD concert — 6 p.m. The Defense Department’s America Supports You Program holds a concert with recording artist Jenny Boyle to commemorate Independence Day and honor the service of military members. Location: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact: 202/414-0776.

College Park concert — 7 p.m. The University of Maryland and the city of College Park hold a concert with Johnny Seaton and his All Star Band to commemorate the Fourth of July. Fireworks follow at dusk. Location: University of Maryland, 2101 Turner Building, lot 1, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4076.

Capitol concert — 8 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra and the National Park Service hold the Capitol Fourth 2007 Holiday Concert. The concert will feature recording artist Elliot Yamin, Granny Award-winning gospel legend Yolanda Adams, Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, National Symphony Orchestra conductor Erich Kunzel and host Tony Danza. Capping off the show will be a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery. Location: West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/537-5199 or 202/361-7090 (PBS); 917/690-5713; 240/497-1811 or 301/404-6977 (cell); 202/619-7177 (National Park Service).

Fireworks — 9:10 p.m. The National Park Service hosts the annual Fourth of July fireworks display over the Washington Monument. Location: National Mall. Contact: 202/619-7177.

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