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City Spotlight: Washington DC

By Kelly Ross

What better place to spend the 4th of July than in the nation’s capital?  With dozens of great venues and exciting events, visitors and locals alike in Washington, D.C. can celebrate America’s birthday with a bang. Labor 411 has put together a list of the 4th of July must-sees in the D.C. area, and they are all union! Attend one of the following events and ring in Independence Day in the best way possible, by supporting good jobs that pay workers fairly and promote a stronger American middle class!

1. Fireworks!!

Find a spot at the National Mall where you are sure to be amazed by the dynamic firework show. The fireworks will begin promptly at 9:09 p.m. and will be visible from many locations in D.C.

2. A Capitol Fourth

Get your seat on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building before 8 p.m. to experience A Capitol Fourth which features a star studded lineup and the National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

3. America’s Presidents

Visit the National Portrait Gallery’s “America’s Presidents” exhibit. This collection features images of 43 American Presidents, including the official state portrait of George Washington.

4. Film: We the People

Learn about the true meaning of independence and democracy when you visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and watch “We the People,” a 20 minute film that travels back to the nation’s first Independence Day.

5. Air Force Max Impact Band

For an experience unlike any other head over to the Air Force Memorial where the Air Force Max Impact Band will be performing live in concert from 6-9 p.m.

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