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Whether you want to celebrate 'Murica all week long, or you'd rather avoid the loud booms as much as possible, we've rounded up 13 events sure to star your July off with a bang! (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)
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Out and About: Your best July 4 (and more) plans

Monday, July 2

Washington Nats v. Boston Red Sox: The Nats are in town all week, but it's not often that they face off against the Red Sox! Get your holiday week started right and enjoy America's favorite pastime. The Nats will take on the Red Sox again on Tuesday and Wednesday, before starting a four-game series against Miami on Thursday. Tickets start at $23

Tuesday, July 3

Generation Gap: Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City’s "Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?" takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages. Tickets start at $49.

Summer Tower Climbs: Climb to the dizzying heights of the Cathedral for the best views of Washington and up-close encounters with massive bells and gregarious gargoyles. Options include 333 steps up the Central Tower, intimate views of gargoyles—or both. Tickets start at $50.

City Bikes Pizza Ride: Work up an appetite with a 10-13 mile bike ride around NW D.C. and then reward yourself with a slice of 'za and a cold brewski at Glen's Garden Market. Bikers get their first slice of pizza and a local craft draft beer for $5.50. Event occurs every Tuesday through October, and bikers should meet at City Bikes AdMo to start. Free to attend.

Wednesday, July 4

Dinner and a View: Hit Crimson View for an urban rooftop picnic, featuring fried chicken, BBQ, Jim Beam cocktails, a live DJ and more. With stunning panoramic views of the city, the fireworks will seem within arm's reach. Doors open at 1pm and admission is strictly first-come, first-serve for all-you-can eat picnic dinner. Free to attend.

AmeriCAN DrinkDependence Day" Rooftop Party: Jack Rose Dining Saloon is once again partnering with local Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery for a beer-centric 4th of July celebration and rooftop viewing party. Jack Rose will be the first bar in the city to pour the Neon Freedom Meyer Lemon Gose and the Brewhouse Rarities Lemon Lime Pilsner. Doors open at 3 p.m. and specials continue until fireworks end. Free to attend.

A Capitol Fourth: Celebrate Independence Day with the National Symphony Orchestra and special guests in a free concert of patriotic favorites, classical masterworks, and more, all followed by the spectacular fireworks display. The NSO under the direction of conductor Jack Everly joins host John Stamos and a spectacular line-up of special guests including Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical Escape To Margaritaville, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, The Temptations, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, CeCe Winans, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band. Free to attend.

July 4th at the Archives: The annual Independence Day celebration at the National Archives returns! Boo the list of grievances against King George III, and cheer ‘Huzzah!’ as we declare our independence on the steps of the Archives, while enjoying a full day of family-friendly activities in our nation’s capital. Guests can enjoy events all day long, from the live musical performance by Brass Connection at 9 a.m. to the Declaration of Independence reading ceremony at 10 and the parade at 11:45. Free to attend.

Boom with a View: If you are looking for a party vibe, there's no better view than that of POV at the W Hotel . Enjoy an open bar and Americana theme passed bites and food stations before the show starts and then mix it up over signature cocktails and vibrant beats after the fireworks. Tickets are $275

Thursday, July 5

Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations: Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more. Tickets start at $59.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual celebration of communities and cultures in the United States and around the world. The free event takes place on the National Mall for two weeks around the Fourth of July. This year they are highlighting cultural heritage enterprises in Armenia and Catalonia through food, craft, music, and dance. Experience human towers with the Catalans, Armenian craft and cooking demonstrations, and much more. Free to attend.

Author Talk with John Ross: John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is best known for leading the first successful expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But that momentous feat was not the end of Powell’s career. Ross, former editor of American Heritage and award-winning author of Enduring Courage and War on the Run, vividly recreates Powell’s historic trip, then charts the wider legacy he left to the nation as a scientist and land-management pioneer. The second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Powell advocated irrigation, dams, and reservoirs and was a key figure in creating the infrastructure that tapped the Colorado as a water source for Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Free to attend, book costs $30.

National Treasure Viewing: See the stars beneath the stars at the Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series, showing "National Treasure." Movie starts at sundown, but guests are welcome to start scoping out seats at 7. Free to attend.

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