Archive for the ‘Holidays’ category

Hope Everyone Enjoyed the Fourth!

July 5, 2016
3648 Park Place, NW, in the Fourth of July spirit.

3648 Park Place, NW, in the Fourth of July spirit.

While the weather wasn’t a cooperative for the Fourth of July holiday this year, the rain did manage to break in time for fireworks. But leading up to the fireworks, I enjoyed walking around the neighborhood and seeing a few houses decorated in red, white, and blue.

In the neighborhhood, it really doesn’ t matter if you can see the fireworks down on the National Mall or not, there are plenty of neighbors shooting fireworks off throughout the area. For a change of pace, I walked down to Michigan Avenue to see what I could see from the McMillan Reservoir. Below are two short videos showing some fireworks over Bloomingdale and Howard University.

Remember to Enjoy Fireworks Safely This Fourth!

June 30, 2016
One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

With the Fourth of July upon us, remember that fireworks are not only fun, but need to be handled responsibly. Below are some safety tips from MPD (and you can download their flyer here).

Fireworks Safety

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day or the New Year, a backyard barbecue or other family occasion, it is important to understand the laws regulating fireworks use in the District of Columbia. Use the chart below to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in DC.


Article 27, DC Register, F-2700.1.1: The manufacture, storage, display, sale, setting off, or discharge of any firework listed below is prohibited in the District of Columbia.

  • Firecrackers of any kind or description
  • Any firework that explodes, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells
  • Any firework intended to move after the piece is placed and fired; such as bottle rockets, parachutes, buzzbombs, pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks
  • Sparklers more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Any firework that contains mercury, arsenic, tetryl, phosporous, sulphocyanide, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate of potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent
  • Any firework having a side fuse, or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework
  • Any firework found by the code official to be dangerous to the safety of persons or property


Article 27, District of Columbia Register, F-2700.1.2): The fireworks listed below are permitted to be stored, displayed, sold, delivered, used, and possessed in accordance with the provisions of this article.

  • Any firework specifically excepted in this article
  • Toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths (0.25) of a grain of explosive composition per cap
  • Sparklers not more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Torches, cones
  • Box fires, fountains
  • Dip-sticks, non-poisonous snakes
  • Paper novelty items, colored lights

Mark Your Calendars — Annual Soldiers’ Home July 4th Celebration Coming Up

June 27, 2016

The Friends of the Soldiers Home has organized their 5th Annual Fourth of July at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. See the flyer below for the schedule, or check out the Friends of the Soldiers Home’s Web site to learn more about the group.

Soldiers Home July 4th

Kids and Adults Enjoy Weekend Easter Events

March 28, 2016

In many parts of Washington this past weekend communities hosted Easter egg hunts and events for families to enjoy. The weather was great as well. Two events that occurred in and near Park View on Saturday, March 26th, included an Easter celebration at Park Morton and egg races and prizes at the 11th & Monroe Trolley Park. Both events were sponsored by the Friends of the Trolley Park, the North Columbia Heights Civic Association, the Salvation Army Sherman Ave Corps, and other local groups. The Salvation Army provided food including hot dogs.

There was a good turn out at the Trolley Park, which was scheduled from noon to 2 pm. You can get a good feel for the gathering from the photo below.

Trolley Park Easter(Easter gathering at the Trolley Park, 11th & Monroe, NW.)

The following video also captures one of the egg races (and there were many).

The Park Morton celebration was later in the afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm. In addition to food and an egg hunt, there was music, a moon bounce, ice cream and Italian ice (I tried the blueberry), and face painting. The photos below show the moon bounce and face painting earlier in the day. The Park Morton event was hosted by the Park Morton Resident Council.

Park Morton Easter moon bounce


Admiring Neighborhood Decorations

December 24, 2015

In honor of the Christmas holiday tomorrow, here are some of the many decorations you can see around the neighborhood.









Colony Club Planning Oysters and BBQ for New Years

December 23, 2015

If you’re already thinking ahead and making plans for New Years, you can add Colony Club at 3118 Georgia Avenue to your list of go-to places. They are planning a family friendly evening with oysters, BBQ, karaoke, a balloon artist, and more! No tickets, just show up when you feel like it. See the poster below.


Holiday Decorations Beginning to Appear Around the Neighborhood

December 4, 2015

I’ve started to notice holiday decorations around Park View. It’s one of the annual highlights for me and I’ll post more photos of them soon. In the mean time, enjoy this display from 632 Quebec Place, NW.

Christmas Decorations

Georgia Avenue Winter Fest Scheduled for December 5th

November 27, 2015

Mark your calendars, the first annual Georgia Avenue Winter Fest (visit Web site) is a week away. According to the organizers, the festival “will showcase … the wonderful work of artists, businesses and organizations in Park View and Pleasant Plains and along Georgia Avenue.” They are planning to have vendors selling food and arts and crafts, art displays, performances and demos, a kids corner with craft making and other activities, info tabling and Christmas tree sales.

The event will be held at the former Murray’s grocery store at Georgia and Morton.

Georgia Avenue Winter Fest

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving postcard 2015

Signs of Halloween Sprouting Up Around Park View

October 27, 2015

I’ve been seeing a number of houses decorated for Halloween this year around the neighborhood. Here are two from the 600 block of Quebec Place.



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