Posted tagged ‘Fourth of July’

You Know July 4th is Near When the Fireworks Stands Arrive

June 29, 2017


The fireworks stand by the former Sweet Mango Cafe was put up a couple of days ago and is open for business. A sure sign that the Fourth of July is near. In years past the neighborhood fireworks celebrations have often rivaled the fireworks on the Mall just because there were so many displays throughout the community.

Soldiers’ Home 4th of July Celebration Details Released

June 20, 2017

The annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is one of the highlights of the community, and its just around the corner. See the flier below for information on the 2017 celebration.

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.

Prohibited

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

Permitted

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

Greater Petworth Fourth of July Celebration, 1916

July 3, 2015

A few months back I was lucky enough to purchase a series of 10 photographs documenting the Fourth of July parade in the Petworth area in 1916. I liked these photos for a number of reason, including the early date and the inclusion of a contingent from Princeton Heights. For those unfamiliar with local history, Princeton Heights is the area within the Park View neighborhood north of Princeton and south of Rock Creek Church Road.

I was able to find an accompanying article from the Washington Evening Star, and as the two photos that accompany the newspaper article match two of the photos in my collection, I presume that the photographer worked for the Star. You can read the full article here.

Below are three of the photos, and you can see all ten on Flickr here.

Princeton Heights(The Princeton Heights contingent on Randolph Street.)

Presidential candidates(A few of the many candidates in the 1916 presidential race: Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Woodrow Wilson, and Wilson’s running mate v.p. candidate Thomas R. Marshall.)

Petworth float(The Petworth float, in the form of a navy vessel.)

July 4th at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

June 30, 2015

According to the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web Site, the weather for the Fourth of July celebration on the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s ground promises to be beautiful. Below is the flyer with details.

July 4th AFRH 2015


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