Freedom Friday: The Independence Edition

Y’all ready for that long Fourth of July weekend?!  I am sure am. I know there are some of you out there who might not prescribe to celebrating the Fourth of July.  And I can respect your right to do this.    However you define your independence, it is important that we understand this complex history of these United States of America.  We are inextricably connected to this country, so we must learn from the past in order to  make this country even better. 

For those of you on the prowl for something to do, here some spots that will be jumping this weekend. 

Happy Independence Day! 🙂 

Start the weekend off with “LIVE! from Busboys: Open Mic/Talent Showcase” hosted by The Divine, Ms. Ne’a Posey.  This is an Open Mic for ALL PERFORMERS, not just poets! Whether you’re a musician, comedian, dancer, actor/actress, magician, or any other type of performer – we want to see what you’ve got!

Friday, July 2

Busboys & Poets

1390 V St. NW


5 bucks

Live! from Busboys takes place the first Friday of every month


If you don’t know, you are really missing out.  This is one of my most fav events.  For the best in Afro, Latin, Brazilian, House, Disco, and Funk, you need to be at Sol Power.  Your favorite Sol Power All-stars are Stylus, Meistro and the one Hermon Farahi on percussion.  SPECIAL GUESTS: Jahsonic (WPFW / SoulControllers) & DJ Ausar (ATL). Come dressed to sweat to the rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico & West Africa.


1771 U St, NW

Free before 11 pm, $5 after

Samba whistles, shekeres and cowbells welcome!


I love parades!  It started back when I was a young girl growing up in Ohio.  I always loved floats and the pomp and circumstance of the marching.  So, I am going to check out the America’s National Independence Day Parade taking place on July 4th.  This annual parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.

Sunday, July 4

Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets N.W.



The National Archives Building celebrates July 4th with a special reading of the Declaration of Independence, music, and family activities.  The National Archives will commemorate this historic day with Mistress of Ceremonies, Maureen Bunyan, ABC7/WJLA-TV news anchor, and their annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence led by very special guests.

Sunday July 4

The National Archives Building

on the Constitution Avenue steps between 7th and 9th Streets N.W.



The Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicked off last week.  This year, the festival will feature the cultures of Mexico and Asian Pacific Americans.   The goal of the festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall. Tradition-bearers and the public can connect with and learn from one another and, in a respectful way, begin to understand cultural differences and similarities.

June 24 – July 5

National Mall

between Constitution and Independence Avenues

Click here for the full schedule.


Be Safe out there this weekend.

Peace and Blessings!

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