Freedom Friday: The Independence Day Edition

Hello Good People!


If you’re like me, I know you are ready for the long weekend!  I did so much celebrating for my birthday this month, I think I am going to take it easy (NOT!).   No seriously, I hope to relax this weekend at the beach and attend someone’s BBQ.  That’s not too bad. 🙂   

There are some great concerts going on this weekend.  If you can, check out Eric Roberson at the Birchmere, Kid Cudi at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and the one and only R. Kelly at the Verizon Center.

BTW…I know we  have different views and opinions about the state of America.  However, this weekend, let’s focus on the positive.  We have to acknowledge the freedom and liberties afforded to us that we take for granted.  When we focus on what’s right with our country, it can motivate each of us to help make our country better.  You don’t have to run for Mayor or the PTA.  You can start right in your home and local community by getting involved.  As Margaret Mead once said, “Never underestimate the power of a few committed individuals to change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  This whole country was founded by seven passionate men that motivated others to fight for their independence.   When you are passionate and committed, you can fight and achieve a litter free street, safe schools, a healthy lifestyle, whatever!  As a teacher said to me once, “I achieved not because I was the smartest, the fastest, the prettiest or had connections.  I achieved because I had perseverance.  I stuck to it.”  If you are passionate and committed, you can make any change –physically, mentally, spiritually or in your community.  You can be the change you want to see.  

Happy Independence Day!

The Park Unplugged Ft. Talib Kweli, one of the best MC’s out there.

Friday, July 1

The Park

920 14th St NW

5PM/ Show starts at 7PM

Free w/ RSVP

RSVP by 3PM here


Local disco house guru, Chris Burns will battle local house legend Sam “The Man” Burns in the DJ booth — providing five straight hours of the deepest, soulful house music the District has to offer!

Friday, July 1

U Street Music

1115 U St NW


Free before 11PM/ 10 bucks after


The Heritage Festival is a family celebration of African-American history, culture, art, music and education.  Featured artists: Grammy nominated crooner “Uncle” Charlie Wilson will highlight a slew of free entertainment at this year’s African-American Festival. Also performing: Chrisette Michele, Noel Gourdine, Estelle, K’Jon, Lil’ Mo, Caddy Da Don, and Wish.

July 2-3

M & T Bank Stadium (Parking Lots B and C)

1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD

Noon to 9PM



The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  This year, the festival celebrates the culture of Colombia, rhythm and blues and 50 years of the Peace Corp.  The Festival generally includes daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, illustrations of workers’ culture, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues.

June 30-July 11

National Mall

Click here for times and schedules




Saturday, July 2

Lounge 201

201 Massachusetts Ave


RSVP here 


Join CSE, Dave & Ray Entertainment and The Standard Events for the GREY GOOSE SUMMER SOIREE PURE ALL WHITE AFFAIR 

Sunday, July 3

The Mead Center for American Theater

1101 Sixth St SW


Show at 8PM

Get tickets here


Sunday, July 3


1212 18th St NW



Starting this weekend, check out the Spike Lee film series a part of the Atlas Summer film series.

Inside Man – July 3
4 Little Girls – July 10
Get on the Bus – July 17
Clockers – July 24
Crooklyn – July 31
Jungle Fever – August 7
Mo’ Better Blues – August 14
School Daze – August 21
Do the Right Thing – August 28
She’s Gotta Have It – September 4

Altas Performing Arts Ctr

1333 H St NE




SYGU and True School have teamed up to bring one of the hottest of events of the SUMMER to D.C.!!!  Get your FLYEST Graphic T-Shirt. Put it aside and have it ready. TEESE D.C. is a must have Graphic T-Shirt for entry event.  Music by 9th Wonder, DJ Cuzzin B, DJ Face, & DJ Jay*Clipp. Early arrival strongly arrived.

Sunday, July 3


3287 M St NW

10PM until 2:30AM


The Chocolate City Reunion Featuring Chuck Brown, Rare Essence, Suttle Thoughts, Lissen 2.0, Be’la Dona, E.U. featuring Sugar Bear, Da’ Mixx and Vybe

Sunday, July 3


33 Patterson St NE


Get tickets here


Courtesy of © John H. McShane
Independence Day is an all-day event in the nation’s capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.
Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade
Parade Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts.
The nation’s premier Independence Day holiday concert features performances from some of the country’s best known and award-winning musical artists with the National Symphony Orchestra. The Capitol Fourth concert and show includes an evening of patriotic and uplifting music followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.
A Capitol Fourth Concert
Time: 8 – 9:30 p.m. (Admittance begins at 3 p.m.)
Location: West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol
4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall
Fireworks Time: At dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. Rain Date: July 5th
Monday, July 4
National Mall

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