Ideas for a Fantastic Fourth of July in DC

Events, Things to Do — By Torie Castiello on June 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

DC is a pretty great place to spend the Independence Day weekend.  The impressive fireworks display down on the National Mall is probably the most popular tourist attraction; many of us, at one time or another, have staked a spot to catch a glimpse of  pyrotechnic awesomeness.  But if you’re looking for something a little different this Fourth of July weekend, here are some other ideas to consider.

Wine bottling at Veramar Vineyard. Photo credit: Veramar Vineyard.

Wine lovers: spend a hot, sunny afternoon sipping wine at a local vineyard.  Lots of places, like Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, offer wine tasting all all day Saturdays and Sundays, including tours and information about how wine is made.  (Bear in mind that DC-area vineyards are, for the most part, only accessible by car.  If you don’t have a car – or a designated driver – there are tons of car services that specialize in vineyard tours!)

Sporty types: whether you’re a competitive runner or just looking for a way to justify pigging out on barbeque later, consider participating in the Autism Speaks 10th Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on July 4 in Potomac.  It’s agreat way to get outside, get some exercise, and support a worthy cause.

Arts appreciators: “The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present”, a Mexican Cultural Institute-sponsored exhibition which focuses on the history and culture of Afro-Mexicans, wraps up on July 4.  Catch it before it’s gone, at the Anacostia Community Museum.