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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/07/2011

#myTop5: Party recovery in Washington

It’s the weekend after the Fourth of July, but that doesn’t mean you should go quietly into the night like a fizzled firework. A three-day weekend of partying hard and celebrating our country’s independence has probably taken a toll on your psyche (and your wallet). Take some time to relax – and then take full advantage of another precious summer weekend.

Here are #mytop5 things to do over this (recovery) weekend.

1. Hang out with Harry: If you’re like me, this weekend is most
Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2". (Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures - COURTESY OF WARNER BROS PICTURES)
significant as the weekend before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part Two arrives in theaters. The last installment in the series premieres in D.C. on Friday, July 15. Now would be an appropriate time to buy your midnight showing tickets, pull out your Hogwarts robes and gather a group of friends for an HP marathon of all the previous movies. Make it a full-on celebration of everything Harry Potter or the end of your childhood – you know it’s true. There are plenty of recipes out there for butterbeer and other sweet treats. Plus, with lots of sugar and wizarding fantasy in your system, you’ll be more than ready to head out into the Muggle world again on Monday.

2. Fun with the Folk(s): The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues through July 11, so be sure to check it out if you didn’t last weekend. And if you did, go for even more food, concerts, cooking classes, dance lessons and fine people. Among the intriguing events are Tango lessons at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and a “Just Desserts” seminar at 5 p.m. on Sunday. More sugar!

3. Try to be “Normal”: Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal is back in town this weekend. I’ve heard nothing but raving good things about it, so even if you’re not much of a musical person, this might be a good one to try out. Oh, and it has rock music. Does that help? 

King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va., looking towards the George Washington Masonic Monument. (Jeffrey Porter - For The Washington Post)
4. Adventure to Alexandria: The city of Alexandria celebrates its 262nd birthday this Saturday. I’m always surprised by how few of my friends here in the District have ventured across the border to check it out. It’s a great place with one of those cutesy main streets you seldom see these days. So go venture to Virginia for free birthday cake and…well, free cake. ‘Nuff said. 

5. So long, Shuttle: The final space shuttle launch is still scheduled for Friday, in spite of weather concerns, but don’t just watch it on TV for two minutes. Go to the Air and Space Museum, where you can spend hours upon hours learning about space exploration. Also, be sure to see the special exhibit of NASA-inspired art. By the end, you’ll probably be desperate to go to Space Camp.

So what are you doing this weekend? Leave us a comment below and share your plans.

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