7 things to do in the D.C. area on the Fourth of July weekend

July 3

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For Fourth of July events, see our guides to spending your day on the Mall and in the 'burbs


The National Building Museum is filling its large hall with a very big maze. (Photo by F.T. Eyre)

Thursday: With Friday a federal holiday, kick off your long weekend with the family on Thursday night. As part of Movies on the Square, Rockville Town Square screens the Academy Award-winning children's film/blockbuster "Frozen," outdoors under the stars. This screening is of the singalong version, perfect for little ones obsessed with the film. The screening begins at 8:30 p.m. at Rockville Town Square.

Thursday: The Adams Morgan whiskey bar Jack Rose is throwing two full days of parties to mark Independence Day, each beginning at noon. It starts Thursday with 10 Sam Adams beers on tap on the rooftop deck. They'll sell for $4 from noon to 5 p.m., and then $6 until 7:30. A special summer treat: Bartender Trevor Frye of Dram and Grain is turning Sam Adams' Porch Rocker and Blueberry Hill lagers into syrups, which will be used in boozy snowcones.

Friday: Out with the mini golf, in with a maze. With walls 18 feet high and 60 feet long, the National Building Museum's BIG Maze, which opens Friday, is inspired by ancient labyrinths and hedge mazes. Museum officials say it should take 20 to 30 minutes to find your way to the center and out (but don't be surprised if you encounter a line to get in). We bet if you enjoy some food and drinks at Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue on the museum's lawn beforehand, it could take even longer. Admission is $10; $5 for ages 3-17, students and seniors.

Friday:  It's the sixth anniversary of Moneytown, the best soul night in Washington. DJ Nitekrawler (aka Kevin Coombe) is a first-rate musical historian, tracking down rare funky and soul 45s as well as the stories of the musicians behind them. For this birthday party, Coombe will give out free records to guests – no, really – while presiding over the lively dance floor at Little Miss Whiskey's. Admission is free; the music starts at 10.

Saturday: Dan St. Germain headlines Saturday's Summer Comedy Series at the Black Cat. The 14th Street venue is hosting a number up-and-coming comedians like St. Germain, who has appeared on Comedy Central, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Best Week Ever." Admission is $10. Read: Comedian Dan St. Germain on 'Merica 

Saturday: We don't all have easy access to our own grill, a patio and  band or two for a low-key Independence Day  bash. Hop onto the D.C. Meet Market's post-July 4 cookout Saturday in Logan Circle, with gelato from Dolcezza, barbecue from Kingston Seoul and root beer from Thunder Beast, as well as music from Rock-n-Romp, including bands Lady Hatchet, Merry Toddlers More, and a DJ set by DJ Natty Boom. The market, featuring local wares, will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p..m. at 15th and P streets NW.

Through Sunday: Fill a long weekend with the kids with some fun: The new D.C. Capital Fair features midway rides, petting zoo, illusionist shows and more. The fair at RFK Stadium started last weekend, but stays open through the holiday before wrapping up Sunday.

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