Red, White, Whew

Before the fireworks and the BBQ, make time on the Fourth of July for some fitness


Hungarian dancers are helping folks move around at the Folklife Festival.

Because of our founders’ questionable timing, everyone sweats on Independence Day. You might as well do it on purpose.

Dance Lessons
Hanging out by the National Mall? Head over to the Hungarian Heritage area of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (festival.si.edu). The dance barn hosts free beginner and advanced lessons between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Road Races
You’ll feel Yankee-Doodle dandy after the Firecracker 5K (11911 Democracy Drive, Reston, Va.; 8 a.m., $40-45; prraces.com/firecracker), which offers free massages at the finish line.

If a beach towel sounds like a better score, sign up for the Let Freedom Run 5K (11901 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax; 8 a.m., $30; runpacers.com/race/let-freedom-run-5k-kids-dash).

Yoga Workshops
Even if the country is free, bet your hips and shoulders are still kind of tight. Instructor Katie Myer can help you take care of that with “Celebrate Your Independence” at Capitol Hill Yoga (641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 9-11 a.m., $40; capitolhillyoga.com).

Or, stretch out your mat at “Declaration of Independence,” a 1½-hour session at Past Tense Yoga featuring both postures and meditation (3253 Mount Pleasant St. NW; 10 a.m., $15 for drop-ins; pasttensestudio.com).

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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