Library of Congress, Jefferson Building is open on Independence Day, including the Great Hall and exhibitions. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-8000.
Independence Day at the National Archives, presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard and U.S Army Fife and Drum Corps; remarks by David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States; readings of the Declaration of Independence by people portraying Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Ned Hector, 10-11 a.m.; family activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Fourth of July at Washington cathedral, performances by organists Christopher Betts, Benjamin Straley and Jeremy Filsel, the Washington Brass and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Michael McCarthy hosts the program with music critic Michael Barone. Music includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” a march by John Philip Sousa and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Early arrival recommended. 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Palisades July Fourth parade, featuring the Washington Scottish Bagpipers, Alma Boliviana, the D.C. Different Drummers Marching Band, the Georgetown-Palisades Lions Club, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of D.C., the D.C. Fire Department Engine Company 29, the United Horsemen’s Association, the Wong People Chinese Dragon Dancers, the D.C. Police Pipes and Drums, and others, followed by a free picnic with hot dogs, juice and watermelon, horseback rides and clowns, hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association. Volunteers welcome. Lineup, 10 a.m. Parade, 11 a.m., starts at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, goes along MacArthur and ends at the Palisades Park and Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW. 202-363-7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Constitution Avenue parade, featuring representatives from all branches of the armed forces, marching bands, floats, balloons and more. 11:45 a.m., starts at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds along Constitution, ends at 18th Street and Constitution. Free. 202-619-7222.
Bob Cohen klezmer music, with Szalonna and His Band performing Hungarian, Romanian, Moldavian and Yiddish music, part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
U.S. Air Force Band jazz concert, the Airmen of Note perform. 6 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.
A Capitol Fourth, entertainment, fireworks, appearances by the National Symphony Orchestra and other performers including the Army Herald Trumpets, Army Ceremonial Band and Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass. Musical guests include Barry Manilow, Candice Glover, the season 12 winner of “American Idol,” country music artist Scott McCreery, Darren Criss of the TV series “Glee” and others, followed by fireworks. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-619-7222.
“The Maiden Danced to Death” (2001), an Ender Holes film about the suppressed pain of family separation following immigration to the New World from Hungary, in English and Hungarian with English subtitles. 3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Museum Jazz in the Garden, Latin jazz by percussionist Ernest “EC3” Coleman and Friends. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Flute music from Ecuador, an ensemble from the Ecuadorian Hatun Kotama Cultural Center performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg and Second Inaugural addresses, a National Park Service ranger discusses what the history books don’t say about them. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Church potluck and game night, for all ages, take games to play with family or friends. 7 p.m. Take a potluck dish for dinner. 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or email@example.com.
Yards Park pops concert, by Scott’s New Band. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.
The “Star-Spangled Banner,” Uncle Sam and the War of 1812, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of the memorials and discusses the burning of Washington, the flag and more. 8-10 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.
“Rabbit Hole,” Keegan Theatre production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a suburban husband and wife whose lives are shattered by the loss of their child. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays except July 4, 3 p.m. Sundays; through July 21, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. 703-892-0202, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.keegantheatre.com.
“The Real Thing,” a play by Tom Stoppard about a celebrated playwright, his actress wife and his latest play, a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Milton Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $39-$82, discounts for students, seniors and military members. 202-332-3300 or www.studiotheatre.org.
U.S. Marine Parade, U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; visitors with reservations are admitted at 7:15 p.m.; attendees must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m. Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free, reservations required. 202-433-4011, 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil.
Elizabethan garden tours, docent-led tours of the library’s knot garden, which features Shakespeare-inspired statues by Gregg Wyatt. 10 and 11 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
Story Tapestries for kids, for ages 6-12, Arianna Ross weaves storytelling, dance, music, visual arts and theater. 11 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.
Dance Jam Family Day: Art on Eighth NW, dance performances, crafts, hula hoops and line dancing; co-sponsored by Dance Place. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Manhattan” Woody Allen’s 1979 film about a successful TV writer who decides to write a serious novel, starring Allen and Diane Keaton. 2 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the Mall and the city; take a bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 2-5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Devils Walk As Saints concert, eclectic music, beach chairs welcome, come early and try Hula-Hoops. 5-7 p.m., public plaza at Columbia Road and 18th Street NW. Free. 202-997-0783.
Folk tunes from the Carpathian Basin, Andrea Navratil and an ensemble of traditional musicians perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Pennsylvania Avenue history, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses the avenue’s lesser-known history. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
J. S. Bach festival, the Teiber Trio’s Regino Madrid, Charlie Powers and Sarah Hart perform the c minor Cello Suite (#5), and the d minor Violin Partita, BWV 1004. 1:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $20. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org.
Cathedral tour, for age 10 and older, cathedral docents lead a tour of those parts of the building that reflect the Civil War and its influence on the nation. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Artist talk, local artist Sam Scharf discusses his work and how it connects to works on view in the Luce Center; coffee and tea available. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, listen to a story about President Roosevelt, naturalist Muir and the national parks. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, education center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Founding Fathers and religion, a National Park Service ranger leads a bike ride and discusses the nation’s Founding Fathers’ positions on religion; take a bike and water; helmets required. 2-5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
“Children of Glory,” the 2006 film of events surrounding the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the infamously bloody water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, in Hungarian with English subtitles. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Remembering the Holocaust walking tour, a National Park Service ranger discusses the thanks owed to World War II veterans. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.
Author talk, Catherine Allgor discusses her book, “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation,” and the role of women in the early Republic. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Liberators of Latin America, a National Park Service ranger discusses the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. 6-8 p.m., Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.
Rhyme Time concert, progressive hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon’s group performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, a portrayal of flag maker Mary Pickersgill, who created the “Star-Spangled Banner” that was hoisted over Fort McHenry in 1813. The reenactor will enlist visitors’ help in assembling a “garrison flag.” 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., most Sundays through Thursdays, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Love on the range, museum visitors meet Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, before he sets out on the trail with the herd and may discuss the buckaroo lifestyle with this historical African American cowboy. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. most Mondays-Tuesdays, National Museum of American History, first floor, East Wing, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through July 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Uno, Dos, Tres with Andres, for ages 3-12, singing, dancing, new rhythms and Spanish words with the children’s entertainer as he leads a journey through Latin American cultures. 2 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Library, 3162 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.
Jefferson’s Three Messages, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Declaration of Independence. 3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Journal workshop, for ages 13-19, a librarian encourages once-a-week writing for the expression of thoughts and feelings; supplies provided. 5 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
Lyric workshop, for ages 13-19, led by local spoken-word poet Candice Danielle Iloh to explore the backgrounds of favorite artists and singers, and to encourage and provide the tools for using your own voice. 5:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Albus Cavus — tape sculpture, for ages 13-19, learn how to use readily available materials such as packing tape to create life-size molds of objects or human forms that result in lightweight, transparent and easily installed items. 5:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Kobo Town in concert, Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves’s ensemble performs calypso music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Four Score and Four Years: From the Civil War to World War II, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour to the memorials that mark three deadly conflicts and discusses how they are related. 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.
The U.S. Navy in World War II, a National Park Service ranger discusses its decisive role. 6-8 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.
“Destry Rides Again,” George Marshall’s 1939 film about a tough lawman who does not like guns, a corrupt mayor and a sultry saloon singer, starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
Finding “Trust,” a part-documentary, part-cinematic film about “Trust Me,” a U.S. premiere dance/theatre project in collaboration with German playwright Falk Richter exploring the body and psyche in Western culture and how they inform our ways of thinking, acting, collaborating and moving. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200 or www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
21st Century Consort concert, “New Sounds for a Timeless Space,” conducted by Christopher Kendall with guest soprano Mary MacKenzie, guest ensemble the Folger Consort and members of the Cathedral Choirs performing music to be played at the cathedral by Stephen Albert, James Primosch and Christopher Patton. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25. 202-537-6200 or www.tix.cathedral.org.
Yoga class, 7 p.m., through Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28, Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.
U.S. Navy Concert Band performance, 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps. Free. 202-433-2525.
“All The Way Live!,” for ages 5-12, hip-hop performers Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell collaborate to “remix” everything from folk tales to classical art, then watch as it unfolds through dance, poetry, improv and rapping. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through July 12, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, third sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Uncle Devin show, the drummer and storyteller gets children moving in this interactive event. 11 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708; and 2 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.
Garlic goodness, gardener Eric Leavitt shows how to grow, harvest and store your garlic crop. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Albus Cavus wheatpasting and poster-making, for ages 13-19, artists, scientists and educators from the international collective teach this highly effective public art technique. 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Sketching workshop, take pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Flag folding, learn how to fold a full-size replica of the 30-by-42-foot banner. 2:30 p.m. most Tuesdays through Saturdays, National Museum of American History, second floor, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Lyric workshop, for ages 13-19, led by local spoken-word poet Candice Danielle Iloh to explore the backgrounds of favorite artists and singers, and to encourage and provide the tools for using your own voice in creating your own world. 5:30 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.
Classical music program, students from the Eastern Music Festival perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Conscious Moves chess club, for ages 10-16, learn the game or improve your skills. 6 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707.
Sam O in concert, the guitarist performs 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org.
Ballets Russes dances on film, “Petrushka” and “Afternoon of a Faun,” performances originally premiered by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes shown in conjunction with the exhibit “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music.” 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Large Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
What the Tower Sees, a National Park Service ranger discusses the city’s geography, architecture and history; take a camera. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
Albus Cavus wheatpasting and poster-making, for ages 13-19, artists, scientists and educators from the international collective teach this highly effective public art technique. 5:30 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Handi-Hour, for age 21 and older, an evening of craft-making, craft beer, live music and more; two drinks and snacks included. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $20. 202-633-1000.
Native America in concert, the New Orleans-based ensemble performs a blend of rock, pop, folk and others. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
J. S. Bach Festival, organist and harpsichordist Stephen Ackert, violinist Claudia Chudacoff and cellist Ben Wensel perform the Sonata in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1016 and the Sonata in G Major for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027 (both works, c.1720). 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $20. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org.
U.S. Marine Band Concert, on the west front plaza. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.
“The Rocky Horror Show,” a horror-comedy musical by Richard O’Brien, starring Mitchell Jarvis as Dr. Frank N. Furter, choreography by Michael Bobbitt. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, continues through Aug. 4, Studio Theatre, Metheny Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $40-$45, discounts for students, seniors and military. 202-332-3300 or www.studiotheatre.org.
“Bridesmaids,” the 2011 comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; coolers, children and leashed dogs welcome. Opens 7 p.m. Film. 8:20 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.nomasummerscreen.com.
National Garden Tour, education technician Alex Torres discusses the diversity of American plants, drawing inspiration from the environments of the Mid-Atlantic region; take sunscreen, protective clothing and water. 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Thursdays through July 25, U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden Lawn Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Author talk, Peter Carlson discusses his book, “Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey,” the story of Albert Richardson and Junius Browne, correspondents for the New York Tribune, who were captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and spent 24 months in prison before escaping and making their way to Union territory. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Harmonia in concert, the Ohio-based ensemble performs music from Central Europe and the Transcarpathian Mountains. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5510; and 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
Library of Congress lecture, Sanjay Subrahmanyam discusses “The Hidden Self: Some First-Person Narratives from India 1500-1800.” 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Storyteller Sharon Gaston, for ages 3-8, listen to high-energy stories about character building. 4 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Autobiographies of India and their significance to South Asian history, historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam discusses the importance of early modern autobiographies and first-person annals of India to the story of how the history of South Asia came to be written. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Art Signs: Gallery Talk in ASL, a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. email@example.com or 202-633-1000.
An Evening in the Garden of Goddess Delight, Tina Lassiter leads a creativity workshop, inviting visitors to create unique collages to evoke change, stimulate thinking and inspire personal transformation. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.
“Apples & Oranges,” for age 13 and older, a romantic comedy by deaf playwright Jessica Willoughby, part of the Capital Fringe Festival, features Sandra Mae Frank and Lance Hall. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 28, Gilbert C. Eastman Studio Theatre, Gallaudet University – Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Call for ticket prices. 866-811-4111 or www.capitalfringe.org.
U.S. Marine Band concert, 8 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-433-4011.
“ Batman Begins,” the 2005 action-adventure film starring Christian Bale and Michael Caine; coolers, friendly leashed dogs and picnic cooler welcome, bring a blanket. 8:35 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .
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