A Fabulous Fourth
The Fourth of July will be celebrated in Washington with a parade, dramatic reenactments, concerts and fireworks:
The two-day Freedom Jazz Fest features concerts by Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, guitarist Bobby Parker, the J Street Jumpers and DKGB on Saturday, and Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana, Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora, Craig Harris & Nation of Imagination, Nils Petter Molvaer and Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa on Sunday. The festival takes place Saturday from 4 to 10, and Sunday from 2 to 10 on Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Metro Center). Free. Call 202/723-7500.
The National Archives celebrates the 223rd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence Sunday at 10 a.m. with a concert of patriotic music by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry ("The Old Guard") Fife & Drum Corps and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Starting at 9, actors will portray Betsy Ross, Abigail Adams, Patrick Henry and George Washington. The activities take place outside the Archives, on Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets (Metro: Archives/ Navy Memorial). Inside, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights will be on display. Free; call 202/501-5000.
The National Independence Day Parade, Sunday from 11:45 to 2, features more than 60 units, including giant balloons, floats, costumed characters and marching bands. It starts on Constitution Avenue at Seventh Street NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle) and marches west on Constitution to 17th Street NW. Free; call 202/619-7222.
The National Independence Day Concert takes place Sunday from 4 to just before the evening fireworks at the Sylvan Theatre on the southwest corner of the Washington Monument grounds (Metro: Smithsonian). Performers include gospel star Shirley Caesar, Latin jazz great Tito Puente, bluesman John Jackson, Eddie Kamae & the Sons of Hawaii, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, R&B stars Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe and bluegrass master Ralph Stanley & his Clinch Mountain Boys. The concert is free; call 202/619-7222.
Actor Barry Bostwick hosts the Capitol Fourth Concert, Sunday at 8, as jazz saxophonist Kenny G, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, vocalists Nell Carter, Maureen McGovern, Jo Dee Messina and the Temptations Review join the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (Metro: Capitol South, Union Station). The rain date is Monday. A full-scale dress rehearsal is set for Saturday at 7:30; spectators are welcome. Free; call 202/619-7222.
The fireworks show starts Sunday at 9:10 p.m. over the Washington Monument grounds. (Rain date Monday.) Free; call 202/619-7222.
The Metro system will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. or until the crowd is cleared. Metro advises passengers to buy round-trip farecards to avoid a wait. Bicycles will not be allowed on Metrorail on Sunday. For Metro information, call 202/637-7000. For recorded information about these Fourth of July events, call 202/619-7275.
A list of other Fourth of July events is on Page 67.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, showcasing the cultures of New Hampshire, Romania and South Africa, winds up this weekend. The festival is on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). Events run from 11 to 5:30 each day and include music, dancing, crafts and other activities. Each evening, there's a dance party from 5:30 to 7 and a concert from 7 to 9 (except July 4). On Friday at 7, the dance concert features Los Hermanos Layton and Gilberto Perez y Sus Compadres. It's all free. For a recording of events, call 202/357-4574; for information, call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729. The festival's Web site is: www.si.edu/folklife.
Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" is the featured play at Olney Theater Center's Summer Shakespeare Festival, Wednesday through July 10 at 8 at the theater at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (Route 108) in Olney. Free, but call 301/ 924-3400 for reservations. The festival then moves to outdoor locations in Bowie (July 20-21), Laurel (July 22-23) and Fort Washington (July 24-25). For information on these performances, call 301/454-1450.
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Titanic: A New Musical," sails into the Kennedy Center Opera House on Wednesday and stays through Aug. 21. Performances are Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8; Saturdays at 2 and 8; Sundays at 1:30 and 7, plus a matinee on Thursday at 2. Tickets are $20 to $75. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).
America, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night and Stevie & the Satellites perform at the Happy Birthday America concert, Saturday at 6 at Prince George's Stadium, at Routes 197 and 301 in Bowie. Fireworks will be launched after the concert. Tickets are $25, $35 reserved, $40 infield. For tickets, call Ticketmaster; at 202/432-7328 (plus service charges).
Art for the Children
Children can try painting, basketry and other art forms and then enjoy performances by international dance and musical groups at the ChildArt 2000 Festival, Friday through Tuesday from 11 to 5 on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, Archives/Navy Memorial). Sesame Street's Elmo and Cookie Monster visit Friday from 11 to 5. It's all free; call 202/530-1000.
CAPTION: Orthodox nun Maica Siluana of Romania paints icons.
CAPTION: John Jackson plays at July 4 concert.