These are some of the many area events scheduled to commemorate Independence Day. For others, see Page 52.


* The National Archives, on Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets, celebrates the 228th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence Sunday with a ceremony at 10, including a reading of the Declaration by "George Washington" and a performance by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. During a family program from 11 to 4, actors from the American Historical Theatre will portray Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other figures; children's authors will visit during a history book fair, and the original Charters of Freedom will be displayed until 9. Call 202-501-5000 (TDD: 202-501-5404).

* Bands, floats, giant balloons, military units, dancers, cultural organizations and other groups will march in the National Independence Day Parade Sunday starting at 11:45 at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW, traveling west to 17th Street. Call 202-619-7222.

* The Army Blues jazz band and singer Marlena Shaw pay tribute to the big-band era Sunday at 6 on the Washington Monument grounds at 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Call 703-696-3399.

* The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants perform Sunday at 6 on the North Terrace of the National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Call 202-767-5658.

* Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Yolanda Adams, Robin Gibb, Clay Aiken and other stars join the National Symphony Orchestra Sunday at 8 for the free "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Erich Kunzel conducts and Barry Bostwick is host. No tickets are required. (A public dress rehearsal begins Saturday at 7:30.)

* The spectacular fireworks show over the Washington Monument grounds begins Sunday at about 9:10. Call the National Park Service, 202-619-7222 or 202-783-3678.

* Visitors to the Mall must pass through security checkpoints. Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, fireworks and personal grills are prohibited. The Metro system closes at midnight; the Smithsonian Metro stop will be closed all day. Metro stations closest to the Mall are Federal Triangle, L'Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial. For Metro information, call 202-637-7000 (TDD: 202-638-3780) or visit

Around Town

* In Baltimore, free all-day entertainment by local groups begins Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Visiting tall ships will be open for tours from 10 to noon and 2 to 6. The Pat McGee Band plays at 8:30, followed by a fireworks show over the harbor at 9:30. Call 877-225-8466.

* In Gaithersburg, a free concert by the Legendary Orioles begins Sunday at 7 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Route 355 and Perry Parkway, followed by fireworks at dusk. Call 301-258-6350.

* In McLean, a family festival sponsored by the McLean Community Center begins Sunday at 6 at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, with live music, carnival rides, field games and food vendors. Fireworks start at dusk. Call 703-790-0123.

Real People, Real Life

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's 38th annual celebration of folk culture, concludes Sunday on the Mall between Ninth and 14th streets NW, with entertainment, talks, crafts demonstrations, exhibits and food vendors open daily from 11 to 5:30. Concerts and dance parties continue until 9 Friday and Saturday. The themes this year are "Haiti: Freedom and Creativity From the Mountains to the Sea," "Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities" and "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture." Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729) or visit

What If?

The Olney Theatre Center opens its production of "Copenhagen" with a "pay-what-you-can" preview Tuesday at 7:30. Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for best play, "Copenhagen" is Michael Frayn's speculation about what might have happened during a secret 1941 meeting between two Nobel laureate physicists who found themselves on opposite sides of World War II during the race to build the first atomic bomb. Tickets go on sale at the box office, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Tuesday at 6:30. The run continues through Aug. 8; regular prices are $15 to $36. Call 301-924-3400.

Skatepark Rolls

Into Virginia

Professional and amateur skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters will compete on a 60-foot-wide half-pipe ramp in the second stop of the national 2004 Mobile Skatepark Series Saturday and Sunday at Dulles Town Center, at routes 7 and 28 in Dulles. There will also be amateur workshops and competitions, live bands, video games, autograph sessions and vendor displays. Events are scheduled Saturday from 11 to 9:30, concluding with a fireworks show, and Sunday from 10 to 5:30. Admission is free. Call 703-404-7100.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Koji Kraft defies gravity in the Mobile Skatepark Series in Dulles.