Celebrating the Fourth

These are some of the many area events scheduled to commemorate Independence Day. For others, see Page 29.


* The National Archives, on Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets, celebrates the 229th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence Monday with a ceremony at 10, including a dramatic reading of the Declaration, and a family program from 11 to 4. Actors from the American Historical Theatre will portray Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman and other figures; Colonial-era music will be performed; and the original Charters of Freedom will be displayed. 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 Monday starting at 11:45 at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW and traveling west to 17th Street. Call 202-619-7222.

* Country star Kathy Mattea will join the U.S. Navy Band for "America's 2005 Independence Day Celebration" Monday from 4 to 9:10 at the southwest corner of the Washington Monument grounds. Call 202-619-7222 or 202-433-2525.

* The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform Monday at 6 on the North Terrace of the National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Call 202-619-7222 or 202-767-5658.

* The Beach Boys, Gloria Estefan, the O'Jays, Il Divo, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and other stars join the National Symphony Orchestra Monday at 8 for the free "A Capitol Fourth 2005" concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Actor Barry Bostwick is the host. Erich Kunzel conducts. No tickets are required. Call 202-619-7222.

* The spectacular 20-minute fireworks show over the Washington Monument grounds begins Monday about 9:10. Call 202-619-7222.

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

Around Town

* In Baltimore, entertainment by street performers begins Monday at noon in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. An antique car show will be open nearby from noon to 5, and the Shriners stage their Celebration Parade along Pratt Street from 1 to 6. A concert by Radiant starts at 7, followed by a fireworks show over the harbor at 9:30. Call 877-225-8466.

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

* In McLean, the McLean Community Center sponsors a free family festival Monday at 6 at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, with music by the U.S. Navy Band's Commodores, field games and food vendors. Fireworks begin at 9:15. Call 703-790-0123.

Real Life, Real People

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues through Monday on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets, with entertainment, talks, crafts demonstrations, exhibits and specialty food vendors. Admission is free. The major themes this year are "Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea," "Forest Service, Culture and Community," "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" and "Food Culture U.S.A." Most activities are open daily from 11 to 5:30 and are followed most evenings by dance parties and concerts. A highlight is the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert Friday at 5:30, honoring the late festival director and featuring the Comanche Hymn Singers and other Native American performers. For a recorded schedule of events, call 202-633-9884. For general information, call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729) or visit www.folklife.si.edu.

'Crowns' Shines Again

Arena Stage brings back "Crowns," its musical celebration of African American women and their Sunday-best hats, opening Tuesday and continuing through Aug. 7 in the Kreeger Theater, Sixth and M streets SW (Metro: Waterfront-SEU). Tickets cost $49 to $68. Call 202-488-3300. See story on Page 20.

Music of the World

Algerian superstar Khaled and his "Peace Through Music" tour appear Friday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Often called the King of Rai, the cheerful dance-pop sound from North Africa, Khaled will be joined by reggae singer Elan, drummer Walfredo Reyes and other guests artists. Tickets cost $35 to $55 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-994-6800.

Pirates on the Potomac

The legendary Kirov Ballet dances "Le Corsaire," a swashbuckling tale of daring pirates, passionate heroines and evil kidnappers first staged in Paris in 1856, opening Tuesday in the Kennedy Center Opera House (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The schedule: Tuesday through July 8 at 7:30, July 9 at 1:30 and 7:30, and July 10 at 1:30. Tickets cost $47 to $112. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Fourth of July fireworks will light up the sky over the Mall Monday. Elvira Tarasova and Ilya Kuznetsov dance with the Kirov Ballet in "Le Corsaire."