The District

ON THE MALL: An Independence Day parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and end at 17th Street and Constitution. The 38th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Mall, featuring dance, song, food, crafts and more. Fireworks launched from the reflecting pool grounds will start at 9:10 p.m. Rain date is Monday. Use of Metro is advised. For information, call 202-619-7222.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Led by conductor Erich Kunzel, the National Symphony Orchestra will play at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Barry Bostwick, the concert will also feature performances by Yolanda Adams, Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Clay Aiken and a special tribute to the late Ray Charles. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 202-619-7222, or visit the PBS Web site at

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: A free celebration for the nation's 228th birthday at the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Includes a reading at 10 a.m. of the Declaration of Independence on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building, followed by a patriotic musical performance, voter registration, a history book fair and exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM CONCERT: The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic music at the sixth annual Independence Day Concert. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the North Terrace outside the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

PALISADES AREA PARADE: The parade begins at noon at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard NW. It will proceed along MacArthur to the Palisades Park and Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana places NW. Refreshments and children's activities are planned. For information, call 202-363-7441.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL: Organist Erik Wm. Suter performs at the annual Fourth of July organ recital 11 a.m. Monday at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. For information, call 202-537-6200.

-- Compiled by CARRIE DONOVAN


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