The Palisades Parade kicks off at MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway NW at 11 a.m. (Susan Biddle/For The Washington Post)

It’s the Fourth of July in the District of Columbia, which means two things: (1) Get your butt to the Palisades Parade. And (2) it’s time for your yearly reminder of the District’s state of less-than-total independence. Delivering your holiday message this year is Post columnist Bob McCartney, who asks new D.C. Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry what sort of  progress city residents can expect to see on the representational front. Baby steps, she says: “Incremental progress is progress. … Our ultimate goal is full democracy for D.C. and statehood, but we understand there is a path to get there, and we are open to moving pegs along in the process.” That progress, she says, could include … gasp … retrocession.

N.B.: D-of-D is taking Friday off. Back on Monday!

In other news:

Family of man who died of heart attack after 30-minute ambulance wait sues city for $12 million (PostWTOP)

Darrell Issa isn’t happy about D.C. decision to mandate small business use of health exchange (WaTimesWBJ)

Lawyers for protest arrestees want D.C. government lawyers sanctioned (APPost)

Howard University’s woes, in context (Post)

Judge Royce Lamberth defends his FISA work (NPR)

Look: Real, live, working credit card readers being installed in taxis (WBJDCist)

Aetna joins UnitedHeath in dropping exchange rates (WBJ)

Phil Mendelson bill aims to end ticket-adjudication tales of woe (WTOPWJLA-TV)

Forty years after Home Rule, D.C. is no more independent (Washingtonian)

What a deal: Ralph Nader will get us statehood for $11 million (Loose Lips)

Neighbors’ lawsuit could push back Hine redevelopment six months or more (WBJ)

Bikeshare workers say they’ll turn up the heat if contractor doesn’t pay up (Housing Complex)

Nader-affiliated District Dynamos won’t be supporting your public-private library deal, thank you very much (GGW)

With victim’s death, horrendous burning becomes a homicide (Homicide WatchWUSA-TV)

Petworth bistro soon to be overtaken by rugrats (GOG)

It really does get hotter than Death Valley here sometimes (CWG)