National Police Week-is a federally recognized remembrance that honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Time: Varies depending on day and event
National Memorial Day Parade-for sixty years, the nationís capital was without a parade on Memorial Day to honor all who served our country. The World War II Veterans Committee has taken the lead in reviving this annual tradition.
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Capital Pride-the fourth-largest gay pride event in the United States, Capital Pride events and the Capital Pride Festival is a nine-day festival focusing on diversity, cultural achievement, civil rights issues and entertainment by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, families and friends.
Time: Capital Pride Parade Step-Off at 6:30pm from 23rd and P Streets, NW
Admission: Always free and open to the public
Cherry-the weekend dance benefit with many social events and an all night dance party is popular with locals and visitors alike. Funds generated from the events benefit a number of local gay and lesbian nonprofits.
Time: Check the website for times
Admission: $70 for Gold VIP pass, Individual Tickets vary
6/23 & 24/07
National Capital Barbecue Battle-the Barbecue battle features serious competition between top BBQ competitors, great BBQ restaurants from our area and around the country, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, interactive cooking displays and childrenís activities.
Time: Saturday: 11am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-7:30pm
Admission: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 or younger. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Call 301-860-0630 for group tickets.
Location: Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets.
DC Caribbean Festival-the highlight of the Carnival is the annual parade, which includes 25 colorful bands of masqueraders accompanied by the sweetest, most infectious music, will be dancing up a storm down Georgia Avenue from Missouri Avenue, NW to Banneker Park, NW across from the campus of Howard University.
Time: Individual activity times vary. Parade 10am-3pm.
Location: Individual event locations vary-see website for details.
6/27-7/1/07 & 7/4-8/07
Smithsonian Folk Life Festival-The Smithsonian Folk Life festival is a national, even international, celebration of contemporary living traditions. The festival typically includes daily and evening programs of music, song, dance, celebratory performance, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, illustrations of workersí culture, and narrative sessions for discussing cultural issues.
Time: 11am-5:30pm daily; Evening events 5:30pm-9pm
Location: National Mall
Independence Day Celebration-Celebrate the nationís birthday in the nationís capital. Donít miss the parade, with more then 100 marching units stepping out at noon along Constitution Avenue. When thatís over, popular music groups entertain from mid-afternoon until the fireworks. The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest stars and soloists, performs at 8pm. The fireworks show begins around 9:20pm over the Washington Monument grounds.
Time: Parade begins at Noon. Fireworks after 9pm and lasts for 30 minutes.
Location: Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets.