From the Safeway Barbeque Battle, to the Smithsonian Folk Festival, to the Museum of Natural History and its breathtaking mineral and gemstone exhibit, to the culinary delights of Chinatown and Gallery Place, the District of Columbia continues to fulfill its promise as a place of constant adventure and discovery. The 4th of July will present another opportunity to enjoy the cultural offerings of DC. I’ve always pondered about what it would be like to celebrate our nation’s independence, along with my fellow Americans, in our nations Capitol. To watch the fireworks against the striking silhouette of the Washington Monument, or welcome the holiday with a festive parade, I’m extremely fortunate to be able to have these experiences. Growing up in Kansas I would wake up each holiday to watch the coverage of festivities on TV, particularly the watch the Thanksgiving Day parade. This Independence Day in DC I will have the opportunity to witness an event that the nation anxiously anticipates with my own eyes rather than through a camera lens and a screen. A chance to celebrate and commemorate the actions our forefather’s took to secure freedom, independence, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens of these great United States.