In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day week­end ac­tiv­i­ties

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In­de­pen­dence Day, which is on July 4, will be a time for a won­der­ful week­end for lots of time for ac­tiv­i­ties at home as well as in nearby places. This year July 4 is on the first Mon­day of the month which will be a long week­end for ev­ery­one. Get out the grill for some good cook­ing of hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, ribs, steaks, as well as corn on the cob, for ev­ery­one to en­joy. And, you can get a chance to cool off as you jump into the pool. Some­times it is just enough for some peo­ple to just find a shady spot, re­move the shoes, pick up the pa­per, get a cold drink and just re­lax. There are also lots of games to play as you com­pete with one an­other. And, don’t let those young folks show off as they beat you and be­gin to brag about what they just did.

If, how­ever, you want to go out, there are sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties in the area that are opened for en­ter­tain­ment, fun, re­lax­ing and eat­ing foods. Bal­ti­more has a free mu­sic fes­ti­val with live per­for­mances, sem­i­nars and fam­ily fun at the Cam­den Yards Sports and En­ter­tain­ment Com­plex on July 2-3. Host­ing this event will be by Vivica A. Fox and Jonathan Slocumb.

You can also cel­e­brate July 4 at the Na­tional Ar­chives where there is the Na­tional Ar­chives Mu­seum to see re-en­ac­tors read the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence at 10 a.m. There is also the Na­tional Ar­chives Store nearby. And, there is the Na­tional In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade go­ing down Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. at 11:45 a.m. The an­nual con­cert, “A Capi­tol Fourth,” will be on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capi­tol, which will fea­ture Smokey Robin­son, Kenny Log­gins and Gavin DeGraw as well as other peo­ple. And, this is a free event. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

Also, there will be fire­works on the Mall in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., start­ing at 9 p.m. and will last for 20 min­utes on In­de­pen­dence Day, Mon­day, July 4.

Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church ac­tiv­i­ties

Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, lo­cated at 14515 Church St., Up­per Marl­boro, opens the door for Sun­day ser­vices with Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. Adult/youth fo­rum with a nurs­ery pro­vided and Holy Eucharist with mu­sic and Sun­day school with a nurs­ery pro­vided also at 10:30 a.m. They are ask­ing for volunteers to help with the sort­ing of food on Thurs­day, July 7, at 7 p.m., bag­ging the food on Fri­day, July 8, at 8 a.m. and dis­tribut­ing the food on Satur­day, July 9, from 7 to 9 a.m. help­ing the Marl­boro Food Bank. Rev­erend Martha Bon­witt is the church’s rec­tor where the par­ish of­fice phone num­ber is 301-627-2636.

Sight and Sound The­atres

For a won­der­ful trip, a live pre­sen­ta­tion, and an en­joy­able day, a ride to Lan­caster County, Pa., is worth the ef­fort. This the­ater “em­ploys over 600 tal­ented and ded­i­cated peo­ple who are all com­mit­ted to one thing — bring­ing the Bi­ble to life on and off the stage.” Play­ing there now is Sam­son for your en­joy­ment. And, this year, 2016 is the 40th an­niver­sary of Sight and Sound The­atres. There are sev­eral churches and or­ga­ni­za­tions that will be trav­el­ing to this the­ater to see this won­der­ful show. Or you can look for­ward to and per­haps plan a trip to Lan­caster County, Pa., next year to see Jonah.

While you are in Lan­caster County, you will also have an op­por­tu­nity to go to Kitchen Ket­tle Vil­lage lo­cated on Route 340 and is 10 miles east of Lan­caster City in the town of In­ter­course. There are 40 unique shops, restau­rants and lodg­ing for your en­joy- ment as well as places to eat, shop and lodge. And, there is free ad­mis­sion and plenty of park­ing spa­ces in­clud­ing hand­i­capped and buses park­ing spa­ces. They also of­fer fun rides and other ac­tiv­i­ties which can be en­joyed by the whole fam­ily. They are opened year round, Mon­day to Satur­day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but from Novem­ber to April the open­ing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. How­ever, there are some shops that have lim­ited hours dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. They are closed on Satur­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, you can call 1-800-732-3538 or go on­line to­ket­

Plan to go to en­joy some good food, go to a show and shop. I went re­cently with a bus load and I had a won­der­ful time.

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