Independence Day holiday weekend activities
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 www.archivesjuly4.org.
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 to www.kitchenkettle.com.
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.