Happy Fourth of July!

Dear Resident,

Happy Fourth of July! My staff and I are getting excited about joining neighbors maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com-4th-Of-July-Fourth-Of-July-Independence-Day-2454956.jpgtomorrow at the 16th Annual Barracks Row 4th of July Parade and the Palisades Citizens Association's 51st Annual July 4th Parade and Picnic.

Neighborhood Parades: If you're interested in walking with us tomorrow, please do! For Barracks Row, half of my office will meet at 9:30 a.m. at 8th and I Streets SE. For Palisades, the other half will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Whitehaven Pkwy NW (between Foxhall Rd and MacArthur Blvd behind The Lab School of Washington). All you need to bring is your patriotism—and maybe your dancing shoes.

Enjoying Fireworks: As you kick off your Independence Day celebrations this weekend, please keep in mind a few reminders about firework facts and safety in the District:

  • There is a limited list of permitted fireworks that the Metropolitan Police Department allows in the District, including small sparklers (not more than 20 inches long), torches, cones, box fires, and fountains.
  • Any firework that moves, explodes, or emits a spark or flame greater than 12 feet is not permitted in the District.
  • To report the use or sale of illegal fireworks, contact the DC Fire and Emergency Services Department's Fire Prevention Division at (202) 727-1600 or (202) 727-1614.

Staying Cool in the Heat: The Department of Parks and Recreation has adjusted spray park and pool hours for the holiday weekend. Spray parks will operate from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Indoor pools will be closed on Tuesday, and outdoor pools will be open on Tuesday from 12:00-6:00 p.m. It will be hot, so take advantage of these if you can!

There is also a lengthy list of free DC-area Independence Day happenings that you might be interested in, along with a few fun neighborhood events below:

I'm looking forward to enjoying our celebrations of American freedom and wish you a safe, hydrated, and happy Independence Day.