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4th of July holiday weekend trip to D.C.
Spend the 4th of July with us in our nation’s capital and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the Washington Monument along with a free concert on the lawn of the National Mall overlooking the Washington Monument before the fireworks!
Also enjoy visits to the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WW II Memorial, as well as a visit to George Washington’s mansion, estate and gardens at Mount Vernon, and a visit to Fort McHenry, birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner where you will see a live historical 18th century bayonet demonstration and other fascinating historical exhibits about the flag and our nation’s heritage.
Saturday July 1st – Arrive on your own into Washington DC. Make your way to our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hamilton at 1001 14th street NW. Our hotel is ideally located just a 10 minute walk from the Smithsonian museums and only a 15 minute walk from the Washington Monument or just one block from the metro for a 5 minute ride to the Washington Monument.
This evening we will have a brief meet and greet in the lobby of our hotel at 6:30pm, followed by a walk to a local restaurant for those wishing to dine together this evening.
Sunday July 2nd – This morning we will be driven in a private minivan approx. 30 minutes to Mount Vernon, to visit the mansion, gardens and estate grounds of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
One of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and immersive programs honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.
Monday July 3rd – Today we will enjoy a morning visit to the Lincoln Memorial and see the reflecting pond along the Potomac River behind the memorial. It is from here that tomorrow’s fireworks will be launched.
The rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure the museums of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian comprises some of the greatest museums in the US. The most popular of its museums are the National Air and Space Museum, American History Museum and American Indian Museum. Also nearby is the National Holocaust Museum and the National Archives (which is where you can see the original Declaration of Independence). All are within walking distance, or if you wish, you may also take the metro very easily and then return to our hotel easily by foot or metro. The museums of the Smithsonian are free admission.
Tuesday July 4th – Today is a full day of walking to visit the historical and world famous monuments along the National Mall, highlighted by the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and others.
We will reconvene together at 1:30pm at a designated spot back at the base of the steps in front of the WWII Memorial, just a short walk from the center of the parade route. (The meeting point will be designated by your trip leader at the end of this morning’s visit to the WWII memorial)
This afternoon, we will enjoy another semi-circular walk, visiting the other side of the circular monument route, to see the FDR Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and finally the Washington Monument, where we will sit on the lawn and enjoy a free late afternoon, early evening concert of Pop, Rock and Jazz, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, in front of the Washington Monument (from approx. 5:30 until 9pm). Food vendors are scattered around the grassy National Mall area, as well as restroom facilities. After the sun has set, we will witness the most amazing 4th of July fireworks display you will ever see (beginning at shortly after 9pm).
If you are going on our optional one night trip extension to Colonial Williamsburg VA, we will depart this morning for the drive which is approx. two and one half hours. Upon arrival we will be taken to the historic district which contains a large walkable path where we will enjoy a full free afternoon to explore at your own pace the many colonial era buildings, exhibits and demonstrations. There are close to 80 historic colonial buildings on the approx. 2 mile long walkable path, including:
Some of the demonstrations you may see:
Take part as American colonists make the life-altering choice of whether to remain loyal to the British king or to fight for a free and independent nation. Join an angry mob as it storms the Governor’s Palace to demand the return of the colony’s gunpowder.
Join the troops as they muster to march to Yorktown and prepare for what they are certain will be a victory to guarantee American Independence
Get caught up in the stories of struggle and hardship. Witness the arrival of news of the Declaration of Independence and join the debate over the meaning of “All men are created equal.” Be there as Benedict Arnold occupies the town and imposes martial law on its people.
Find out what it was like to live in a town in the midst of revolution. What were the challenges of creating a new government against the backdrop of war? Which side would you take? Take part in the events and everyday life of Williamsburg, and meet famous patriots as well as lesser-known heroes.
At the end of the day we will gather at a designated location.
Thursday July 6th – We will have one transport time to the Richmond airport this morning. Passengers wishing to go to the airport earlier or later today, may make their own arrangements to go from the hotel to the airport.
TRIP COST: July 1-5: ONLY $899 with a roommate of the same gender
Optional single supplement: $375
Optional one night extension to Colonial Williamsburg: $250 per person with roommate of the same gender
A deposit of $250 is due in 7 days of booking. This is refundable if canceled by March 1st and non refundable thereafter.
Balance payments are due April 10th and are non refundable.