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4th of July holiday weekend trip to D.C.
Sat. July 1- Wed. July 5
With optional one night extension
to Colonial Williamsburg VA

 Description: Fourth of July Fireworks 2011 in Washington DC

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.

You will also enjoy a free day to explore the many museums of the Smithsonian, walking distance from our hotel.

DAILY ITINERARY

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.

We will enjoy a guided 20 minute tour of the mansion.  After the tour, free time to explore the gardens, see a 25 minute film of Washington’s life, explore the pioneer farm where you watch a demonstration of an 18th century ship being built and can meet locals of that era and take a trolley to the education center to see interactive exhibits and a 4 D movie about the revolutionary war.

Brunch/Lunch is available for purchase at the on-site restaurant, after which we will leave Mount Vernon.

This afternoon we will visit Fort Mchenry, site where the Star Spangled Banner was written.

We will enjoy a 15 minute film about the history of the national anthem being written here during the war of 1812. Then we will walk the grounds of the fort and enjoy a historical demonstration of 18th century bayonets with soldiers dressed in attire of the era.

Free time is also provided to explore historical exhibits at the visitor’s center.

Leaving Fort McHenry we will head to the scenic Baltimore Harbor where we will have free time to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants where crab cakes are the specialty, after which we will return to our hotel in DC.

 

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.

Description: Lincoln memorial in white marble stock photo
Interior of Lincoln Memorial
Description: Lincoln Memorial at Sunset stock photo
Exterior of Lincoln Memorial

 

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 start our day with a walk to take photos of the White House (Naturally, for security reasons, tourists cannot get close to the White House, but photos can be taken at a distance from the street).  Next we will make a semi-circular walk along the monuments of the National Mall, stopping to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and World War II Memorial. 

After completing this semi-circle of monuments we will have 2 hours of free time at leisure from 11:30-1:30 to watch the mid-day 4th of July parade, have lunch or just relax if you wish.  The parade route is a short walk from the last stop on our morning walk (the WWII Memorial).  The parade route does not have bleachers or other designated seating – everyone watches it from a standing position, all along Constitution Avenue (or from their own folding chairs).  Those that wish to go to the parade can follow your trip leader to the parade route and then pick your own viewing location standing along Constitution Avenue.

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).

The fireworks, launched from the reflecting pool behind the Lincoln Memorial, along the Potomac, hit the skies above the Washington Monument, making for incredible photo opportunities.  A patriotic soundtrack accompanies the fireworks display.  

                                                                Description: Fourth of July Fireworks 2011 in Washington DC
 
Wednesday July 5th – If you are not going on the optional one night trip extension to Colonial Williamsburg VA, you will make your way to the airport at your leisure. 

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:

A Colonial Courthouse, where re-enactments of 18th century court proceedings take place

A colonial era weapons storehouse

A colonial era blacksmith shop

The old governor’s mansion from the 18th century when Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia.

Bassett Hall – The summer mansion of the Rockefeller family

Some of the demonstrations you may see:

  • Experience 1775 and the Beginning of the Revolution

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.

  • Prepare to March to Victory and Independence

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

  • Engage in Battle in the Years 1776–1781

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.

  • Discover the Daily Challenges and Sacrifices

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.

An optional horse and carriage ride is offered in the early evening ($20 per person) and then we will together go to Chownings Tavern for dinner and lively  entertainment.  After dinner we will be taken to our hotel in nearby Richmond VA (only 45 minutes away).  Accommodations at Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn or similar.

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

Trip includes:

* 4 nights’ accommodations at the 4 star Crowne Plaza Hamilton Hotel in Washington DC, walking distance to the monuments and museums.
* Transport via private minivan July 2nd from our hotel to Mount Vernon and Fort McHenry and back to our hotel
* Entrance to both Mount Vernon and Fort McHenry
* Guided walk to Lincoln Memorial on July 3rd
* Guided walk through monuments on July 4th

Optional one night extension to Colonial Williamsburg: $250 per person with roommate of the same gender

Optional single supplement: Only $89

Includes:

* one night accommodations in Richmond VA
* Transport from DC to Williamsburg in private minivan
* Admission to Colonial Williamsburg
* Transport to Richmond Airport on morning of July 6th

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.

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