A Capital Fourth

Hot damn, it’s hot out!

That was pretty much the single thought that continued repeating from my lips throughout the entire Fourth of July. My friend Ai Rei, who is visiting me from the blissfully frozen wasteland known as Toronto, wanted to be in the Capital for at least a portion of Independence Day. Absolutely, I told her, we’ll see how long you last in the heat. 😉



So Sean, Rei, and I piled onto the Metro and traipsed into the city to take in some of our nation’s capital. Unfortunately, a ton of stuff was roped and fenced off, not only for the holiday security, but also for construction in general. So it wasn’t quite the easy breezy monument tour I had in mind, though we still got some good ones in. Ai Rei is off taking in the Smithsonian sights as I type this, so hopefully that means she hasn’t been totally turned off by the city!

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Ai Rei is a total photog, so naturally, many pictures were taken. Avast ye!



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Did I mention it was hot? It was flippin’ hot.


As sweaty and disgusting as we were, I can’t imagine how bad it must have been for some of the people dancing and marching and whatnot in the parade!


Mr. King, Jr. agrees.

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As does Honest Abe.

I convinced Ai Rei that the five hours it would take to metro home after the National Fireworks just wasn’t worth it, so after we were sufficiently destroyed by the heat, we crawled back to the Metro. My subsequent shower was the most amazing shower I’ve ever taken. Then after a quick, super patriotic, dinner of hot dogs, the three of us joined my family over at the Falls Church celebration!


My brother‘s 80s cover band, Judo Chop, rocked our faces off before the fireworks began.


And then before we knew it… KABOOM!




The Falls Church fireworks show was actually really impressive. They had SO many! I was all “ooh” and “aww” and generally agog with delight. I hope you all had an equally wonderful holiday. Happy Friday!



  1. You are just so darn cute! Love your happy smile.

  2. Keithsays:

    Impressive fireworks shots!!

  3. It was HOTTTT. Props to you guys for doing more adventurous things than sitting. Where is that quote about women from? Is that at WWII??? I’ve never noticed it before!

  4. <3 80's cover bands! 🙂

    I'm from the greater Toronto area and it's been 103+ degrees out for well over a week! lol. We've had 3 heat waves already this summer.

    • Haha! Guess I should tell Ai Rei that so she knows she would be melting even if she stayed home, haha!

  5. I’ve lived here for 32 years… and can’t remember ever going to DC on the 4th!! Isn’t that crazy? I’ve thought about it- but I know that it would take forever to get out of the city…
    Your brother has an 80s cover band?! That is so awesome! I want to go see them!

  6. What a fun little outing. I love DC and I would like to experience a 4th celebration there just to say “I’ve done that”.

  7. Jen Robinsonsays:

    Those photos are great! Such a fun 4th- wish I could have been there with all of you!!

  8. Looks awesome! I’ve always thought it would be really fun to be in DC for the fourth. Maybe one year I’ll make that happen!

  9. Perfect place to be on the 4th!

  10. robinsays:

    LOVE DC!

  11. kristen @ livinlifeinlouiesays:

    what a great way to spend the fourth! It was 108 here in st louis! next week it will be in the 90s! I can’t wait haha

  12. I just love your outlook on life, it rocks! And I am so excited to be coming up from the Gulf Coast to be running the Marine Corp Marathon and seeing all those great sites you guys got to see. Thanks for being awesome! Larisa

  13. Hey I see Sean is a fellow Hokie 🙂 🙂 🙂

    At least it isnt supposed to be as hot this week!

    • He sure is! Hokie pride all the way with him. 🙂

      I know! Even though today is all drizzly and icky, it’s still only like 76 right now, which is amaaaaazing!

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