4th of July - 2013 Washington DC
On this July 4, many will be celebrating the day with barbecues, watching fireworks, being on the lake, and traveling to and from beaches.

Songs will fill the airwaves commemorating this the 240th anniversary of when our Founding Fathers declared their independence from England and starting what would become the United States of America.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

(Photo via Matthew Staubmuller, on Flickr)

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Coast Guard reminds mariners to remain safe during 4th of July weekend

The Coast Guard is reminding mariners to be safe on the water during the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Several fireworks displays are planned throughout the region, which may affect boater traffic.

Mariners are urged to transit these areas with caution, to keep a sharp lookout for other watercraft, and are reminded to heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials.

Absent specific guidance, mariners should remain 300 yards from any fireworks discharge site. Questions regarding fireworks displays above or near navigable waters may be directed to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region at (410) 576-2693.

“We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the holiday weekend, but more importantly we want boaters to return home to family and friends,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.

Other safety tips for the holiday weekend include:

  • Have a designated driver – In the sun and out on the water, boaters are more susceptible to the affects of alcohol.
  • Wear a lifejacket – Even within arms length, donning a lifejacket during an accident can become impossible. If a boater loses consciousness, access to a lifejacket will do nothing for them.Having a reliable form of communication – Cell phones can lose service and power.
  • Having a marine band radio and calling out on VHF-Channel 16 will provide a boater with the best chance of response.

Downloading the Coast Guard app will provide access to essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.

(Photo via Coast Guard News, on Flickr)

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Traffic Alert: July 4 Road Closures

The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police, US Park Police, and Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple roadways in the Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 4th, 2016.  These closures are designed to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for the Independence Day events and fireworks.

Listed below are the streets and times that will be affected:  (more…)

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City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for 2016 Independence Day Holiday

All City of Alexandria, Virginia government offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on July 4.  This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Here is the breakdown…

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July 4, 2016 service information

Metro is the fastest, most convenient way to get to July 4 holiday festivities on the National Mall or any of the other great events around the National Capital Region.

Here is an overview of rail and bus service on the holiday, as well as some important travel tips for riders:

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July 4 parade in Bristol, VA

Image via @Israel O’Quinn on Twitter

Alexandria, Virginia has been ranked as a top city for veterans, signs an annual covenant with local military, and has also recently adopted a military-friendly school policy. Many streets in Alexandria hang quite a lot of flags on their block.

So, why don’t we have a Fourth of July parade? Washington, D.C. has a parade but, should Alexandria? See the packed parade in Bristol, Virginia yesterday above.

What do you think about this? Discuss below.

As with all of our Sunday discussions, feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.

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