Steph here … You know I’ve gone to a few book conventions over the last few years and have met a lot of fun authors, publishing people and bloggers… well one of them is Kelly Maher who is releasing a new book on July 4th *stayed tuned for my review tomorrow* but she is visiting today to share some of her favorite things to do in Washington, D.C. both on the holiday and period. I hope you enjoy and go grab her book —
Thank you *so* much to Steph and company for welcoming me to Book-A-Holic Anon! I’m Kelly Maher, and my book, THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, releases tomorrow from your favorite ebook retailers!! Since it’s the Fourth of July, and I live and set the novel in DC, I thought I’d share a top five list of my favorite things to do in the DC area, especially during the Fourth!
- Whether I go in person–like I did the first summer I lived in DC–or watch on TV, A CAPITAL FOURTH on PBS is a *MUST*! My family and I have watched for years, and this year’s line-up of performers with host John Stamos (WHOOO-BABY!) is banging! I do have to note that if you go to A CAPITAL FOURTH, you may want to sit to the side of the stage for a better live view of the fireworks. And speaking of fireworks…
- FIREWORKS!! I *love* fireworks displays during the Fourth of July. The DC professional display is gorgeous, and I recommend sitting or standing somewhere near the Lincoln Memorial. If you can’t be that close, there are lots of places with good views, and a friend of mine gives two big thumbs up to the view from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial which is across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial in Virginia.
- After the fireworks, you may want to consider getting some adult milkshakes. There are a number of places in DC that offer these, but my favorites are the ones at Ted’s Bulletin. They’ve got two locations, but I go to the one on 14th Street NW. I’ve taken pretty much all of my family there at some point, and a few of them have requested return visits!
- One of the things I celebrate during the Fourth (besides family birthdays), is what founded our country: the Declaration of Independence. You can see it at the National Archives, along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition to our founding documents, the National Archives has regular exhibits of interesting things in their collections. I particularly enjoyed the one on Prohibition! If you’ve got kids, they also have sleepover events on a regular basis!
- And since Radhika and Colm, my hero and heroine in THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE, are journalists, I can’t not mention the Newseum. This is one of the private museums in DC where you have to pay an entrance fee, but it is totally worth it! Plus, the admission is good for two days. Personally, I’m looking forward to checking out David Fahrenthold’s legal pads where he tracked the work he did while crafting the story about the current president’s history of charitable giving.
I hope you’ll check out THE BRIDESMAID AND THE HURRICANE when it releases! I had a lot of fun talking about things I love doing, seeing, and eating in DC 🙂