Canada Day and Fourth of July in One Week!? PARTY!!

Canada Day and Fourth of July in One Week!? PARTY!!

As if there wasn't already enough to do in the nation's capital, the events planned for both Canada Day and the Fourth of July made it a busy week but lots of fun! Made lots of new friends and did my best to avoid a heat stroke!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Canada? Beer and poutine of course! The Canadian Embassy hosted a Canada Day party at Rhino Bar in Georgetown with all you can eat poutine and free beverages. Americans and Canadians came together to make it a great time!  This was just the first of many events courtesy of the Canadian Embassy here in D.C.


D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact


The next day there was another Canadian Embassy hosted event; a tailgate party at the D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact soccer game. Show some Canadian pride by wearing a Canada flag pin and you get free drinks and hot dogs! This whole weekend has been over 100° (that's over 38° for the Canadian readers) and very humid which made for an extremely hot game day. That didn't stop me from doing a little networking though. Everyone from embassy officials to expatriots came out for the celebration and to cheer on a Canadian team. Unfortunately, Montreal lost, but we were in good company!

D.C. United v. Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium



Oh Canada! Chris (far right in black) celebrates with friends!


Independence Day


The 4th of July parade was not to be missed! It was another hot day but that didn't stop the crowds of people from taking in the festivities. With representatives from the military and cultural organizations, it was a patriotic event! I've noticed America loves their marching bands -- and bands from around the country were in D.C. participating.  The Independence Day parade commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence by Congress on July 4, 1776. The Declaration was written chiefly by Thomas Jefferson.








To fully immerse myself in the American holiday I decided to do the most patriotic thing I could think of, visiting the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. Even as a Canadian, stepping into the rotunda that houses the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, I couldn't help but feel inspired. The history behind these documents as the foundation for creating one of the most successful countries and the sacrifice to make it possible is awe inspiring.


You're not allowed to take photos inside the National Archives,

so this is the best I can show you.


After taking in some history we made our way to the National Mall for the festivities and fireworks. The fireworks over the Washington Monument were definitely the highlight of the night! I couldn't be happier spending my first 4th of July in the nation's capital; happy 4th of July!

On our way to the festivities.


The National Mall was packed!


On our way to the Capitol Building to see the concert!


The steps of the Capitol Building. What a crowd!


Happy 4th of July!

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