Tuesday, July 4th, DC.
Parade with Grampie.
Old Ebbitt Grill for for a late lunch/early dinner.
Fireworks with Kimmy.
A little history about, “Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington’s oldest saloon, was founded in 1856 and boarding guests read like a Who’s Who of American History. President McKinley is said to have lived there during his tenure in Congress, and Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Warren Harding supposedly refreshed themselves at its stand-around bar.”
I loved it all! It was crowded but not nearly as bad as I expected. Our hotel was two blocks from everything and it was so convenient being so close. I left the parade early so Andi could cool down, nurse, and nap. It was a 5 minute walk. Fantastic!
We woke up early the next morning to see “the big Lincoln” as the kids call the Lincoln Memorial. It was so peaceful and quiet at sunrise. It was hard to get up early but I’m so happy we went. It’s my favorite spot in DC and I always feel a deep sense of gratitude and respect and patriotism when I’m in that space.
We grabbed donuts, checked out of the hotel and left on a 9am flight back to Tampa.
It was a busy, fun, tiring, meaningful, patriotic 4th of July trip!