Nick and I waited to do any of the downtown monuments until Mom and Dad came to town. We knew we wanted to do those with them and to also catch the fireworks in the downtown mall area which is a once in a lifetime experience. We did SO much and got a TON of cancellation stamps.
We did the Thomas Jefferson, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials all on the first day. We could see the Washington Memorial, but it was all covered in scaffolding from the earthquake repair from a few years ago. The World War II Memorial was closed down due to security for the July 4th fireworks. I had never seen many of these memorials and I have to say the Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and MLK were all really awesome. I really recommend seeing those, NOT on a blazing hot day.
After we rested at the hotel, we scoped out a spot for the fireworks beneath the Washington Monument. The fireworks started right at 9:10 and ended at 9:30. They were fantastic and so big!
The next day, we went to the Library of Congress, the Capital Building and the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.
On Saturday we drove down to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s House, and saw the grounds, his tombs, and a lot of the land that belonged to him and his family. I had no idea he didn’t have any children of his own and that his dying wish was to free all the slaves that were on his plantation.
On Sunday we all went to the Air and Space Museum in Dulles before Mom and Dad flew home. We got to see the Space Shuttle Discovery, Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-20 “Enola Gay”, and other historical aircraft. It had so much history housed under one roof!
We ended the weekend with great memories, bad sun burns, and tons of cancellation stamps!