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Happy 4th!

Posted in Holidays on July 4, 2009 by Kent

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Petworth Celebrates the 4th … in 1921

Posted in Holidays, Petworth with tags , on July 4, 2009 by Kent

petworth-july-4th-celebration-1921-2I love it when I’m able to find the story behind the pictures. Here, I’ve been able to match up the photographs of the Petworth 1921 July 4th festivities with the Washington Post’s account of the event.

The Post article, published the following day, reads:

Petworth Citizens Take Part in All-Day Program

An all-day program of patriotic exercises and athletic events featured the thirteenth annual celebration of Independence day in Petworth under the auspices of the citizen’s association. A gorgeous display of fireworks at Grant circle last night brought the celebration to a close. Continue reading

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 on the 4th … I Just Don’t Get It!

Posted in Holidays with tags , , on July 3, 2009 by Kent

tchaikovskyWell, tomorrow is July 4th, and with it one of my annual pet peeves. Starting at 8 pm (admission starting at 3 pm) on the west Capitol grounds will be the annual A Capitol Fourth program. All in all, its a nice way to spend the fourth of July if you are intending to go to the mall.

However, it grinds my gears to no end that the finale is always Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Why must this piece of music be used? I grant that its flashy, and the use of cannon’s is a nice transition to an evening of fireworks … BUT … the music itself is wrong!!!

A true occasional piece, it was written to commemorate Russia’s defense of Moscow against Napoleon’s advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. It has no connection to United States history in any way. More insulting to me, is that we should celebrate this countries birth while hearing the Imperial Russian national anthem. Honestly, is that appropriate.

I think its long overdue to retire this piece, and if we Americans need a flashy piece of music with cannons to emphasis our birth, let’s commission something appropriate.

Get Your Fireworks!!! While They Last

Posted in Holidays, Park View, Petworth with tags , , , , on June 30, 2009 by Kent

The firework stand on the corner of Rock Creek Church Rd & New Hampshire Avenue is finally open for business … so get them while they last!Fireworks stand open

Coming Soon: Fireworks!!!

Posted in Holidays, Park View, Petworth with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by Kent

Firework standConstruction of the firework stand outside Sweet Mango, across from the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro, started last Friday and is essentially complete except for signage, bunting, and actual merchandise.

I expect that to be accomplished this week — especially since the Caribbean Festival is next weekend, and there is no reason for them not to literally cash in on that business.

Every year this stand arrives announcing the start of Summer with a bang. For weeks the neighbors will be regaled with fireworks of every kind. This is no mere firecracker and sparkler store … they sell some serious stuff!

Flag Day Celebrations, 1914

Posted in Holidays with tags , , , on June 14, 2009 by Kent

Here’s a great photo of President Wilson at a Flag Day celebration in 1914. If you look closely, you’ll notice that it is in the courtyard of the old Patent Office building, the current Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery space.Flag Day, June 1914

Happy Flag Day

Posted in Holidays with tags on June 14, 2009 by Kent

Flag Day 1917