Washington D.C. 4th of July Highlights

Good morning, friends!

I’m back to share a bit more of my fun 4th of July weekend in D.C. One of the highlights was meeting up with my friend and running buddy, Ashley!


Remember her? Ashley and I trained together in D.C. for my first half marathon (the insanely hot Zooma Annapolis half marathon) and nearly all the races I did in 2009/2010 were with her by my side (the Army Ten Miler, the St. Patrick’s Day 8k, the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler)!


Ashley has been traveling around Asia for a couple months and every other weekend I’ve been around she’s been gone, so it was great to finally see each other again :)

We had a fantastic run on 4th of July morning down along the Potomac river on the Mt. Vernon Trail.


We were out there at 9 a.m. and people were already lining up to cross Memorial Bridge to get set up for the 4th of July festivities — crazy!


We ended up running 5.5 miles at a 9 min/mile pace and then walking another 1.5 miles for a total of 7 miles, chatting away the entire time. It was wonderful to catch up, and also the farthest I’ve run in awhile! Felt good :)


After running, I met my high school BFF Jenny for lunch at my local D.C. favorite — Sweetgreen! We were so busy chatting that we didn’t get a picture of ourselves! Oh, well. :)

I tried a new (to me) salad — the Santorini. It was chopped romaine and mixed greens with roasted shrimp, feta cheese, grapes, fresh mint, and chickpeas; topped with a cucumber basil yogurt dressing & a fresh lemon squeeze.


SO freaking good. Definitely a new favorite!

After a walk and more chatting (I miss you, Jenny!), we came back to share a frozen yogurt, obviously :)



Later in the day, Matt and I decided we were feeling brave enough to venture into the madness that is downtown D.C. on the 4th of July. Despite living in D.C. since 2004, he’d never seen the fireworks down there before! I decided this was the year to change that.

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We headed down around 6 p.m. to set up shop. It was crowded but not as obscene as we expected! We got a spot right by the Washington Monument, looking towards Lincoln and the reflecting pool, and settled in on our blanket with a packed chicken salad and some fruit for dinner and playing cards to pass the time.

Awkward underneath photo:


Our view through a cool filter on Matt’s phone:

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And the monument through some cool effects on Matt’s phone. I want a phone that can do cool stuff like this! He has a Droid.

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Before we knew it, it was 9:10 p.m. and the fireworks had started! The show was spectacular and we had great seats. My favorites were some red heart-shaped fireworks and anything that was shimmery or super bright. What can I say? I’m a sucker for shiny things :)

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Have you guys ever been to the fireworks display on the mall in D.C.? I’ve gone a few times — mostly during high school and early college, since the past few years I’ve been lazy and watched them from Virginia instead!


I’m off to my dietetic internship — we’re spending the day shadowing/helping out at a county health department and WIC (women, infants, and children) clinic as part of our required hours. Should be interesting to mix it up! I hear we might be measuring babies?! Please don’t let them poop on me.

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  1. 1

    LOVE the fireworks! This looks like it was such a fun 4th :)

    Have fun at your internship – hope it’s poop free ;)

  2. 2

    Looks like a great 4th :)

  3. 3

    It looks like y’all had a great weekend here! I watched the fireworks from Old Town but we were right along the water so I was able to see a bunch of different ones all at once! It was so cool to see the Capitol while sitting on the Potomac river. That’s something I have always wanted to do!

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    I loved DC when I went! looks like you had a fabfab time as well :)

  5. 5

    Looks like a great day! My inlaws live in the suburban DC area, and I’d love to be able to the fireworks in DC on the 4th one day! :)

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    Wow, you got a good seat that late in the day? That’s awesome. I wonder if people were avoiding the mall because of the heat/humidity. I’ve only been once – in 2001 – and I feel like once is enough. I don’t like loud/large crowds.

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    Love the photo’s. Not many fireworks in the Atlanta area and surrounding area because of the rain. I love fireworks. We had some in our neighborhood for all the kids.
    P.S. I still have 2 black eyes because of my fall and I look like a raccoon. Tee hee

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    I’ve never made it to the actual lawn but have seen them from a far with all the illegal fire shows around! Always lots of fun!

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    I love the pics!! Especially the ones through the filter. Looks like you had a wonderful 4th. I bet the fireworks were insane in D.C.

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    Great effects on the photos -way to go Matt! :-)

    Looks like a beautiful route you run in DC…
    Now I want to run it the next time I’m up there!

    Glad you enjoyed your 4th with your family!
    One year we’ll celebrate it together
    -especially if you race me up a Rock climbing wall together!
    (ahem, in the correct attire)

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    I have not been to the Mall in years – first because I moved to New York, but since moving back, we have been watching the fireworks from the roof of my husband’s law firm, which is near the Mall. You got an awesome spot for so late in the day. I loved the hearts too :)

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    Looks like a fantastic weekend! While I’ll always try my hardest to be at the Jersey shore for my Independence Day celebrations, if I had to change that, I think I’d wanna put DC and Philly at the top of the list!!

    I’ll be curious to see what you thought about the WIC clinic, I know the program subsidizes certain kinds of foods and I think, if you ever had the time/drive, it’d be great if you did a post on healthy meals made from WIC products!!

  13. 14

    Great photos! What Droid app does Matt use to take those photos?

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    4th of July in DC had to have been so wonderful. I was in Gettysburg on Friday and thought that was bad (crowds wise) but I imagine it was nothing compared to DC.

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    I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the WIC program and what you experience while you’re there.

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    AWESOME monument pics. what app does he have for that?! i have a droid as well (: glad the two of you had a blast!

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    Crazy, we had very similar 4th of July’s. My fiance and I got up early to run 13.2 on the Mt. Vernon trail. Even at 7:30 a.m. the trail was quite busy. We also went and saw the fireworks on the Mall. Loved the hearts too!

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    If you liked the Santorini salad then you must visit the island. Santorini is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. The sunsets were to die for.

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    What an awesome way to spend the 4th! I didn’t think I would run on the 4th but finished a good 7 miles so I was able to eat all the peach cobbler and ice cream I wanted!

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    Looks like you had a great 4th of July! I love Sweetgreen too!

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    Sounds like you had a great time! Those pictures are very cool! I wish I had a droid!! Oh, and that salad sounds very refreshing!

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    I’ve been there for the fireworks, IT WAS NUTS. We went our first 4th in DC and it was utter madness. The fireworks were cool but the metro was CRAZY!

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    My one and only WIC experience (as an undergrad and BEFORE my nephews came along):

    I’m weighing the baby on the scale when baby decides to grasp my shirt. I motion for the baby’s hand to “shoo” away. Finally I tapped on her hand. I was definitely laughing at myself in my head due to my then lack of baby exposure.

  24. 30

    What a great 4th! I’m insanely jealous of your fro-yo, we have one shop here in Asheville that has fro yo, but I have to budget :)

    Will you still be in Chapel Hill in the fall?

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    I worked in DC at the Federal Reserve Board for a couple years after college. The Fed building is right next to the mall (I used to take my daily runs around the mall, gorgeous!) and they had a thing for the fireworks where employees and their guests could watch them from the main balcony off the cafeteria. It was awesome!

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