We decided last minute (meaning, two days before) that it would be really fun if we just drove up to DC for the 4th of July. Okay, so maybe it’s more than “just a drive” but 10 hours is still do-able in one day! I mean, we drove 24 hours straight-through to get to our wedding, so 10 hours is nothing, right?
I have never been to DC, and it’s been on our list to go at some point. And, although we do plan on going back soon for a longer trip, what better way to celebrate the 4th than be in DC? Plus, Aaron LOVES fireworks, and DC supposedly has some of the best in the country. We arrived in DC late Thursday morning (er… Friday morning, technically), and left Saturday afternoon, so it was a VERY quick trip.
There’s not much to recap, but here we go… Most of Friday was spent walking around the National Mall (my fitbit tracked a total of 9.5 miles that day!) and taking photos.
You can see here that we are both carrying some stuff. We had a heavy backpack full of books, cameras, sunscreen, food and two umbrellas. It felt like it weighed 50lbs, but it was probably only 20. Still, heavy enough to carry around all day! Whoever didn’t carry the backpack got to carry the two lawn chairs. Not as heavy, but more awkward to carry. Worth it to not have to sit on the grass during the show!
We then ventured over to the Georgetown area because I HAD to try Georgetown Cupcake. Plus, one of my best friends attended Georgetown, so I wanted to see a bit of where she used to live. It was a cool place to walk around, but it would have been much better if Ellie had been there! We sat in the back of this walkway against a building in some shade. People probably thought we were strange, but there’s not many places to sit – especially in shade!
Getting to and from Georgetown, we had to walk over this bridge that crossed the Potomac. It was a pretty view, and lots of people running/biking across the bridge. We probably looked like bums, carrying a large backpack and two lawn chairs (that could have easily been mistaken for a tent).
We ventured back over to the National Mall area to grab our spots for the show. We got our seats around 3:30, and the show didn’t start until 7 p.m. It was a long, sweaty afternoon of just sitting around. The show was good, we got to see some great singers in concert (if one song counts as a concert). But hey, now I can say I’ve seen Phillip Phillips in concert!
During this trip, we didn’t eat out… we just ate PB&J sandwiches and chips. Not the healthiest, but easy to carry. So, no restaurants or cafes to note on this trip. But, out of everything we did, there was one thing by far that we both loved the most. Renting and riding bikes on Saturday morning!