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Fresh City Friday: Washington, D.C.

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This weeks “Fresh City Friday” is Washington, D.C.

While Washington, D.C. is consistently one of the top travel destinations in the U.S., there’s hardly a better time to visit than during Memorial Day weekend.  Folks can commemorate those who’ve fallen in service of our country at the Arlington National Cemetery, or delve deeper into our history at the Smithsonian, home to hundreds of national treasures.  In addition, Washington D.C. host the National Memorial Day Parade, which features marching bands, veteran units, and a route that passes by the White House.  With hotel prices hovering around $110, it’s a great value as well.

Jazz in the Garden

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See, be seen and listen as the National Gallery of Art kicks off its 15th season of Jazz in the Garden, the popular outdoor jazz concert series, with local guitarist Tom Lagana.  Get to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden early to grab a good seat and to purchase a snack and drink from the Pavilion Cafe.  The weekly event, which starts at 5 p.m. is free.

Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
When: Friday
Time: 5pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Jazz in the Garden 

Washington Nationals host Phillies

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20:  Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals argues with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson #51 after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 538579625 ORIG FILE ID: 474148752

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 20: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals argues with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson #51 after being thrown out of the game in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 538579625 ORIG FILE ID: 474148752

The Washington Nationals are the hottest team in baseball, having won five in a row while climbing into first place in the National League East.  The Nats have a prime opportunity to build on that success on this holiday weekend when the game-and-a-half-out-of-last-place Phillies come to Nationals Park for a three-game series.  Saturday’s game, with Stephen Strasburg taking the mound for Washington has the perfect start of 4:05 p.m., and it’s a “Pups in the Park” day.

Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday – Sunday
Go NATS! 

Delaplane Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Fest

Thousands of people drive to the country each spring to visit beautiful Sky Meadows State Park for the annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival, which features hayrides, dancing, music, storytelling and much more.  And yes, you’ll be able to snack on plenty of fresh strawberries, the stars of the show.  Gates open at 10 a.m.; admission is $20 per car in advance, $25 per car at the gate.

Where: Sky Meadows State Park
When: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10am to 5pm
Delaplane Strawberry Fest

Memorial Day Concert

Memorial Concert

Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the 26th annual Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  The concert, which is free and also broadcast live on PBS, will feature performances by Gloria Estefan, “The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin, tenor Russell Watson and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as U.S. military musicians such as the Soldiers’ Chorus, the Navy Band Sea Chanters and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants.  Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert, which is free.

Where: West Lawn of the Capitol
When: Sunday
Time: Gates open at 5pm
Memorial Day Concert 

National Memorial Day Parade

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The National Memorial Day Parade heads down Constitution Avenue NW and ends in front of the White House with floats, soldiers, marching bands, local clubs and organizations.  World War II veterans will serve as the grand marshals of the parade, which is broadcast to service members around the world.  Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins – who recorded the song “Drum + Fire” to raise awareness about PTSD – also will perform.  The parade starts at 2 p.m., and it’s free.

Have a Great Weekend and Remember…

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