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“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” This James Baldwin quote pretty perfectly summarizes the weekend ahead. However you choose to celebrate or not celebrate, we hope you’ll stay mindful that there’s still a lot of work to be done in this country when it comes to equality and justice. (Also, please stay safe: stay home if you feel unwell, wear a mask, wash your hands, be respectful of others and their health.)

Before we talk about what’s on the agenda, here are some things from the BYT universe you might find useful and/or interesting:

Thursday July 2nd

  • At noon – start the long weekend right w/ a special @brightestyoungthings instagram live community session w/ Carl Maynard and Trap Bob
  • Plus staff members from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian Gardens will be discussing the significance of the Three Sisters (traditional indigenous staples of corn, squash and beans) and how to prepare them in the kitchen.
  • Robbie Amell, Andy Allo and Greg Daniels will be (virtually) talking UPLOAD with 92Y at 2pm ET.
  • At 7pm ET, meanwhile, Brooklyn Brainery is hosting a $15 virtual course on how to make shrubs, which are refreshing tonics made with a vinegar base, fruit, sugar and herbs, as well as a $10 virtual medicinal plant foraging class.
  • If you feel like dancing, Intimate SLEAZE (ft. Lemz and Keenan) is happening at DC9 (or from your living room) tonight; if you go IRL, you need to book a table reservation, because only four roof deck tables of six people each are available at a time. (When you’re not sitting at the table with your five friends, you must practice social distancing and wear a mask.) $50 to reserve a table, or free if you’re watching from home; all table sales will be donated to Bartenders Against Racism.
  • Or if you’re in the mood for a (safe and socially distanced) trip, Ocean City is doing fireworks at Talbot Street Beach tonight.

Friday July 3rd

Saturday July 4th

  • George Floyd Memorial March on Washington is set to kick off at 9:30am beginning at Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, All Americans Unite will gather at the Washington Monument at 10am, which is also when the Million Man March on Washington begins at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. And the Black Lives Matter Protest and Unity Human Flag begins at 12:30pm at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. More details here.
  • The National Archives will begin its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 4pm ET.
  • The NWSL has returned with teams playing to empty stadiums for the 2020 Utah Challenge Cup, and there are two matches (weather permitting) today – Utah Royals face off against Sky Blue at 12:30pm ET, while Houston Dash play the Reign at 10pm via CBS and CBS All Access.
  • PBS will live stream A Capitol Fourth at 8pm ET; John Stamos and Vanessa Williams will host, and Patti LaBelle will headline.
  • (Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:07pm.)
  • U HALL TV will go live with Will Eastman starting at 7pm ET.
  • Union Market’s roof will be open with extended hours (12pm to 10pm) for a special 4th of July BBQ pop-up. Head over for cookout fare, draft cocktails and more, and/or stay late to spot neighborhood fireworks. 

Sunday July 5th

And…Monday July 6th

  • Join staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday; in addition to making a specialty cocktail in her honor, learning Frida facts, and exploring the museum’s collection and archives for all things Frida, the event will feature a behind the scenes look at Frida’s letters to her mother, and curators will be highlighting other women artists who were inspired by Frida.

Once again, we hope you stay safe, mobilized and vigilant (AND HYDRATED) out there this weekend. In the meantime, did we miss something? Drop us a line at [email protected]

Featured photo by Clay Banks