Events calendar: Monday, July 3


Children’s program

  • Banjo Man Frank Cassel will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.

Classes and workshops

  • The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.


  • The National Archives will celebrate the Fourth of July with a performance by GottaSwing. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Steps of the National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • The grand finale of the “Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration” will feature choirs from Bulgaria, Canada, China, India, Northern Ireland, Kenya, Latvia, Mongolia, Panama, Spain, the United States and Zimbabwe. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Hall of Nations. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Eric Felten Orchestra will present “The Big Band Sound of WWII.” 8 and 10 p.m. $27.50. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141.
  • The Pre-4th of July Old School Jam will feature Rare Essence, Sugar Bear & EU, and Trouble Funk with DJ Dirty Rico. 9 p.m. $25 to $45. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899.


  • The Smithsonian Institution’s 2017 Folklife Festival will focus on “Circus Arts,” “On the Move: Migration Across Generations,” “50 Years/50 Objects” and “50th Anniversary.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue daily through July 4 and from July 6 through 9; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.

Special event

  • “Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro” will feature a dramatic reading by Phil Darius Wallace of excerpts from the former slave’s 1852 speech to a group of abolitionists. Afterward, a discussion will feature Nathan Johnson, supervisory park ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Robert S. Levine, author of “The Lives of Frederick Douglass.” 1 to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 6:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.