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(July 4) This weekend we celebrate our Independence Day!

You'd have to try pretty hard to miss an Independence Day celebration of some kind in the D.C.-area over the weekend. Most of the official ones promise music, fireworks and food. If you're having trouble committing, Mount Vernon offers some extras: The festivities begin Monday at 8 a.m. and include "made-for-daytime fireworks," historical reenactments, a naturalization ceremony and some birthday cake.

(July 1-31) Patriartic

There's plenty of art to accompany the occasion:

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents "Freedom" Saturday through the end of the month in Silver Spring. Artist Andis Applewhite questions the true meaning of the term with manipulations of the American flag.

"Arts & Stripes" features the sketches and paintings of military servicemen and women through the end of July at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. The pieces explore the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the healing process back at home.

Music: "Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen

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