So my husband I got this crazy idea, that we would head to Washington DC with our two kiddos for the Fourth Of July. It was for our 5 year old daughter. She LOVES to learn anything about the presidents. So we decided that this would be the perfect trip for her, and it was!
We expected it to crazy, packed full of people, non-stop craziness and over crowded. This was not the case. It was very enjoyable trip and one we will take again.
Our trip began on the 3rd in the afternoon. We headed from our home in PA towards DC. We decided to take a little detour and stop by the memorial of Flight 93. This has been on my list of places to vist for a while now. It was breath taking, emotional and well thought out; and it's not even completed yet! The kids asked us a bunch of questions and were very respectful. It was a great start to our weekend getaway. We can't wait to vist the site again in the future when it is completed. If you ever get the chance to stop by and check it out please do so. Take the time to pay respect to these fallen heroes.
On the 4th we got up early enjoyed our breakfast then headed down to Constitutional Ave. we walked up and down the street enjoying that sites. When we found the perfect spot we hung there with the kiddos. They played on the grass until the parade was about to start. We enjoyed the parade however we felt it was a little long and will probably not attended it again in the future. We felt it was a bit lack luster, it was made up of mostly high school marching bands. But we can now say we have done it =)
After the parade we headed over to the Washington monument. The one thing about this that made me mad was the fences. You had to go in to a check point (which was a joke) and then you are trapped, one way in and one way out. Made for way more walking then necessary, which is hard on kids. But we enjoyed seeing the Washington monument, Lincoln memorial, The Vietnam War, WWI and WWII memorials. The kids eyes lit up when they climbed those steps and saw Abe. This one the one thing they really really wanted to see! The highlight for them was seeing Abe then at the base of his memorial was a big huge long puddle. And they ran back and forth in that for 15 min and got soaked. From there we went back to our hotel, we and to make a pit stop to pick cherries from the trees in front of the hotel, then we got cleaned up and went to dinner at Fogo De Chao. Jaelynn was in meat heaven lol. She tried everything they had and some of it she tried twice. Asa however was more into the salad bar (good things kids 6 and under are free). We wrapped up the night with the amazing Fireworks. I have seen a lot of fireworks in my life and these are the best I have ever seen. The even beat the Disney Fireworks (not the light show)
On the 5th we went to the air and space museum. Which the kids loved. It was fun to show them around and share with them some fun info and watch them learn while having fun. Then from there we ate at my favorite fast-food restaurant PotBelly! Then headed over to the Air and Space Hanger. This was somewhere that non of us had gone before so it was exciting and a new adventure for all. Cool thing about it is if you get there 4 and later parking is free instead of $15. It is also free to get in at any time of the day.