Happy July 4!

A family enjoys a shady spot and some cool watermelon in the tree plot by the "Citified" Festival program. Photo by Patricia Wakida

Wishing everyone a Happy July 4! Under sunny skies and a light breeze, there is great energy out here on the National Mall.

Come join us for the second week of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. On July 5, 2 to 4 p.m. EDT, NPR Talk of the Nation will be broadcasting live from the Festival’s “Giving Voice” tent–interviewing participants from the Creativity and Crisis and Campus and Community programs as well as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Lots more great activities and performances to come. Get a jump on your holiday shopping, drop by the Marketplace tent on the front lawn of the USDA (Jefferson Drive).