On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson celebrated their last independence day. The two founding fathers disagreed on a lot throughout their illustrious careers, but their friendship grew when they both retired from political life. They had spent a great deal of time overseas and had exchanged thousands of letters to one another over the course of their relationship. Their conversations and compromises helped to create a lot of pivotal legislation currently used to this day. Next time you walk in the lobby of The Jefferson, can you spot the statues of these longtime frenemies?

July 4th is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence but it is also a day to appreciate the countrymen and women that helped shape the country into what it is today. Below are just a few of the many activities that will take place in Washington, DC on the fourth. Some are longtime traditions and others are new additions:

National Independence Day Parade — Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW
• 11:45 a.m. — 2 p.m.
• Marching bands, drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day.

A Capitol Fourth Concert — West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
• 8 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
• Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, A Capital Fourth honors our nation’s 243rd birthday with an all-star salute of the best in American entertainment. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Fireworks Display – Launched from West Potomac Park & behind the Lincoln Memorial
• 9:07 p.m. — 9:27 p.m.
• Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be visible from locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia.

After celebrating the day, join us in Quill to toast to our founding fathers! Can you count how many founding fathers we have in our lobby?