Friends of the Soldiers’ Home in cooperation with the Armed Forces Retirement Home is pleased to announce THE LOCAL FOOD VENDORS who will participate in:

A July 4th Celebration

 Thursday, July 4, 2013

4 pm to 9:30 pm

The Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington D.C.

 (Entrance: Randolph Street, NW at Rock Creek Church Road)


Offering delectable treats from the Tender Rib, Stix, Reba’s Funnel Cakes, and, for a return engagement from our successful July 4 last year, Captain Cookie, Lemon Grass Truck and Los Verracos!

Watch the fireworks at the National Mall

from one of the best vantage points in Washington, DC streaming music from the show from the Mall! 

Trout Unlimited is the nation’s foremost organization for restoring fisheries. Catch-and-release fishing is from 4 pm to 7 pm. Poles and bait provided.

 DC Bike House anc Capital Bikeshare will help you decorate your bike, trike, stroller, scooter or skateboard. Decorations provided. Our 4th of July Parade of one hour begins at 7 p.m. and will go by the Scott Building so Soldiers’ Home residents unable to come down the hill to participate will be able to see the decorated bikes!

Make Lincoln hats with Lincoln’s Cottage at 4 p.m. and take tour at 4 p.m. half-price for adults, pre-register online at lincolncottage.org, second tour will be added with sufficient demand.

Harambee with Baba Ras D is an engaging musical Early Childhood Education experience promoting peace. Don’t miss it at 4:30 pm!

He’s Back from 2012 — Home resident and veteran Billy White, The Music Man, will spin the best music you will want to hear on any Fourth of July!

Glow sticks, glow necklaces, t-shirts and water also available — sales of these items and the $5 parking charge benefit the sponsor of the this community event, Friends of the Soldiers Home.


Explore a Fire Engine with the DC Fire Department (http://www.dcfd.com)
Take a souvenir photo with Demetrius G (http://www.dglimophoto.com)

  • 5:00 p.m. — Water Balloon Toss
  • 5:30 p.m. — Wheelbarro races
  • 6:00 p.m. — Three-legged races
  • 6:30 p.m. — Tug of War
  • 7:00 p.m. — Parade (1/2 mile loop to Scott building and back)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Kickball game
  • 8:00 p.m. — Other lawn games: Bocci, Croquet, Bean Bag Toss

Carry in your own food and drink if you prefer not to buy from vendors; walk or bike in; take the H8 bus or Metro. The festival is a short walk from the Georgia-Petworth station.

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful for staff and veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this opportunity available to the community. We are grateful for your service.

More on the Food Vendors:

The Tender Rib
Ribs, chops, BBQ chicken offered with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, Collard Greens, Mac and Cheese  www.thetenderrib.com

We’ve taken two main ingredients, grilled lemongrass chicken and slow roasted pork, and offered it up four ways: banh mi, tacos, vermicelli noodles and salad. Round it off with bubble tea! http://www.lemongrasstruck.com/

Captain Cookie and the Milk Man
A mobile bakery with fresh-baked cookies, local milk & ice cream, and made-to-order ice cream cookie sandwiches!  http://www.captaincookiedc.com/

Top quality chicken breast, New York strip, colossal shrimp, handcrafted marinades from the freshest ingredients, clean oils, fresh herbs  http://www.eatstixnow.com/

Los Verracos
In 2009, some friends in New Jersey/New York came together over a mutual admiration and respect of pork and all of its wonders. They decided they wanted to find a way to share this passion with friends and family. Los Verracos Supper Club was born

Reba’s Funnel Cakes
Featuring funnel cakes with toppings of your choice — how about fresh strawberries, or maybe chocolate and honey whip cream, and many other treats http://foodtruckfiesta.com/rebas-funnel-cake-food-truck/

Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful for staff and veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this opportunity available to the community. We are grateful for your service.