Independence Day


That’s the word I would use to describe us yesterday.

We started with a five mile bike ride into Washington, D.C. Christopher pulled all three children–Megan and Gavin in the bike trailer, and Ben on his back. I had the backpack with the diapers, wipes, and water in it. We rode into Crystal City and got on the Mount Vernon Trail, which took us to D.C. along the Potomac River. We missed the turn off for the 14th Street Bridge and ended up riding over the Memorial Bridge, which took us out of the way but was amazing. The bridge was closed to car traffic so we were able to cruise over the bridge in the middle of the street, enjoying the amazing views of downtown D.C. and the Potomac. We arrived at Constitution and 15th just in time for the Independence Day Parade.

Gavin asked, “Is that the British army?”

The parade was fun but long. We didn’t last through the end. At about 1 p.m., we sat under a shady tree, ate our lunch, and contemplated whether we could entertain our children for another eight hours in D.C. on a federal holiday until the fireworks began.

Then we biked five miles back home.

After a relaxing afternoon, we drove to Crystal City, parked in a random garage, and got back on the Mount Vernon Trail with our three kids in two jogger strollers. We joined several families from church at Gravelly Park, which was surprisingly uncrowded, and enjoyed their company for an hour until the fireworks started. The fireworks were several miles away, but they were still quite beautiful, and it didn’t take us too long to get home afterward.

We are tired and sore today but happy with our success. We did what we wanted to do–the parade and fireworks–with no injuries, sunburn, or major meltdowns. Go Richins.

Gravelly Park–notice the Washington Monument in the distance.

My winter babies are all really cute and chubby (some fatter than others) on their first Independence Days.

Megan 2003 Yuba City, CA

Gavin 2005 Maple Valley, WA

Ben 2009 Arlington, VA


2 thoughts on “Independence Day

  1. I love seeing all the kids as babies, but I barely made it to the end to see the pics bc I got so tickled visualizing Chris on a bike with all three kids. What a Superman! Glad y'all had such an exciting holiday. What a special time to live in DC.

  2. Washington Monument wasn't too crowded either. We got there right before the fireworks and found a spot easy. It was nice, but be glad you weren't there because it was SO LOUD. I would have rather been far away.

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