As I’ve demonstrated time and time again after taking deep dive after deep dive into the DC startup scene: the hustle is happenin’ here. So happening, in fact, that there’s always a new founder to cover, a new industry being challenged, a new innovation being made. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I wouldn’t want it any other way. Today, the startup I wanted to feature is doing something incredibly important –– something that I think we all hold close to our hearts. They’re making waffles. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SWAPPLES


Okay, so for those of you who skipped out on world history (I don’t blame ya), Bastille Day is essentially the French version of Independence Day.

Image may contain: textBastille Day 2018 – Celebrating Alsace
French Embassy, DC
7:30 PM – 11:30PM

Grab up your berets and turtlenecks and ring in Bastille Day Friday the 13th for an awesome French Embassy celebration courtesy of the  Comité Tricolore Washington DC.

This year is full of all kinds of awesome French festivities and cuisine perfect for all you Franco-fun loving Francophones out there like me. ::wink wink::

This year’s theme: Alsace — home of world-class vineyards, picturesque villages and artists and icons like Marie Tussaud (of the famous wax musuems), Charles Munch and Thierry Mugler (#yasskween).

Sip great wine, hang out on the patio, listen to great music and participate in their silent auction this Bastille Day. Dress is cocktail attire and Alsatian colors are highly encouraged (red & white).

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and range from $115 – $175 depending on package purchased.

Oh — did we mention there’s an open bar until 9:30PM? Yep.

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5PM – 7PM



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Mass transit: It’s great to have, in a I-love-to-brag-to-my-friends-that-live-in-places-with-less-planned-infrastructure kinda way. But, also it’s the root of 105.3% of your recurring complaints re: living in a city. The truth about taking the DC metro is that it’s all fun and games until you actually need it. Then you’re left huffing and puffing, running for the Red Line only to find out that it’s actually not working and you’ll have to walk to your destination, starting by putting one foot in front of the another in the direction from which you came. Yes, the underground doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. However, one DC startup is out to make train-bound commutes a little easier, with the gift of foresight. The company? TransitScreen. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN


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Remember when it was winter? Gosh that was awful. But we made it. And now, somehow, we’re already well on our way to blasting through another summer, complete with frantic sprints after the Ice Cream truck and smothering ourselves in aloe vera after a smidge too much sun. Ah, the icy hot nature of June. The fact that we’re well into this month is hard to believe, with the days flying by much faster than I can lose the weight I want to rock this bikini season (is it too early to give up?). Soon, we’ll be in July, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of summer’s fun. So, we best all plan to make the most of it…and that means wearing our red, white, and blue and finding plans that have just the right ratio of fireworks to booze…that part is crucial. HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL


Check out the hottest events in the District this Independence Day!

2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Mall
11AM – 8PM

This awesome celebration is happening all summer long and Independence Day is no different. The theme this year is steeped in Armenian and Catalonian culture and filled with all kinds of amazing food, craft, music and dancing.

For those looking to participate on another level, you’ll be excited to know that there are also plenty of internship and volunteer opportunities on the Smithsonian’s website.

So if you haven’t headed over to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival yet, then you’re missing out — especially because it’s totally free.

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July 4th at the National Archives
National Archives Building
9AM – 11:45AM

This year’s Independence Day celebration is brought to you by US National Archives and National Archives Foundation. With this special event attendees get to shout their list of grievances against King George III and cheer ‘Huzzah!’ in a traditional-style Independence Day celebration.

This family-friendly event is full of all kinds of activities and includes extended museum hours, special events, performances and much more. Tickets available for sale and individuals looking for more information can check out the National Archives website.

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4th of July Fireworks & Picnic from Across the Potomac River
The Netherlands Carillon
5PM – 8PM

The annual 4th of July Fireworks hosted by Washington DC History & Culture is definitely one of the headlining events in the District featuring one of the most famous fireworks display in the nation. Lucky for you, you can get front row seats, live, in-person #shwinning!

Or maybe you’re not one for the insanity and pandemonium. If that’s the case, then feel free to watch the awesome event from the comfort of your quite, air-conditioned home in comfort because it’s always televised.

But I should probably mention that word on the street is that this particular location is prime turf and offers an A+ view minus the crowds, parking and traffic.  However, you’re still definitely going to want to head on over early if you want a hot seat.

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A Capitol Fourth 2018
West Lawn of the United States Capitol
8PM – 9:30PM

For those of you looking to ring in Independence Day properly, you’ll be excited to check out the headliners on schedule during A Capitol Fourth being held on the West Lawn. This awesome event is airing LIVE on PBS, streaming on Facebook and being hosted by none other than Uncle Jessie, himself!

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As if that isn’t enough to make you faint, everyone from The Beach Boys to Jimmy Buffett, The Temptations and #yasskween Andy Grammer will be there!

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July 4 Rooftop Celebration
7PM to 10PM

For those of you looking for more relaxed, low-key events in the District for Independence Day, you’ll be excited to hear about the handful of hotels and rooftop bars that are also hosting awesome 4th events. One such is DC’s Flight, which offers an awesome evening full of fine dining and wine on their gorgeous rooftop.

Seating is limited, but tickets include a “seated buffet dinner, open bar, and views of the fireworks”.

So what’s on the menu?

Dinner Menu

Fried Chicken (hot sauce, honey, pickles)

Porchetta (fennel, herbs, radish)

Panzanella (tomato, bread, cucumber)

Caprese Sandwich (mozzarella, tomato, basil)

Cole Slaw (cabbage, shallot, crème fraîche)

Potato Salad (potato, olive, mustard)

Fruit Salad (seasonal mixed fruit)

Cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter)

*Menu is subject to change depending on availability of seasonal ingredients.

Tickets are $125/person but sold in limited quantity so get em’ while they’re hot.

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Wednesday at The Wharf
The Wharf DC
6PM – 8PM

For those out there who are absolutely in love with everything going on at the Wharf, you’ll be excited to know that Independence Day will be full of all kinds of fun and activities thanks to their summer program which hosts all kinds of fun weekday events all summer long.

I’m talking live music, food, wine and tons of fun in the sun for you, your friends and family. Did we mention it’s totally pet-friendly and kid-friendly too?

Parents….we got you. ::wink wink::

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The Astor World Cup Lounge
The St. Regis
9AM – 5:30PM

Another awesome, yet relatively low-key event going down in the District for Independence Day is going on at the St. Regis to celebrate the World Cup. For this special day they’re officially transforming their beautiful lounge into the Astor World Cup Lounge and offering attendees a killer place to watch the World Cup tournament.

Even better? The event starts at 9AM, so guests can head on over for breakfast, lunch and beer specials as well as a special menu of cuisine from various countries participating in the event.

Tickets are limited and available on the St. Regis website.

5th Annual Red, White & Fuego
1PM – 4PM

Head on over to Mission in Dupont Circle if you’re looking for a killer day party in the District this Independence Day. They’re blasting off their 5th annual “Red, White & Fuego” event featuring an open bar, bottomless chips and guac, a DJ and a large patio to get your summer groovin’ going.

Did we mention VIP ticket holders getting an extra hour of open bar? Just make sure you get em’ while they’re hot because they definitely sold out last year. Flag bikinis, sombreros and jorts are “encouraged” and for those looking for the hookup, word is pre and post parties are going down at the Hawthorne.

For additional info you can hit up info@missiondupont.com

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

$5 Discount Code: dayparty

Image may contain: one or more people and textBrats, Beer, & Freedom 4th of July Party
Dacha Beer Garden
12PM to 4PM

Head on over to Dacha Beer Garden and thank DC Brau Brewing Company for some awesome brats, beer, and freedom y’all!

This lively event is ringing in the 4th of July with tons of great food, good drinks and fun games, prizes and festivities. Did we mention there’s going to be swag and a giant Jenga? I wonder if those blocks hurt as much as the real ones do when they tumble down on you…

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Penthouse Rooftop at La Vie
5PM – 12AM

So pretty much any Washingtonian remotely active in District nightlife knows that JBC Events definitely doesn’t disappoint and this Independence Day is no different. They’ll be ringing in the holiday at one of the hottest rooftop venues in the city (just ask the Washingtonian).

La Vie is brought to you by the Social Restaurant Group, aka the same people responsible for Provision No. 14 and Pamplona and they’re hosting an awesome BBQ soiree filled to the brim with mezcal mule slush cocktail, dancing, catered BBQ and three of the city’s hottest DJs.

Did we mention they have a killer view?

Tickets are $20 online through Eventbrite and $30 at the door.

Dress code calls for no sneaks or tank tops.

Drink special (Courtesy of Mezcal El Silencio):
$7 – El Silencio Mezcal Mule Slush Cocktails (5-7pm)
Mezcal El Silencio free teach and tasting (7-10pm)

Music by:
Danny House
Kids Want Techno
Alex Noize

Table specials:
Please contact info@jbcevents.com