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How to Enjoy July 4th Festivities Like the “Ready Lady”

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The 4th of July in Washington, DC is one of my most epic days of the year -- thousands of tourists and locals flock to the nation’s capital to check out the fireworks on the National Mall.  Who wouldn’t?  They are absolutely beautiful! This year, I will attend the Nationals baseball game (Let’s go Nats!) and then head over to the National Mall to check out the fireworks.

I will make sure that I am prepared to enjoy the day.  I have been accused over the years by many friends of being “overly prepared” for a day of fun, until one of my friends needs something like sunblock, Band-Aids, or pain meds -- then I am hero!  Here are the most important things that I plan for:

  • Did I check the forecastOne year I recall being absolutely miserable because I wore a sleeveless tank top and turned out looking and feeling like a lobster the next day. I got seriously burned and was miserable for about a week.  
  • Am I wearing appropriate clothes?  I will be taking public transportation and walking, so comfortable shoes will be THE MOST important thing I wear.
  • I will be gone for about 12 hours -- so, do I have everything I need? My metro card, credit cards, cell phone and medication. I also plan to check the events website of the Nationals and the National Mall to make sure I leave “prohibited items” at home.
  • It looks like this Saturday is going to be a hot one, so, I will definitely pack my sunblock, shades and a hat.
  • I will also pack a back-up battery for my cell phone, since I may not find a place to plug in.

I am sure the ball game will be a blast but I will have to remember to drink water! I am not the biggest fan of drinking water, but I am going to try and remember how I will feel later with a major migraine, after being out in the sun.

Before my group and I leave to go check out the fireworks on the National Mall I will talk to my friends about where we can meet up in case we get separated.  I usually choose a metro stop as a meeting place, but anywhere that people all know and understand works.  I’ve had past experiences at large events where cell towers become overloaded, and was unable to make a phone call or even send a text message.  

Again, my friends think I am “overly prepared,” but it’s better to have a plan just in case.  For me this is the best way as an emergency manager I can enjoy a large scaled event like the 4th of July in Washington, DC! After all, they don’t call me the “Ready lady” for nothing.

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06/02/2017 - 09:20