We spent the July 4th weekend in DC touring the US Capital, sightseeing and taking in a DC United soccer game. We are going to try and see something different every time we go to DC and since we had never toured the Capital before, this was the perfect opportunity!
The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. The entire collection now consists of 100 statues contributed by 50 states. All 50 states have contributed two statues each.
Emancipation Hall - Capitol Visitor Center Statue Of Freedom
The model for the statue was originally cast in five main sections from clay sculpted by Crawford in Rome. The model was completed in November 1856 and shipped to the United States in April 1858. Upon its arrival nearly a year later, the model was assembled in the Old Hall of the House (now National Statuary Hall).
In 1860, Clark Mills was selected to cast the bronze statue at his foundry near Washington, D.C. The Statue of Freedom was cast with the assistance of an enslaved artisan, Philip Reid. The casting was completed by 1862, and the bronze statue was displayed on the Capitol Grounds until the Capitol Dome was completed. The five sections were then hoisted up and bolted together atop the tholos the ring of cloumns topping the Capitol Dome), with the head of the statue set in place on December 2, 1863 to a salute of 35 guns, answered by the guns of the 12 forts around Washington.
The Visitor Center’s opening date of December 2, 2008 is the 145th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome. By placing the model for the Statue of Freedom in Emancipation Hall, visitors can see details of the statue that would be impossible for them to see from the ground looking up at the statue atop the Capitol.
We went to see DC United play the Philadelphia Union on July 2, 2011. We had a fun time even though they tied.
We did a little more sightseeing and touring and ended up stopping to grab an early dinner at this little restaurant on the way back to our hotel. I had never had a lobster roll before and it was the BEST THING EVER!!!!! Absolutely delicious!!!!!! We all loved it. While we were there it came up a crazy sudden storm. The wind blew like crazy and it poured down rain. We watched things blow down the street including an umbrella from the Starbucks on the corner which crashed through the window of the store next door to where we were. It was absolutely crazy!
We did not stay in the city for the 4th of July celebrations and instead headed back home and watched the festivities that night on TV. The kids were so mad at us that we were in the capital of the US on the 4th of July yet we weren't staying to see the fireworks or the concerts We'll have to plan on going another year.