Whether it’s the full moon, Flag Day or Father’s Day, we’ve got your pocket guide to round out the weekend with a bang!
Friday the 13th and a full moon! Not in 95 years has such a rare event occur. Fears of natural disasters may actually ensue. For most superstitious folks, it’s time to withdraw into those safe rooms and bunkers. This phobia of “Friday the thirteenth” affects an estimated 17-21 million Americans, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute. However, the typical modern thinker just brushes off the centuries-old folklore, skip over to the local bar for happy hour and World Cup matches, and wait until moonrise at 9:04 PM. Recording this full moon event will be seen all over social networks, of course, since this particular full strawberry moon will make its next appearance in 35 years. Read our short list of worthy bars for World Cup viewing here.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 – Flag Day. Saturday also marks the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner and the end of the War of 1812. The DC area was deeply affected by The War of 1812 as the British burned the city down in 1814 and made their way to Baltimore, Maryland. At 2:30 PM, the National Museum of American History will host a concert will commence on its National Mall terrace. There will also be a special exhibit until July 6, 2014, dedicated to the Star Spangled Banner.
Interested in showing the American flag? Display it proudly: hoisted up with the canton (the stars quadrant) at the peak of the staff. On vehicles, the canton of the flag must be towards the front, as if the flag is streaming backward from its hoist as the vehicle is moving forward.
Sunday, June 15, 2014, marks Father’s Day not only in the United States but in all of North America. Other countries honoring fatherhood on this day include Ecuador, Venezuela, the UK, France, India, Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, and many more. Though it’s celebrated on the third Sunday of June, Father’s Day has been recognized as a national holiday only in recent decades after President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. However, the original bill was introduced in Congress in 1913 – over a century ago – and was met with decades of resistance and concerns of excessive commercialism. This retailer’s holiday all began with Sonora Dodd, a woman who wished to honor her Civil War veteran father and a single parent to six children.
Looking to score a last-minute gift? The best bet is to look for deals online and use overnight shipping. Amazon, Lowe’s and Sears come to mind. Better yet, head over to Nordstrom; their Half-Yearly Sale for Men starts on June 13, 2014.
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Gigi Smith is a wanderlusting wife, mother, and businesswoman. She also happens to be the chief editor of DC Life Magazine, a publication specializing in cultural diversity for social change in the nation's capital. Like most residents in the DMV area, Gigi was once a transplant and decided to grow roots in the metropolitan DC area. She realized early on in high school that resources for cultural diversity will become necessary. Gigi's seen her fair share of neighborhood gentrification changes along with the rise and fall of real estate market prices. She's seen firsthand how DC area fashion bloggers have risen up into the primary market economy as the West Wing fashion era faded away. Gigi still craves to experience all the glory of her ancestral cuisine at Bad Saint, the crowning glory of Washington, DC as deemed by Bon Apetit magazine. And thanks to the arrival of Amazon, Gigi still believes that DC is the Silicon Valley of the East Coast.