From rocking out with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils to dancing to Ukrainian folk songs of resistance, visitors enjoyed many different ways of celebrating the Fourth of July at the Folklife Festival.
On the last day of Week One, visitors saw diverse traditions of American identity come together in one beautiful tapestry on the National Mall. With nomadic Persian folk dances still taught in our own Washington, D.C., to delicious lavender and coconut pies from the Ozarks, we ate, sang, and danced our way through the day. Come back for Week Two, beginning this Thursday and ending Sunday!
How was your Fourth of July at the Festival? Tag your photos on social media with #2023Folklife.
In the evening, stay for the Ozarks Opry featuring Terry Wayne Sanders, Sylamore Special, Williams Family, and Big Smith at 6 p.m., and a second concert celebrating Folkways at 75 with No-No Boy and Jake Blount at 8:30 p.m.
Daniel Zhang is a media intern for the Folklife Festival.
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