Having moved to Maryland less than a month ago, I talked my husband into our chaotic family braving the Washington, D.C. crowds for the annual celebrations this 4th of July in 2011. Michael was worried about the crowds, the heat, and my pregnancy. Being eight months pregnant and walking around in July heat with thousands and thousands of people may not have been my brightest idea. But Michael agreed to doing it anyway and it was honestly an extraordinary day. The kids did remarkably well and we had extra help from family that was in the area for the day. The chaos kiddos thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds of the day from the parade on Constitution Avenue, to touring one of the museums, all the way to the fireworks. It was a pleasant experience for our adventurous crew.