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With Fourth of July comes fireworks, parades and patriotism — but some Capitol Hill residents are excited about only two of those prospects.

Several community meetings have recently focused on illegal fireworks going off in Ward 6 neighborhoods, prompting a concerted effort to call 311 for every transgression. Fireworks are allowed to be sold only from June 25 to July 5 and must be on the city’s list of approved fireworks. Basically, anything that makes a bang is illegal.

But even though sparklers will replace Roman candles, residents still will be able to celebrate the day with their own parade, which will weave through the Eastern Market area and include hundreds of participants. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Eighth and I streets Southeast and will last about 45 minutes, said Gina Arlotto, who is helping organize the parade. Along with music and marchers, there will be a float titled “Eastern Market Through the Ages.”

The parade will make a bit of a winding path because the organizers wanted it to pass by Eastern Market and end at Seventh Street and North Carolina Avenue Southeast. More information can be found at

Those streets should be filled with patriotism: The newspaper Voice of the Hill is hosting a decorating contest for residents and businesses and will announce the winners on its Web site on Tuesday.

— Emily Yehle

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