How to Celebrate and Show Support for Ukrainian Independence Day in DC

This Wednesday August 24 marks both Ukraine’s Independence Day and the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. In honor of the holiday and birthday, you can attend a Ukrainian holiday, participate in a parade, make a donation, etc. Here’s how to celebrate and show your support in the DC region:

Stand in support
Free World Gathering encourages people to come together in person on Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. to join hands in support of Ukraine. You can check the site map in advance to find out where the other supporters will be and plan a meeting.

Head to happy hour
Dacha Beer Garden Shaw (1600 7th St., NW) is hosting a Ukrainian Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, August 24 with raffle prizes, traditional Ukrainian clothing and items for sale, and an exhibition of Ukrainian art. You can also purchase $20 happy hour wristbands for all-night happy hour deals. All proceeds will go directly to the people of Ukraine.

Enjoy Ukrainian cuisine
On Wednesday August 24, enjoy a Ukraine Independence Day Dinner at D Light Café & Bakery (2475 18th St., NW) and half of your $40 dinner price will be sent to help war-affected children in Ukraine. The Adams Morgan restaurant will offer two special dinner menus (regular and vegetarian) that feature traditional Ukrainian dishes like pickled vegetables, borscht, cabbage rolls stuffed with beef and rice, and farmhouse cheesecakes, as well as of Uzvar (a non-alcoholic fruit drink) and Ukrainian beer for an additional purchase.

Join a parade
Head to Place Lafayette (Pennsylvania Ave., NW & 16th St., NW) Saturday, August 27 at celebrating 31 years of independence of Ukraine with co-organizers of the US Ukrainian Activists event, the Embassy of Ukraine and Ukraine House. At 4 p.m., participants can meet in front of the White House for a rally, speeches and a musical program. At 5:15 p.m., a parade celebrating Ukrainian heritage, culture and freedom will begin, followed by a rally at a secondary location (to be determined soon).

Make a donation
If you can’t get out of the house, you can still participate in the holiday by donating to Ukraine. The association of José Andrés World Central Cuisine has provided millions of meals to Ukrainian refugees, and you can help provide even more: donate here.

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