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From fishing to fanfare, what presidents do on the Fourth explained

Thousands of tourists and spectators use their smart phones and cameras to document fireworks as they explode over the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, photographed from Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Al Drago/CQ Roll Call

Traditionally, it isn’t typical of a president to insert themselves into Independence Day festivities. After all, Franklin Roosevelt spent one of his July Fourth holidays in the Bahamas, and Coolidge went fishing. But which presidents have made a big to-do about the nation’s birthday?

Photos: Remembering the 1963 March on Washington
Aug. 28 marks the 54th anniversary of the landmark civil rights moment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech. (AP Photo via Newscom/ Roll Call Archives).

Monday marks the 54th anniversary of a key moment in the civil rights movement, the March on Washington, an event that takes on even more significance in the context of this racial violence in Charlottesville, Va.

On Aug. 28, 1963, More than 200,000 Americans marched in Washington, D.C., to shed light on the unequal political and social status of African Americans. The March on Washington culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is a living link to the planners of that day.

Take Five: Shelley Moore Capito
West Virginia GOP senator on life in and around "the biggest zoo in America"

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito adorns her office with political cartoons portraying her father, former West Virginia Gov. Arch A. Moore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In this week’s Take Five, West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito  talks about softball, running before work, and helping boost young women’s confidence.  

Q : What do you like about participating in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game ?