Kate Michael, @theauthentikate, is a Writer/Model/On-Camera Host and Event Emcee. Notable as the Founder and current Editor-At-Large of K Street Magazine, Kate started the site while serving as Miss District of Columbia 2006 and competing in Miss America (2007).
Currently, Kate works as a professional spokesperson and model, walking the runway for such industry icons as Valentino, Derek Lam, Naeem Kahn and Oscar de la Renta. Her media portfolio includes a spread in Elle magazine and features on Inside Edition and BBC World News’ “The Real Cities” series. You’ll catch her interviewing guests on DC’s NewChannel8′s Let’s Talk Live and showcasing products on BestBuy.com, as well as work appearing on NBC, Fox, Comcast and local print publications.
When the Fourth falls mid-week, one’s only option is to take up the cause as a Great American… and party all week long!
DC’s most patriotically devout kicked off Independence Day celebrations at the Great American Festival at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor on Saturday. An all-day party featuring American party favors (drinks, food, and delirious dancing on the beach), the festival (put on by Lindy Promotions and HiBall Events) featured to music by such favorite as Eve 6, Ozomatli, See-I, DJ Neekola, Lost in Paris, DJ Chris Styles, Horrorscope, Skratch & Sniff, and The Dance Party.
Severe storms damaged the stage, but couldn’t put a damper on the insanity. All was fixed (just in time!) for a day of music, mayhem (or musical mayhem!), and a pre-Fourth festival ending with Great American fireworks shot straight off the pier.
*All photos provided courtesy of the event, taken by Vithaya Phongsavan