By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Despite torrid heat, high humidity and lingering power outages and storm damage, the Washington area rang in the nation's 237th year as planned Wednesday.
A warm front that scorched the middle of the country has made its way to the D.C. area, bringing with it blistering heat, sticky humidity and the strong chance of record-breaking temperatures this weekend.
Smithsonian spokeswoman Becky Haberacker said about 218,000 people were expected to
"I think it's tough to tell what the crowd size is going to be," said Becky Haberacker, a spokeswoman for the festival. "When it's hotter out, people tend to want to stay in the air-conditioning. But people love the Folklife Festival"