on February 26, 2007
On July 4th, my family and I went to the National Mall, where we sat to watch the fireworks. We got there after most of the crowds had arrived, but we were still able to secure a pretty good seat, with plenty of space to lounge on the grass and watch the fireworks shot off from behind the Washington Monument. The fireworks display is spectacular, definitely worth braving the crowds. We went with just ourselves and a blanket to sit on, but plenty of others made a picnic of it, bringing food and camping out on the lawn several hours in advance. The good news is that camping out isn't necessary, but I'd recommend it if the weather's nice. We spent the day viewing parades and taking in some American history at Ford's Theater, where Lincoln was shot, and at the National Archive, where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are currently held. In the latter case, we went to the Archive after most of the crowd had thinned out to camp out on the Mall, so the line was pretty short and, as I said, even though we got to the Mall only thirty minutes before the fireworks started, we were still able to secure a pretty good seat. Admission to most of the sights in Washington, DC, is free. There's no admission price for the fireworks, nor for any of the museums that are part of the Smithsonian surrounding the mall, so it's a great way to learn some history when celebrating the birthday of the country. It's a great way to celebrate Independence Day.
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