To be honest, the following words are actually trivial in comparison to the experience. Fourth of July in Washington DC is one of the ultimate “once in a life time opportunities.” The day started off like any other, but once we traveled to the heart of DC, the National Mall, the uniqueness of the day was revealed. DC is usually a crowded city considering it has many attractions for tourists and the fact that it is a place of work for our country’s government as well. But the masses of people that descended on the small city on the 4th were astounding.
We arrived well before the main event of the evening, fireworks. They were scheduled to begin shortly after dusk and we started staking out our seats while the sun was still high in the sky. The time passed quickly though. It was fun to be around so many people and to be positioned between two magnificent structures – the Capitol behind us and the Washington Monument in front of us. When the fireworks show started there were a few ooos and awws, but then the entire crowd, that spanned miles, fell silent. It was absolutely magnificent to watch the spectacle of fireworks with the backdrop of the Washington Monument.
We walked away from the mall with the realization that we had just experience something unforgettable. I will always remember the 4th of July I spent in America’s capital celebrating our freedom.