"Baby you're a firework..."

"Baby you're a firework..."

I can think of nothing I would rather do on the Fourth of July than listen to countless people sing me the "Firework" song by Katy Perry. WAIT. Yes I can. Spending it on the lawn at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with three of my favorite people, perhaps?


After spending the entire day snoozing by the pool, my friends and I donned our best red, white, and blue outfits so as to properly wish the ole' U.S.A. a very happy birthday.


Kate with friends Melissa and Camille on the Metro!


Complete with glitter, face paint, and bows and ribbons in our hair we headed downtown to the Capitol where we planned on staking claim to a plush area of grass on the National Mall (impossible to do since there isn't much grass left...donate to the National Mall Trust Fund! Okay, I'll step off my soap box..) and wait until the fireworks started around 9 p.m.


Kate and friend Melissa, preparing to take on the crowds!


Ranger Rick


My roommate, Camille, is interning with The National Park Service and her supervisor was kind enough to let the lot of us join him and his family at their reserved picnic table before the fireworks started. They fed us delicious food while we all listened to the main stage band play and enjoyed the company. When Camille was younger she used to be subscribed to an educational magazine called "Ranger Rick." Little did she know that one day she would be working with actual Ranger Ricks at the National Park Service...


The fireworks were incredible! I felt like a little kid again, clapping while "oohing" and "aahing" at all the pretty explosives. Didn't take long before I burst into song with my best rendition of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless America." I just couldn't hold it in. I can only hope that everyone sitting around me enjoyed it as much as I did.


Kate, with friends Melissa and Camille on the 4th of July!


Getting to the National Mall wasn't a problem at all. Everything was very organized and I was impressed by how helpful all the Park staff were. Getting home was another issue. For future reference: Do NOT take the Smithsonian Metro home. We were tired and didn't feel like walking six blocks to the Farragut North station so we just moseyed on down to the Smithsonian where we were met with about 1,000 people who also didn't feel like walking six blocks to the Farragut North station.


Hundreds of Kate's new closest friends...


What's next, you ask?


This past weekend there was a three day Harry Potter event on T.V. so I ironed my Gryffindor t-shirt and got cozy on the couch. This upcoming weekend I plan on trading in the Harry Potter gear for a life jacket to go canoeing (weather permitting) at Georgetown Waterfront with a friend. Until then, keep on keepin' on, citizens!


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