Fourth of July Celebrations - D.C. Style

Fourth of July Celebrations - D.C. Style

Is there a cooler place in the world to celebrate Fourth of July than Washington, D.C.? After being here yesterday, I don’t think so.  I’ve always spent Fourth of July at my friend Emily’s house, and always at some point while we were all eating barbeque or waiting for our town’s fireworks to start we would turn on the TV to watch D.C.’s fireworks. So I was excited to see what Independence Day in D.C. is really like, and now I can tell you that it is definitely worth a visit if you ever get the chance!



On Thursday, my boss gave me a few suggestions of things to do in D.C. for the 4th of July and advice on where to go see the firework show after I told her that we were planning on going to the Mall to see them. She said that the Mall is a great place to see fireworks, even though it is always crowded but also encouraged me to go to Dupont Circle or to find a hotel with a rooftop bar like the W Hotel. But in the end, Kexin (my roommate) and I headed to the mall around 5:30 to see what was happening there as well as to see if there was good spaces left before deciding where exactly we wanted to go. (We had heard that the National Cathedral is also a nice place to watch the fireworks, so that was our plan B if the Mall was unbearably crowded.) Much to our surprise, the Mall wasn’t as crowded as I was expecting it to be, and we ended up parking ourselves in the shade while we waited for everything to start.


While we were hanging out and waiting, I spent a lot of time people watching and taking in the atmosphere. Everyone there was eating picnic dinners, hanging out with their family and friends, and enjoying the beautiful day. It was really easy to keep busy while we were waiting because there were food trucks (yay snacks!) and street performers. But what I enjoyed looking at the most was the patriotic outfits that people were wearing. Red, white, and blue, and prints of the flag are popular where I live, but it was taken to completely different level here. I saw people who had attached miniature flags to the top of their headbands, people wearing Uncle Sam hats, and shorts with the shape of the United States as the pattern.

The fireworks ended up being really pretty and surreal.  They were definitely worth the wait and the crowds. If I am ever in D.C. during 4th of July in the future, I would like to go sit at the Capitol and listen to the concert, so that is something to look forward to in the future!



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