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News Never Sleeps (Even on a Holiday)

This past Monday was Independence Day, and it was my first time celebrating in Washington D.C. I'm actually surprised that I have never spent my 4th of July in the nation's capital (since I am from Maryland), but my family usually goes to places like Baltimore, Annapolis, Columbia and Fort George G. Meade to see the fireworks.


My 4th of July began like any other average day: getting up and heading to work. Yes, even on this national holiday, I still had to go to my internship. Just like most other days, I put together a 60-second news story that broadcasted on television in other countries.


Unlike most professions, news reporting is a job where you don't get holidays off. When there is a snow storm, you turn on the news. When there is a terror attack, you turn on the news. And when you want to see what’s going on in the world, you turn on the news. On the 4th of July, news stations were there to capture the fireworks for people who were unable to go see the show for themselves. Reporters are always there to get late-breaking news and to deliver information to the public, and that's exactly what I was doing.


Here is the video I created that day at my internship.


Usually on the 4th of July, you'll hear about a lot of cookouts and grilling. Well, not this year: the weather was just not on our side. It was very cloudy, and it rained on and off all day. It didn't even feel like a day of celebration. There were not a lot of tourists on the National Mall during the day, and I was the only person in the whole train station when I went back to my apartment around 12:30 p.m.

I really didn't want to go out in the rain to see fireworks, but I figured I had to while I was in D.C. People from all over the world dream of coming to the nation's capital to enjoy the Independence Day celebrations. I was living right in the midst of everything, so I figured I'd get up and have an experience that I may not get again for a long time.

The fireworks began at 9:09 p.m. and ended at 9:27 p.m., despite the inclement weather. Unfortunately, there were so just many clouds in the sky that you couldn't see all of the fireworks as they went off. So, for the most part, everyone was just looking at the Washington Monument with lights glowing behind it.


I understand that there were clouds in the sky, but I just knew that a fireworks show in D.C. could be better! I am still happy that I went, because if I didn't, I would have regretted not having that experience. What cheered me up when I got home that night was standing out on my apartment balcony and seeing fireworks going off in every direction. They were simply beautiful and made a happy ending to a dreary day.


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