Nobody Does Fireworks Like D.C. and the National Mall

Fireworks on the National Mall

Bombs bursting in air: Looking for the best view? The National Park Service recommends positioning yourself along the Mall between 14th St. and 3rd St. (timkelley via Flickr)

People who rent in the Washington, D.C., area are luckier than they realize.

Sure, the I-495 Capital Beltway is awful, the local government in the District isn’t much better, and the meter maids in the city are ridiculous … yeah, you’re all real lucky to live here!

No, really, while those are legitimate complaints, there are times when living in Washington, D.C., is unlike living anywhere else in the world. One of those times is the most patriotic day of them all in the United States: July 4, the anniversary of our nation declaring its independence from Great Britain (though it says here that July 2 may be the more correct date).

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It would be more than interesting to see the reactions of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Ben Franklin if they could be transported from the late 1700s to modern times, especially on July 4 on the National Mall, which sits between the Northwest and Southwest quadrants.

Besides the fact we’d likely need defibrillators on-site or maybe smelling salts, I wonder what the Founding Fathers would see, say and feel, looking out over throngs of people in shorts and T-shirts advertising who knows what, with gaudy Crocs and tennis shoes on their feet, celebrating the anniversary of something Washington et al helped birth at the risk of their own lives?

Wow, that would be a visual. The old boys might even have to hump it to Old Ebbitt Grill and knock back a few just to get through it all.

Well, obviously, that’s not gonna happen, at least not in this epoch.

But D.C.-area denizens, you get to come out to the Mall and celebrate the vision and sacrifice of those gentlemen, replete with colorful explosions. Many people from in and around the area – most in a younger demographic, I presume – have sojourned to the Mall for fireworks at least once, myself included.

Yes, Fireworks on the Mall, one of the indelible perks of living in the District of Columbia.

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This year’s rockets will cast their red glare from 9:10 to 9:27 p.m. (yeah, yeah, different war). The launch site for the fireworks is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (sans water this year), so you don’t exactly have to be on the Mall with the crush of humanity to enjoy them. But, hey, seeing fireworks on the Mall is a unique experience that is germane to Washington, D.C., and Washington, D.C., only.

Check out the Metrorail map for the easiest way to get there.

Again, while you’re on the Mall being bedazzled by fireworks, immersed in scores of patriotic Americans, close your eyes and think to yourself, “There’s no place like D.C. There’s no place like D.C.”

But don’t click your heels. We don’t want you ending up in the great state of Kansas.

Here is an excellent, printable map of the National Mall pertaining to the event.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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