July 4th in the Capital Means Fireworks and a Parade
You might scoff that this is cheating, that this post heralding the birth of our nation is an easy one, certain to be like the previous year’s entry and the one the year before it. And you’re right (well, the post from 2011 was a bit of a different gem).
I write enough 500-word-plus essay-quality pieces for me to get away with a small one once in a while. But there’s nothing small about the way Washington, D.C., celebrates the Fourth of July, which is fitting since it’s the nation’s capital.
Whether you like where the country’s heading or however you feel about corrupt politicians and all the spying that’s going on, we can all come together and celebrate the nation’s birthday without too much acrimony, right? I hope so.
Yes, first up is the National Independence Day Parade, an annual July 4th event taking place at 11:45 a.m. in the city on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets “before [an] … audience of hundreds of thousands of spectators.” Though I do not profess to know this year’s exact lineup, don’t be surprised to see sundry marching bands, fife and drum corps, military units, equestrian drill teams, parade floats and giant balloons, to go along with dignitaries, VIPs and celebrities (as if daily updates of Amanda Bynes’ mental state and Miley Cyrus’ wardrobe-and-hair flirtations weren’t enough … or what’s her name’s new baby, stop me before I … )
Of course, celebrities or not, the parade is only mere prelude to the main event: fireworks. And fireworks don’t get any grander than those shooting off their star-spangled colors on the National Mall.
Have a happy holiday. Be safe and don’t drink and drive.
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