There is no place more patriotic to be than Washington, D.C. on the 4th of July, America's Independence Day. Finally, after many years living in the area I was able to attend the fireworks display, standing at the base of the Washington Monument. They did not disappoint!
The photographs of the fireworks speak for themselves. I do have a few tips for anyone who wants to attend the festivities in the future:
1. Park outside the city and ride the Metro in. The Metro is easy and efficient. There will be thousands of people in the city.
2. Be patient. Lines can be long and security is very tight.
3. Bring a chair or blanket and rain gear. It had rained heavily and the ground was saturated.
4. There are security checkpoints and all bags will be checked.
5. Bring a camera.
6. Bring small bills for street food and/or bottled water. DC can be very hot in July.
7. After the fireworks the streets are closed to move people out of the National Mall area and back to parking lots or the Metro.
8. The Metro moving out of the city is packed. Be patients, everyone is just trying to get home.