My husband and I typically go on vacation for a couple of weeks every summer. We try to avoid being gone on the Fourth of July. There are lots of fun family things to do at home that we don't want to miss. However, this year, the Fourth of July fell smack in the middle of our time away. So we decided, since we had to be gone for the Fourth of July, that we would do it up right. We celebrated Independence Day in Washington, D.C.!
The day started with a parade that lasted almost two hours. There were marching bands galore, a few floats, some large balloons, and the occasional unexpected thing - like people doing tricks on old bicycles or the Kissmobile.
The parade finished around 2:00, so we wandered around to find some food and see the sights. Then around 6:00, we headed to the Capitol building. I don't know if you've ever watched PBS on the evening of the Fourth of July, but they broadcast a concert from the lawn of the Capitol building. This year, I was at that concert! (Although our view wasn't the greatest. The stage is behind that clump of trees in the middle. You can sort of see the white of the bandshell peeking through. The Capitol was directly behind us, though!)
The concert finished with the National Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - complete with cannons! And then the fireworks started behind the Washington Monument. It was such an awesome experience!
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