Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - I Watched the Fireworks

Fireworks on the Mall

On July 4, 1978, I and 250,000 others jammed together around the Washington Monument to watch the annual fireworks display.

The Red Line on the Metro subway opened that day and, to celebrate, riding it was free that evening.

Twenty six years later, I got to do this again. Dan and Michelle and Shane and Erica came down just so they could go with me.

It was a soggy afternoon, but we went to the parade anyway. We didn't stay long. Erica, Shane and I went to the Corcoran Gallery instead. And it was a soggy night, but we went to the Mall just the same.