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"Independence Day on the Mall" National Mall Tip by Tom_Fields

National Mall, Washington D.C.: 84 reviews and 149 photos

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To Washington, the high point of the year is 4th of July--Independence Day. And the place to be is on the National Mall. This year, the festivities were almost rained out; as fate would have it, the weather happened to improve just in time for the fireworks.

And what a show it was! I was lucky enough to get a good position overlooking the Washington Monument. The crowd was enormous. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

The streets around the Mall were blocked off. Some people sat down right in the middle of 14th St--not a good idea. The police had to come through just to keep it clear. Please stay on the grass.

Another tip--take the Metro, because there's nowhere to park. When the show's over, be prepared to stand in line to get back on the Metro. It may take a while just to reach the entrance. Anyway, it's worth seeing this at least once.

Address: Downtown Washington D.C.
Directions: Metro Stop: L'Enfant Plaza or Navy Memorial (Smithsonian is closed).
Phone: 202.426.6841

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 5, 2007
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