And just like that, the nation’s capital closes the July 4th celebrations with its annual fireworks display.
This year, we’re bringing you the 17-minute show live from the rooftop of 1331 Maryland Avenue SW.
The celebration begins Sunday at 9:09 p.m. and fireworks will be launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
The excitement on the National Mall was palpable on Sunday as people gathered to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family.
From the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol, local residents and visitors argued over shady spots and gathered under umbrellas and on blankets.
They were ready to go out and have a more normal vacation after the pandemic celebrations ended last year.
Photos: DC celebrates July 4th with bigger crowds than last year
“As normal as it gets, but you know I think everyone’s starting to feel a little more comfortable,” one man said. “I think America – we’re coming back.”
Family members from Texas would see the annual fireworks display for the very first time.
“It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing for everyone, ”said one woman.
Annual ceremony takes on new meaning after January 6 uprising
At the Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill, an annual July 4 ceremony honoring those who shaped and fought for the nascent United States took on modern significance on Sunday.
Organizers paid tribute to the heroic efforts of police officers in DC and the United States Capitol for their work during the January 6 insurgency. A commendation was presented posthumously to Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the riot, and Officer Eugen Goodman, who turned the crowd away from Congressmen.
Members of different organizations come to the cemetery each Independence Day, meeting at the grave of Elbridge Gerry, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
Organizers paid tribute to the heroic efforts of the DC and Capitol Hill police officers for their work during the January 6 insurgency. News4’s Derrick Ward takes viewers to the Congressional Graveyard for History.
They recite an oath: “We, the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution, who through their sacrifices established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our constitutional republic.
These principles were tested six months ago within walking distance of sacred ground after a mob stormed the Capitol building. It adds another dimension to this year’s holiday viewing.
“This would be an opportunity for every American to really take a look at, you know, the state of the country and where we would like it to be,” said DC police officer Mike Fanone, who stood at the breach on January 6. “There are 849 other MPD officers who deserve to be here just as much as I do. “
Praise for other DC and US Capitol police officers was also presented, honoring them as the latter-day counterparts of those who, in their day, defended the then-United States. .
“I’ve waited many, many weeks to stand next to this officer, and I want you to know I’m going to shake your hand,” William O. Ritchie Jr., of the DC Sons of the American, told Fanone. Revolution. .
Centuries ago Elbridge Gerry, whose name survives through the term “gerrymander”, did not sign the Constitution because he believed it was not doing enough to protect individual and state rights.
Sunday’s ceremony featured both a history lesson and an encouraging look to the future, a chance to embrace “compassion and empathy rather than anger,” as Fanone put it.
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