Fireworks on the National Mall


As usual, we’re walking down to the Mall to see the Independence Day pyrotechnics. This year we’re taking umbrellas as well as water bottles. We’re leaving you these links:

“So You Want to See the National Fireworks on the Mall?” Brian Mosely, WeLoveDC

“July 4th Fireworks in Washington D.C., 2011 – Last Minute Guide to the Best Spots,” International Business Times

“Where to See Fireworks in Bowie, Annapolis and the D.C. and Baltimore Metro Areas,” Leslie Hunt and Josh Flynn, Bowie Patch


“July 4 fireworks banned for fear of wildfires,” Angela K. Brown, AP via Kansas City Star

“What Makes Them Go Boom? Our Favorite Explainers on the Science of Fireworks,” Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American

Short Link:

Image (Fireworks Stand Sign, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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2 Responses to “Fireworks on the National Mall”

  1. Mike Licht Says:

    Oooh! Aahh! Wow!

    (nice fireworks)

  2. pawsinsd Says:

    We’re used to seeing the largest land-based fireworks in the world, from 100 feet away (fenced in to our lofts). We saw a few professional demonstrations which were in disproportion to the 8,000 population here but the money trickles down to kids who were throwing fireworks into a nature preserve that is a nesting ground for many birds. Many years ago I saw my first big fireworks on the Mall as a kid. I grew up with wimpy fireworks on a lake and now prefer that. Unless we can start a movement away from fireworks and just reading the Constitution on July 4th.

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