Here is my review of the fireworks in DC for the 4th of July. The fireworks were beautiful and long lasting. The area is filled with special food, 1776 actors dressed in costume, and free music events. Yet be careful to expect a crazed police state in DC if you go. I went to Washington DC to see the fireworks this year with Anne and Alexandria. However the blisters on my feet have their own baby blisters at this point. Plus I put on SPF 100 sunscreen, and STILL got purple sunburn. Pale Freckled Goth Girl problems with going out on July 4th.
It is a big deal in the United States to see fireworks on the 4th in DC because the 4th of July 1776 is when the Declaration of Independence was signed in DC, and the Declaration of Independence is stored at the National Archives in DC. So it is the focus of the source of the holiday. At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Washington DC we ate Flag Cakes with USA flags for the holiday. My most loved part was the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space had real space capsules to climb on. Also they had an authentic model of the real Startrek Enterprise used in the original Startrek TV show. It had newly been renovated and put on display which I was very happy about seeing it. At one point many of the science objects we love today were all once science fiction in the imagination of a dreaming inventor.
My most hated part was when they had airport style security gates surrounding every 50 feet of downtown DC due to terrorist threats. I understand sometimes we need extra security, but it was by FAR overkill on the need for security with what they had going on. They not only checked people, but re-checked them in nightmarish ways. For every person who was checking bags, eight were sitting around watching them with nothing to do. Military men in full cold weather uniform dress were loaded with guns watching every person. As there was 90 degree heat occurring that day soldiers were very irritable as they screened the public. By the 19th security station I had to go to on the way to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History a stoner guy with dreadlocks who was an African American who was clearly stoned was put in charge by the soldiers to check bags. He randomly took expensive camera supplies out of my bag, and put them in his personal pockets. Then he took a bottle opener keychain out of my bag and said “You are not allowed to have sharped objects” and pocketed that into his personal pockets as well. I was so angry that if I had possessed a gun I would have shot his very stoned face. Every purse or wallet contains keys which are shiny and sharp, and so it is now illegal to have keys?
When they create busywork to employ people with searches, pretty soon very bored workers are going to MAKE problems to say people have. Shortly afterward tiny shampoo items and nail clippers are called deadly weapons by bored security workers. It was nightmarish and horrible. This celebration of American “freedom” was sadly demonstrating that our freedoms are being destroyed by a police state mentality. If you try to go to the events, be warned that Big Brother will be watching you.
Jean Brehm-stern, Brandon Powell and Chris Rosenbaum
Andrea E. Menzies We ate July 4th flag cakes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History when waiting for the Fourth of July Fireworks in DC. Andrea E. Menzies in Washington, District of Columbia.
Saw the Fireworks for July 4th at the Jefferson Monument, even if it almost killed us with nightmare crowds, heat, and rain. But yes, it was amazing and super pretty.
Then we went to Don Pablo’s for tacos goodness.
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Andrea E. Menzies Yummy food for Anne, Alexandria, and me on the way home from D.C.