I was warned by the long-time locals about the crowds, but braved them anyway to head down for the fireworks. I'd never been to a DC show, and only remember well recent shows in small town New Hampshire. Upon arrival I was surprised to find the entire Mall area a security zone with checkpoints to enter. I came upon a checkpoint at a major cross street. The line was a block long, probably a 20 minute wait. So I continued down the street half a block and almost missed the next checkpoint, because there was absolutely no line. I was shaking my head with a puzzled smile for 5 minutes.
So what did I think of the DC show compared to small town New Hampshire? I was underwhelmed. I think it was because I'm used to sitting much closer, where the fireworks fill the sky above me, and I'm able to hear the music. The pictures came out OK, though:
Posted: Sun - July 4, 2004 at 11:06 PM