July 3 2012 by Mike Mason
Nothing says Independence Day quite like a colorful and thundering fireworks display. The only thing that would make it even more special is if you were celebrating it in the beating heart of the United States of America: Washington, D.C.
The National Mall with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument on either side creates a stunning backdrop for fireworks that annually light up the 4th of July night sky. Make sure to claim your seat early in the day after the mall opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. You will need to enter through one of the security entrances, but once you've selected your spot, there is plenty to do. Activities on the mall include readings of the Declaration of Independence, a folk life festival and an evening concert by the National Symphony Orchestra out on the West Lawn.
Immediately following the concert, it's time for the main event: the fireworks, which are set off from the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool above the Washington Monument. And after you have been dazzled by the sounds and colors of the pageantry, you're only a short Metro ride from the BEST WESTERN Georgetown Hotel & Suites, where you will have the freedom to relax and get ready for seeing even more tomorrow.
For more information about the festivities, visit dc.about.com.