—— Converted from outline form: 2013-9-8 ——
This day was the 4th of July, which was by no coincidence. It was pure trip design that we happened to be in Washington DC during the celebration of the nation. We figured everybody in the country would want to be in the same place we were, so we expected a huge crowd trying to reserve spots extremely early in the day.
We were wrong. Not that it wouldn’t be a huge crowd, but rather that people would show up early to pick spots.
So we took the metro into the city and at about 1:00 we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial, finding a prime spot to look out over the Mall. But there was almost no one there. Even so, we stubbornly waited. There were some other families waiting, and we met some kids, two from Indiana, and a girl from Oregon.
We waited. And waited. And waited some more. We got some lunch around the area, but besides that didn’t leave. Finally, nearing fireworks time the people started to flood in. Suddenly all the steps around us were taken up by large families. Many of them were loud and obnoxious, but we held onto our spots.
And then the fireworks started. And almost immediately, the people sitting in front of us STOOD UP. We were really pissed off and we tried to quickly move to another spot to see better. Luckily we did find a place where we could see well enough to see the show. Of course being the nation’s capital, it was a very good show and we enjoyed it.
Afterwards we just took the metro back.