For the first time in a number of years, I went down to the mall with friends for the fireworks display, and I have to say, it was great.
Despite the increased crowds (Metro was calculating an additional 60,000+ people over last year), we had little difficulty finding what had to be just about the best seats in the house.
Thanks to Carol for brining along light, but comfortable chairs, we sat behind a large group of blanketed onlookers between the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Monument.
With the small amount of additional height, we had an unobstructed view and since we were sitting at the back of a large row of people with a walkway behind us, we didn't obstruct the view of those sitting behind.
The display lasted some 25 minutes and was spectacular, and being close to the 'works gave us the chest-pounding sensation of the explosions that you usually only sitting close to a display in a smaller venue.
Security was tight, but we ran into no line a little after 8pm as we made our way to the Mall. The PG County officials who were manning the post were in good spirits, had a pleasant demeanor, and kept everybody flowing through.
All things considered, a great show by our nation's capital.