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In memory of Independence Days gone by

This image was taken in 2010 (but not posted), right before we moved to Budapest. We had a prime viewing spot, on one side of the US Capitol building.

Unfortunately, the public isn’t allowed anywhere near there nowadays.

We drove around this afternoon trying to find a spot from which to at least see some of the higher fireworks. The National Mall is under extremely heavy security, and with half a million people expected there this evening, simply wasn’t worth the hassle. The Capitol and all streets even remotely near to it are closed to public access. The lawn in front of the Capitol is reserved for congressional staff and guests (so nobody else can get near that, either). We did find some distant streets where we could see the very top of the Washington Monument over buildings and through trees, but that really isn’t ideal.

We also noticed during our search that the public can’t get close to the White House because Lafayette Park, immediately across the street from it, is also closed, as is that entire block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW (which has been for some time now). The public can’t get near the rear of the White House, either, with at least three fences blocking their way. I remember when one could walk right up to the only fence there and get a clear shot of the back portico.

I understand why security is the way it is now, but it was just sad to see how people are now prevented from any kind of access to so many buildings in Washington – their buildings, the seat of their government, and the White House, supposedly “the people’s house.”

So sadly we’ll just watch the fireworks on TV and remember how things used to be here.

Tapestry in the French drawing room, posted earlier:

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Apr-2018 19:32
Beautiful image very well done!Brava Helen. V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography21-Mar-2018 12:29
Superb shot, Vote!
Lamar Nix14-Mar-2018 02:19
Extraordinary composition with excellent exposure on the fireworks trails! V
MarcViskens05-Feb-2018 19:04
very beautiful
Yiannis Pavlis21-Dec-2017 03:38
very nice,...color, contrast, composition
Jean D21-Sep-2017 00:50
Terrific shot. ~V
Sam Rua17-Sep-2017 03:40
Wonderful capture.
Alexander Kazakov19-Jul-2017 15:27
Outstanding! V
Dan Greenberg15-Jul-2017 21:09
Sensational fireworks image Helen! Having the top of the Washington Monument and the overall read glow really makes it a work of art. ~BV~
Dwight Rankine15-Jul-2017 21:08
A glorious shot! BBV
Zoltán Balogh15-Jul-2017 09:27
Marvellous capture, great job Helen. V
Julie Oldfield08-Jul-2017 13:26
It's not for the people any longer. Superbly captured. V
Ursula Miller06-Jul-2017 07:35
A nice composition of this firework. I love the fading figure and the silhouette of the tower in front of it. Great memory. V
larose forest photos06-Jul-2017 01:46
This is a beautiful shot and a memory of times when life was simpler and freer. V
janescottcumming05-Jul-2017 23:22
It is so sad how the country has changed and I don't think it is for the better. A fine shot from several years ago. V
Chris Morton05-Jul-2017 21:18
a memory worth keeping
exzim05-Jul-2017 17:38
Yes, excellent. I tried to get shots and only got 2 out of 29 worth anything
LynnH05-Jul-2017 16:37
Sad sign of the times, but with good reason. I remember several demonstrations in the 70s where we (NORML) took over Lafayette park and had a smoke-in. You could throw a stone from the fence to close by the White House. When we were kids, my parents took us to many 4th of July celebrations out on the Mall. V
joseantonio05-Jul-2017 16:36
such a spectacular capture of this festive moment.V.
carabias05-Jul-2017 14:54
It's sad, yes. Best buy popcorn and watch Independence Day at home!
This old photograph is very beautiful, Helen V
Graeme05-Jul-2017 14:37
Spectacular fireworks, Helen.V
William Barletta05-Jul-2017 14:35
A lovely, crisp composition ~V~
Patrick Goossens05-Jul-2017 13:37
Very lovely and love that red color
victorswan05-Jul-2017 13:30
Simply a fantastic shot Congratulations on July 4th great work Helen well done BV
Claude Gagnon05-Jul-2017 12:44
Bravo Helen, beautiful capture of this celebration :)) V
danad05-Jul-2017 09:08
A fantastic capture ! V.
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal05-Jul-2017 06:01
What a spectacular image Helen, well captured. V
Nirvan Hope05-Jul-2017 04:44
A fabulous sky filled with pink stars. Sad about the lack of access.
Gill Kopy05-Jul-2017 00:46
Love your 2010 shot. Sounds like a rather sad July 4th this year ! V
Long Bach Nguyen04-Jul-2017 23:49
Happy 4th of July Helen
globalgadabout04-Jul-2017 23:48
spectacular image from more innocent is regrettable how disturbing events have changed the tenor of our world...humanity has evolved technologically, yet not at al philosophically...
François Fauchard04-Jul-2017 23:40
Superb image by night. V
Jim Coffman04-Jul-2017 23:40
Simply fantastic, Helen!!