We are in the middle of a spectacular thunderstorm here in Northern Virginia. We had originally planned to take metro down to the national mall to watch the fireworks over the monuments, but we just may end up staying in to watch it on PBS (assuming they are still doing it– they are saying on TV that they’re evacuating the mall right now). There is nothing like watching 4th of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, accompanied live by the National Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and real cannon fire. Last year we sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in our Italy shirts, celebrating one of their victory in the World Cup semifinals and US independence. It was a great day for both countries.

For those of us that can’t be there, and most especially for my family and friends overseas that are not able to celebrate the 4th properly, here is a video of it from last year.