A 17-minute fireworks display lit up the night sky over Washington, D.C., on Sunday (July 4) as the nation’s capital celebrated the country’s Independence Day.
The fireworks were set off from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall where large crowds had gathered to mark the nation’s 245th birthday, over a year into a pandemic that has left over 600,000 Americans dead.
President Biden, the first lady and their guests watched the fireworks from the White House portico balcony shortly after a garden barbecue party below, with around 1,000 military families and first responders hosted by the Bidens.
It was the largest White House event since Biden took office in January and was geared toward giving Americans something to celebrate as signs of normalcy have returned following the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden’s administration is eager to celebrate what it sees as its signature accomplishment – restoring some normality for a country weary of pandemic restrictions and hardship, burdens that have eased but not disappeared with the widespread availability of inoculations.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)