Fireworks and American Independence Day celebrations go together like apple pie and ice cream. Even though fireworks were invented in China in the ninth century during the Tang Dynasty, watching fireworks on the day that we celebrate our independence from the British is an American rite of passage.
Everyone has a favorite type of firework or place to see them. I’ve lived in this area since 1989, and there is nothing as spectacular as seeing fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But, if you would rather stay local, this month’s cover story by Marianne Weaver, “Oh, Say Can You See…Where to Catch the Area’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks” showcases many places right in our backyard.