How to: Fireworks in D.C. without the crowds

6 07 2008

Always wanted to see the fireworks in D.C. but heard so much about the crowds that you avoid it at all costs? I have the solution! Buy a $50 assortment pack of fireworks at Costco, invite a few dear friends (neighbors will join you or peep through the windows when they hear all the commotion), head to a cul-de-sac in your community, and fire away! Photograph the fireworks, add a shot of the Washington Monument (from your own archives, of course), and superimpose the two in Photoshop. Presto! It’s a grand celebration on the 4th of July without the crush of passengers in the metro, vying for a coveted spot on the grounds, the unsightly trash left behind, and the mad rush to get home.