The National Mall will host a fireworks display for the Fourth of July, signaling a holiday celebration that could resemble normalcy as the District continues to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fourth of July fireworks will begin at 9:09 p.m. and last 17 minutes with launches from both sides of the Reflecting Pool. Mayor Muriel Bowser publicly welcomed visitors from across the country to join the celebration with the city’s population reaching the mark of 70 percent vaccination just a year after Bowser opposed in-person ceremonies during the height of the pandemic.
The National Park Service advised that those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. The parade that typically travels through the National Mall is still canceled this year.
All memorials will be open to the public, except for the Washington Monument, according to a DCist report.
The District lifted all capacity and other COVID-19 restrictions last week.
This article appeared in the June 18, 2021 issue of the Hatchet.