Before moving to South Carolina in 1989, I lived in Annapolis, Md., for four years. Even though we were near Washington, D.C., I never attended a July Fourth celebration in the nation’s capital until this year.
The July Fourth parade started down Constitution Avenue and ended with fireworks on the Mall next to the Washington Monument and reflecting pool.
The parade included high school bands from Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri and Maryland. The parade also included floats from different cultures in the community – Bolivian, Vietnamese and Taiwanese.