I love the fourth of July! After a long day of marching in the local parade and hanging out at E.Sto's block party, I went over to the local fireworks show at the middle school. It was great. They were right overhead, and very loud and bangy, and didn't require any standing in line to go through security checkpoints. (Unlike some other fireworks displays I could mention.)
Then when I came home I rediscovered the awesomeness of my apartment, which is these huge south-facing windows that look way out across to the high point of D.C., kind of a ridge that runs east to west, and I can see every illegal firework that goes off between here and there. There are a lot, and they are big, and they go on and on and on and on.