Awesome Washington, D.C. Last Night 4th of July Celebration

We kicked off our 4th of July celebrations with the annual National Independence Day Parade and capped it off with the classic fireworks display above the National Mall.

The festivities included performances by Reba McEntire, Gladys Knight and David Archuleta. Actor Jimmy Smits hosted “A Capitol Fourth.” He said the combination of the National Symphony and the fireworks over the monuments make him proud to be an American.

The First Family and their military guests watched the evening’s fireworks from the South Lawn of the White House.

Earlier in the day, street vendors hawked cold water along Constitution Avenue, where mid-afternoon temperatures reached the mid-90s. Firefighters and U.S. Park officers even sprayed water from hoses into the crowd near the Washington Monument.

Here are a couple of clips from the Fireworks in the Mall

And, of course, here is classic me enjoying MY 4th of July. How was yours? 🙂

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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