What a place to spend Independence Day! The Fourth was really fun. I headed down to the Capitol where I met up with Lisa, Dodon, and their friend Josie. Thank goodness they had gotten there early--we had a great spot in front of the stage. We picnicked on pie, juice, veggies, cheese and crackers, waved our large american flag, and snoozed while we waited for the show to begin. The show included Steve Martin and his bluegrass band, the best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I have ever heard (sung by Jordin Sparks), Little Richard, Naval big band (I'm sure it's called something else), and lots more. Steve Martin said, "it's always been a dream of mine to play banjo on the steps of our capitol on the 4th of July, and tonight I think I'm one step closer to that dream." Ha haha. It was fabulous, and after the sun set, fireworks exploded beyond the Washington Monument. Unfortunately our view was a bit obscured by the smoke from the live cannons that had been shot during the 1812 Overture, but the cheering and singing of all those around us was super invigorating. Yay, America!