National Mall Fourth Of July Fireworks Are A Go So far, the Barracks Row and Palisades Fourth of July Parades are also scheduled to go on, but many other traditional events don't have details yet.
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National Mall Fourth Of July Fireworks Are A Go

Part of the fireworks display on the National Mall on the Fourth of July in 2020. District of Columbia National Guard/Flickr hide caption

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Mayor Muriel Bowser says the District is ready to invite out-of-town visitors to D.C. for the Fourth of July.

"D.C. is open and ready to welcome back visitors to celebrate the way we came together as a city and as a nation this year. We have shown once again that when we come together, there is nothing we can't do," Bowser said.

She thanked President Joe Biden and those who worked urgently to get the vaccine out to Americans "so that we could save lives, get our country open, and celebrate together once again."

Biden announced he's planning to host upwards of 1,000 medical workers, first responders, essential workers, and military members on the South Lawn of the White House for the National Mall fireworks.

The 17-minute fireworks display will start at 9:09 p.m. and launch from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The National Park Service says consistent with CDC guidelines, people who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public transportation. All the memorials, except the Washington Monument, will be open.

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In March, Biden had promised Americans could gather in small groups in their backyard for the Fourth, but that was before the vaccination drive really ramped up.

Here's what the administration wrote to local and state officials this week, according to the Associated Press: "America is headed into a summer dramatically different from last year. A summer of freedom. A summer of joy. A summer of reunions and celebrations."

So far, the Barracks Row and Palisades Fourth of July Parades are scheduled to go on. It's unclear what form the Capitol Fourth concert at the Capitol building put on by PBS will take — especially with a fence still surrounding the grounds. Organizers have not returned a request for comment.

The National Park Service is encouraging people to watch fireworks from numerous locations including the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and Netherlands Carillon; Columbia Island/Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove; Gravelly Point, just north of Reagan National Airport; and Washington Sailing Marina at Daingerfield Island.

While the pandemic isn't over, the District lifted all capacity and other restrictions on June 11. Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. are all nearly at the 70% mark for adults with at least one shot of the vaccine, but many other red states are lagging behind.

This story is from DCist.com, the local news website of WAMU.

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