Monuments at Night
July 3, 2014, Washington, DC: An old friend I hadn’t seen in about ten years visited Washington for the first time last summer with his family. After a pizza dinner at Matchbox, his young daughter implored us see the “mommy mints” at night.
It was the evening before a DC fourth of July and Neil Diamond was rehearsing for the next day’s Independence Day concert over the loudspeakers around the Capitol. As we walked across the east plaza, our new little friend stopped in her tracks and insisted we join hands to spin around in a circle to the music. Moments later, a fireworks display erupted over at Nationals Park. We watched the colors burst into the sky behind the Cannon Building, and I stood there in awe of all that was happening in my beautiful neighborhood.
One night before the big show, this little celebration was entirely ours.
Neighborhood Nomads is a blog examining our homes, our neighborhoods and the power of physical places in a virtual world. It examines people's connections to the neighborhoods they know best, to the geography that has shaped them, and to the cities, towns and landscapes where they've put down roots. Neighborhood Nomads is authored by Kate Barrett Gallery, a journalist who lives on Capitol ...