I’ve seen the Emancipation Day fireworks for the past several years, and while they are always the same, the thrill remains electric. Seeing fireworks along Pennsylvania Avenue is amazing, and the crowds are sparse so I can get a front-row view, close enough to feel some ashes. The show is short and intense, with fireworks constantly set off in multiple bursts.
I’m always impressed at the ability of D.C. to host large events, but the Nuclear Summit yesterday and today was an especially amazing display of logistics, keeping 50 world leaders safe. Tall security fencing blocked off a several block area surrounding the Convention Center. I walked around the full perimeter, and it was eerily quiet without the usual traffic. In most places, there were not many visible police but it was clear that resources were in waiting to be deployed immediately if needed.
Meanwhile, a couple of blocks away, Global Zero staged a protest against nuclear weapons in McPherson Square, including a life-sized blowup of a weapon.
Tonight’s full moon, as seen from Constitution Gardens.