Category Archives: D.C.

Emancipation Day fireworks

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.

Emancipation Day fireworks

Emancipation Day fireworks

Emancipation Day fireworks

Emancipation Day fireworkson my face.

Sakura Matsuri

The Sakura Matsuri festival, now in its 56th year, moved from its traditional location on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capital Riverfront. While the location was not as scenic, and shade-less, it was still a great and extremely crowded event.

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri

Nuclear Summit, and protest

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.

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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.

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Union Station parking garage

The parking garage at Union Station offers some great views of the tracks, the surrounding streets, and some interior drama.

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Union Station

Union Station

Escalators to the parking garage at Union Station
Escalators to the parking garage at Union Station
Escalators to the parking garage at Union Station
Escalators to the parking garage at Union Station
Union Station parking garage
Union Station parking garage
View north from Union Station parking garage
View north from Union Station parking garage
View north from Union Station parking garage
View north from Union Station parking garage
View of the trains from the Union Station parking garage
View of the trains from the Union Station parking garage