On Monday we walked over to the Capitol grounds to watch the Capitol Fourth dress rehearsal. The weather was perfect, the crowd was less intense, and the music was good. The Beach Boys and the Four Tops were entertaining, but Dan Ackroyd and Jim Belushi (aka Blues Brothers) were even better. At the end, the symphony orchestra played the 1812 Overture while the cannons boomed. But the fireworks display was on the following day. Rather than go back to the Capitol grounds, last evening we walked over to the house office buildings and found a nice spot in the park by the fountain. A lot of neighborhood people already gathered on blankets and chairs. Some must have been there most of the day as there were a lot of picnic tables in use stacked with treats from earlier in the day. This spot is a closely guarded secret and a great place to view the fireworks that are sixteen blocks away down by the Washington monument. It has become a sort of tradition to stroll over there since we no longer go to Milwaukee for the holiday. It used to be more fun when our family lived down the street. But life goes on and so do the fireworks. It's all within walking distance which makes it even better.