Staying home for Independence Day? How you can have an iconic view of DC’s fireworks

Highlights from July Fourth 2023 Fireworks from the Washington Monument

There are many ways to watch the iconic Fourth of July fireworks display that happens each year in the nation’s capital, but the most unique vantage point comes in the form of a tiny camera at the top of the Washington Monument.

It’s the “Monument Cam,” which gives people a breathtaking view as D.C. celebrates Independence Day.

“It’s a view from the highest point in Washington, and it’s the only way to get a close-up view of those fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial,” said Julie Moore, a spokesperson for Trust For The National Mall, a nonprofit group that works to restore and preserve the National Mall.

Positioned strategically, the 5G webcam is always on 24/7, capturing high-resolution views of the Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Tidal Basin and the D.C. skyline.

It is located in a tiny, 3-inch diameter hole that was drilled into the monument.

“The view is unique because you can’t get any closer,” Moore said. “They are literally bursting right in front of the camera.”

This will mark the fourth year of the camera broadcasting D.C.’s Fourth of July fireworks.

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