4th of July in the nation’s capital

Fireworks at the MonumentFireworks watcherRight after watching the out-of-this world World Cup match between Italy and Germany, we jumped on the Metro and made our way down to the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day along with hundreds of thousands (estimates of 400,000) of people that flocked to the nation’s capital.

As expected, this once-a-year mammoth event was extremely enjoyable. Festivities were in full swing all over the mall. There were musical concerts, shows and even a Hare Krishna performance. We also managed to get a glimpse of Vanessa Williams, Jason Alexander — who played George on Seinfeld — and Elmo (the infamous Sesame Street puppet) after walking down to the Capitol building where the country’s main 4th of July concert took place.

Watching fireworks from the base of the Washington Monument made for a memorable sight. The cornucopia of colors coupled with the impact of the forceful explosions was simply breathtaking. Happy 4th of July everyone!

22 thoughts on “4th of July in the nation’s capital”

  1. Happy Fourth to you too Natasha! Jason Alexander ha? I just loved him in Seinfeld! Dont tell me you are a fan too?

  2. The pictures look wonderful, wish the Palestinians and Iraqis can have their independance from occupation

  3. I think it’s wonderful that someone actually CELEBRATED July 4th. I just went to the Duke Gardens and chilled with the dog and the bf. Durham is awfully quiet on Independence Day. Pshhhh.

  4. Abu Sinan

    You won’t get any comments about anything that is happening in Palestine on this blog LOL Good try though

  5. Anon1,

    Shouldn’t Natasha have the right to write about whatever topic she wants? It’s her blog.

    If you don’t like it go to another blog or start your own.

    Happy belated 4th Natasha.

  6. Skye

    Are you the law enforcment officer on this site??? If so please don’t issue me a ticke lol

    I’m just stating the obvious, Abu Sinan asked about the ongoing situation in Palestine and I answered him that he won’t see anything about htat on here, because this is claimed to be a Jordanian centeric blog, regardless of the fact that it talks about elections in kuwait, 4th of july in the US, Syria, etc… oh no but not anything going on in Palestine for obvious reasons.

    Anyway Skye, I stated my opinion as you did, if you don’t like my comment too bad

  7. Anon1,

    LOL, first off, I promise, no tickets.

    Second, debating on this blog and other blogs is fine. It makes it more intersting unless it gets out of hand.

    My point was simply that I try to not crticize the person whose blog it is a far as the content of what topics they post about. I figure if I don’t like the topic I can go elsewhere.

    Kinda like shopping, if you don’t like what a store is selling you wouldn’t shop there.

  8. I’m always confused by this type of misdirection in the comments on this blog. Often it’s direction towards all things Palestine. Nothing wrong with discussing Palestine, but this blog’s specialty is Jordan and its author is content to blog about what she knows best. I’ve never understood why there are some, who most often prefer to work “anonymously,” that want her to discuss something completely unrelated to her post, as is the case here. Were this my blog, I’d delete any comments that were unrelated to the post and I’d say to those that insist upon making statements on my space that they should get their own platform for that kind of thing. I think this blog provides a great deal of information about Jordan, life there and the views of many Jordanians, including this author, who choose to weigh in on things. But it also provides information of a sometimes very engaging personal nature. I’m not sure why it seems to bring out those that want a platform to talk about something completely unrelated. Perhaps they are jealous or feeling insignificant, a tiny cog in the big machine. Who knows. I do think comments on this post should stay relevant to the topic and in that vein: Happy (belated) 4th of July!

  9. i dont know if i dig the “go shop elsewhere if you dont like the wares” argument.
    blogs are made to trigger discussion and thought not just monolgues and preaching to the perverted.
    ive got some comments on my blog from people that really made me think.

    regardless of the topic, the trick is to convince.
    since palestine is a topic important to you, can you convince natasha of the reason why she should blog about palestine instead of just getting emotional and laying down no proper case?
    whats the rational argument?
    verbalise!

    i could become a card carrying member or the NRA if i heard a convincing enough argument.
    i havent yet.

  10. Informer,
    I agree with your point of view, and always asked why discussions drift into Israeli-Arab, or Arab-American arguments..etc no matter what the topic is.
    It is obvious that the bitterness of politics and reality in the Arab world, cause lot of people to think only from this angle, and people tend to want to drag others to their issues. Yes, I am with the discussion to be focussed on the post topic all the times.

  11. I am just wondering if there couldnt be an ineresting comparison made between the 4th of July and Palestinian Land Day?

    I say this as a born and bred American. It is one thing to allow a blog to be controlled by this subject, it is another for a blog that claims to have something to do with a country neighboring Palestine to completely ignore the situation.

    Here in America we ignore Palestine, unless of course, there is a good point to be made in Israel’s favour.

    I do not think you can have a blog about Jordan and ignore the Palestinian issue. Such a stand would be completely unrepresentitive of Jordanian society and politics.

    To me such a move actually takes sides and benefits Israel. One does not have to be a raging partisan to support human rights.

    That is what this is all about, at the end of the day. It isnt a Christian/Muslim/Jewish issue, it is a human rights issue.

    It is entirely possible to have an opinion squarely in the middle, but it is disingenous to claim to have no opinion at all or refuse to talk about it.

    To ignore Palestine is to not cover a major part of Jordan, its people, its history, or a major part of current Jordanian society.

  12. Anon1@Anon2.com

    “i could become a card carrying member or the NRA if i heard a convincing enough argument.”

    Me niether

  13. “Kinda like shopping, if you don’t like what a store is selling you wouldn’t shop there”

    Sye, we have a problem, I’m a demanding customer, when I go to CVS if they don’t have what I want I keep requesting it until they get it for me, they are such sweet people or they get sick of me nagging LOL

    “I’m always confused by this type of misdirection in the comments on this blog. Often it’s direction towards all things Palestine. Nothing wrong with discussing Palestine, but this blog’s specialty is Jordan and its author is content to blog about what she knows best. I’ve never understood why there are some, who most often prefer to work “anonymously,”

    Informer Informer Informer, you are so misinofmed LOL. No first of all I was answering Abu Sinan that he won’t see anything positive about Palestine or Palestinians on this blog, at least nothing positive for obvious reasons. I’m sorry these reasons are maybe only obvious to Palestinians and Jordanians that have lived in Jordan. As far as working as Anon, how dare you, I’m not only Anon, I’m Anon1 and you are Informer, so choosing a name like Informer makes you less Anon? Anyway I’m Anon1 nice to meet you LOL

    “I agree with your point of view, and always asked why discussions drift into Israeli-Arab, or Arab-American arguments..etc no matter what the topic is.”

    Jiro Jiro Jiro, shame on you, you are the master of throwing comments that cause conflicts and bashing the Arab world because you were a nonity in the Arab world and now you are a taxi driver in the states. So don’t say people divert the discussion because otherwise you’ll make me go back on this blog and dig and bring up some of your commetns that cause diversion of discussions on this blog.

    “To ignore Palestine is to not cover a major part of Jordan, its people, its history, or a major part of current Jordanian society.”

    Abu Sinan WELL said, and this applies to all the Arab world and even further. When is the world going to realize that solving the Palestinian conflict is of vital importance.

    Regards to all
    From the famous Anon1

  14. Good comments Anon1. I wonder, why was supporting the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s and 1980s so popular? It really has nothing to do with non violence, as Mandela comitted acts of violence. They even made a big deal recently about going back and looking for one of his firearmss.

    This is about human rights. However, I am aware if you plan on trying to make it in the Western media world, you must remain silent on this issue or your chances are slim to none. I guess it just depends on what your priorities are.

    Amazing when you look at the fact that electricity has been cut for 1 1/2 million people just miles from where many people live, or are from, yet they can remain silent. Switzerland has called the act collective punishment and a violation of internation law, yet the silence is astounding.

    Silence is tacit approve of these actions, just as silence towards racist, apartheid South Africa was tacit approval of their regime. Silence is acceptance.

  15. Admin;
    Should I reply to Anon1 comments above ? Or you see his comments acceptable here in this blog? Whats wrong in the taxi driver anyways ? Isnt this the guy who gives Anon’s mom a ride when sho goes to the cabaret ?

  16. Great fireworks, good photos, good right to the point description Natasha!

    Interesting verbal bottle rockets there, too.

    I wonder how the 4th was in Palestine, Texas?

  17. Mike-“I wonder how the 4th was in Palestine, Texas?”

    Depends on whether the initial inhabitants on the area, the Mexicans, had decided to take it back from the American occupiers.

    LOL!

  18. Okay, this is the end of this discussion. Sadly enough, this specific post has turned into a space for exchanging personal attacks. This is not tolerated here.

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