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Memoirs Of Watching National Independence Day Parade on July 4th at Washington D.C

National Independence Day parade in America takes place every year on July 4th. The parade starts at 11.45 a.m at the corner of Constitution Ave NW and 7th St NW. The one mile long parade ends at 2 p.m at Constitution Ave NW and 17th St NW.
During our visit to Washington D.C, we got the opportunity of watching the parade live. It was a hot summer day and we were exhausted with long walks. We were at the venue 11.30 a.m. As we were walking down the roads, we could see the participants from various countries
and the invited participating bands getting ready for the parade.
The parade consists of bands, drum corps, equestrian, giant balloons, floats, military and specialty units, drill teams and others.
We sat at a place at the ending point as it is less crowded here than the starting point. There is scorching heat which reminded me of peak summer in India. Most of the spectators sat under shade.
The parade began on time and we were enjoying the parade and were engrossed in taking pics and taking video.
There were screams, shouts and applause from the crowd as the parade marched ahead.
And finally we felt happy on seeing the model Chariot / Car / Ratha depicting the famous Ratha Yatra of Puri, Odisha. The participant were in typical Indian costume and dancing to the tunes of 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare'.
The parade is a major event of America's Independence celebrations and as this takes place in open in the scorching summer, you need to take necessary precautions to beat the heat and protect yourself from extreme heat.

Another major event of the day is the display of spectacular fireworks over the Capitol building. This is one of the largest and grandest fireworks display of the country which is watched and enjoyed by thousands and thousands of visitors with huge applause.

Though I loved watching the parade but as an Indian I strongly feel that our own Republic Day Parade at New Delhi is more enjoyable and gorgeous which arouses the true spirit of patriotism in every Indian.

On the next day of our tour, we went on a guided tour to Capitol Building which is worth a visit.

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