HEADLINE: Fireworks culminate July Fourth celebration in Washington, D.C.


CAPTION: A fireworks display culminates PBS's "A Capitol Fourth" concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on July Fourth.



Source: A Capitol Fourth/PBS -- Mandatory courtesy "A Capitol Fourth/PBS"

Washington, D.C. -- 4 July 2013

1. Wide shot fireworks over Potomac River and Lincoln Memorial

2. Wide shot fireworks and cannons being fired during finale to "The 1812 Overture"

3. Wide shot fireworks

4. Wide shot fireworks and cannons

5. Wide shot conductor at end of "The 1812 Overture"

6. Wide shot fireworks and Washington Monument

7. Medium shot fireworks

8. Wide shot fireworks

9. Medium shot fireworks; pull to wide shot

10. Medium shot fireworks

11. Wide shot fireworks


Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall on Thursday to ring in the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. The song is a Fenway Park tradition, and Diamond performed it there in the aftermath of the attack.

Manilow closed out the annual "Capitol Fourth" concert with "Let Freedom Ring" as the crowd streamed away from the west lawn of the Capitol to get a better look at the fireworks on the other end of the Mall. The Washington Monument, covered in scaffolding for repairs following an earthquake nearly two years ago, provided the backdrop for the 17-minute display.

Performers also included composer John Williams, who conducted portions of his score for the movie "Lincoln" following a video introduction from the movie's director, Steven Spielberg.

On Thursday afternoon, visitors were relaxing in shady spots on the Mall, exploring the museums and memorials or enjoying a diverse menu of refreshments at an international folk festival outside the Smithsonian headquarters.

Although the National Park Service does not provide crowd estimates, the July Fourth celebration has attracted about 250,000 people in the past. The festivities in Washington also included a parade down Constitution Avenue.

Automatic budget cuts approved by Congress this year had a modest impact on the holiday. A second concert that's been held in the past on the grounds of the Washington Monument was not staged this year, saving the park service $200,000, spokeswoman Carol Johnson said.

Some park service employees got the day off Thursday, which did not happen in the past, she said. Also, the park service did not plan to pick up trash on the Mall overnight; instead, it was to be picked up Friday.