The concert on the Capitol grounds was better this year than it has been in a long time. The music was upbeat and sounded marvelous and Jerry Lee Lewis -- well, what can one say? Brian Stokes Mitchell was elegant and in fine voice. Jimmy Smits was the most comfortable, natural M.C. yet! All the others have been so awkward, obviously reading from a monitor and worrying if everything would come off as planned. All in all, the music was well done and the crowd was really having fun! Fireworks are what I most look forward to and this year's were superb. There were new copper-colored, mustard-colored and pink bursts that I wish I could have captured on film. I hope, if you weren't there yourself, you'll get the idea through the following. I took over 100 shots and even these aren't so good, but here goes:In popular culture, July 4th seems to have taken the place the true name for this holiday. Hope you had a sparkling Independence Day!