- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The July Fourth fireworks display on the National Mall turned into a dreary affair as low-hanging clouds made most of the pyrotechnics impossible to see.

The holiday in the nation’s capital was hindered by unseasonably cool, rainy weather, and crowds on the Mall were noticeably thinner than in years past. But the National Park Service vowed to continue with the fireworks unless the weather was dangerous.

Only a light drizzle was falling when the fireworks began at 9:09 p.m. Monday, but the top of the 555-foot Washington Monument was invisible because of low-hanging clouds.

The “Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol was festive as usual, with standout performances by Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley and Smokey Robinson, among others.

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