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Fireworks over the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Where else would you want to see fireworks besides the nation’s capital? On Monday, the National Park Service will launch fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 9:09 p.m. for 17 ½ minutes. You can spot them from several places in the District and we suggest you find a rooftop nearby because the Mall gets extremely crowded.

Congress is gone but the Capitol is still celebrating. The annual ‘A Capitol Fourth ’ is a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday. This year, Tom Bergeron from ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" is the host and performers include Smokey Robinson, Gavin DeGraw and Amber Riley. Special guests include former Secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell, the National Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band. You can either go see the concert in person or watch it live on PBS.

#tbt: A Different View of the Fourth

Fireworks appear over the Washington Monument in celebration of Independence Day. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

July Fourth is once again upon us and hoards of tourists and locals are expected to flock downtown Friday for the annual festivities , which include parades across the city, a daytime Nationals game, a concert on the West Front of the Capitol and — of course — fireworks.  

In 1989, Roll Call photographer Maureen Keating was on duty, snapping shots of the fireworks lighting up the Washington skyline and of the spectators who turned out for the fun. Check out some of her best shots below: