The National Mall in Washington hosts Independence Day celebrations every July 4th. Thousands of Americans watch a fireworks show, listen to concerts and take in the sights. But this year, some of the Mall will be inaccessible to visitors.
Construction on National Mall
If you are one of the 25 million tourists visiting the National Mall this year, you can’t help but notice that it’s going through changes.
National Park Service information officer Carol Johnson says there are three massive construction projects. “We’ve never done projects quite this big. I mean, the Lincoln Reflecting Pool is the Big Kahuna [biggest one],” she explained.
The pool has been gutted and totally rebuilt.
“Washington D.C. is on a landfill and it had started to sink,” said Johnson. “It was leaking about 500,000 gallons [2 million liters] of water a week.”