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VERIFY: Is DC's annual 4th of July fireworks show moving to a new location?

There's nothing quite like the tradition of seeing the spectacular view of fourth of July fireworks in our nation's capital. But will the fireworks celebration be moving to a new location?

WASHINGTON -- There's nothing quite like the spectacular view of Fourth of July fireworks in our nation's capital.

Even though we're two months away from Independence Day, viewer Doug Smith, from Falls Church, Virginia got word that this year, there'll be a change  venue where the fireworks show will launch. Smith heard about this while at a planning session for the Concert on the Capital lawn. 

So our researchers tracked down National Park Service Chief Spokesperson Mike Litterst, who sent Verify researchers the following statement: 

This year’s Independence Day fireworks show will be bigger and longer than previous years, and will feature a new launch site at West Potomac Park. This move will allow the National Park Service to open new areas of the National Mall to spectators, including the area around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, so that more people may enjoy the performance.

Also the Lincoln Memorial fireworks location required closures of walkways around the reflecting pool for about 10 days PRIOR to July 4 and having the launch there removed it as a place where many observers could be to take in the show.

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So we verified, yes, for this year, the 2019 Independence day fireworks launch site will be moved from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.