Street festivals are common and popular ways for cities, towns and neighborhoods to gather and celebrate as a community. It's a way to foster a sense of belonging, of togetherness.
Below was taken July 4th, 1996 on The Mall in Washington, DC. More than a hundred thousand people gather each year to watch the fireworks, and celebrate our country as a whole.
Sadly, two decades on it seems we need this sense of community more than ever, and are farther from it than ever before.