If Washingtonians were atop a building, far above the city, or watching at home on television, the city-wide fireworks display was easily seen. However, for those sitting on the National Mall, the massive display created so much smoke that half of the show was obscured.
Viewers in the city and visiting from around the country had hoped for the world's biggest fireworks display, as promised by President Donald Trump.
The man who typically does the display was joined by Grucci Fireworks.
With a tough day of weather, low-hanging clouds made for a lower ceiling where the display could appear in the skies.
Understandably, there were a lot of complaints. Had the fireworks been the normal size, viewers wondered if they would have been better if the president hadn't doubled the display.
It also caused so much smoke that it wafted through the city and even after 11:00 p.m. EST, the smoke was still going through the streets. Residents called it a "classic TrumpFAIL"
You can see the complaints below:
Wondering why tonight's #fireworks on the #NationalMall were so hard to see through all the smoke? @amelia_draper h… https://t.co/mR7SmgqmSM— Alex Fruin (@Alex Fruin)1562299152.0
To close out the Trump 4th of July, the weather is preventing the fireworks smoke from rising, meaning the giant fi… https://t.co/sMayjo5jio— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer)1562289860.0
Seriously, y’all, this is ridiculous. None of the smoke is escaping DC. It’s now reached north Dupont. I smell the… https://t.co/ZqEBbqtEXh— Chris Geidner (@Chris Geidner)1562292319.0
I’ve lived on U Street for seven years and I’ve never seen this: The smoke from the fireworks downtown has invaded… https://t.co/QyonWIMjGR— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern)1562293788.0
WATCH: All the talk in SW DC right now is about this thick cloud of smoke that's blocking 95% of the fireworks show… https://t.co/8h2o994W0m— Kevin Lewis (@Kevin Lewis)1562289790.0
So, the family had a great rooftop view of the #DC fireworks....for all of 3 minutes... After that, the smoke was s… https://t.co/eIMvwJ2ikZ— Tara Setmayer (@Tara Setmayer)1562296567.0
Actually the smoke from too many fireworks is obscuring the show. Grucci cmon https://t.co/1xUv71CCc0— GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077 (@GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077)1562289214.0
Hard to see much of the fireworks from here at the Washington Monument — a lot of them just disappearing into a clo… https://t.co/Qs1Ul59XcL— Nancy Chen (@Nancy Chen)1562289967.0
Um... classic #TrumpFail — he ordered so many fireworks that the smoke they create blocks their view. Duh. Hundreds… https://t.co/w78ZYWSHC7— Janet Redman (@Janet Redman)1562289344.0
From the east end of the Mall near the Capitol the fireworks are really underwhelming. And hard to see through the… https://t.co/UULenhbdG7— Joe Heim (@Joe Heim)1562289174.0
This jackass put on the worst fireworks show ever! You can’t even see them from downtown DC. He’s so terrible in so… https://t.co/arkMHWc0Sk— Nenes_Take (@Nenes_Take)1562290242.0
Yep -- there's a lot of smoke left around after fireworks! WHY? -> After dark, the atmosphere cools & a thin laye… https://t.co/9253FMKuem— Melissa Nord (@Melissa Nord)1562290222.0
Beautiful fireworks show going on right now just one problem no one can see them. #smoke #humidity @ABC7News https://t.co/L8AHVcWIJy— Jonathan Elias (@Jonathan Elias)1562292720.0
Did anybody else start to feel really anxious when they could no longer actually see the fireworks through all the… https://t.co/SkhOdLx2L0— Loren Merchan (@Loren Merchan)1562291347.0
@CBSNews @realDonaldTrump Shame we could only see them for a minute before a cloud of smoke took over.… https://t.co/u6jKH19lpg— Dina (@Dina)1562298795.0