Crews work overnight to clean up National Mall after Fourth of July celebration

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The cleanup continues on the National Mall. It's tradition after one of the largest birthday parties of the year.

"It was amazing! Best 4th of July ever!" said Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, visiting from Minnesota.

Tourists making their way back to the national monuments in the morning were surprised by the spruced up space.

"I didn't notice a mess," said another tourist.

The National Park Service began cleanup around 10 pm on Friday and into worked into the morning.

It's a lot of work. There were 350 portable toilets, 18,000 feet of fencing, and some trash left behind.

"It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get rid of the gates and port-o-potties - good job!" said Kevin Kerns, who works in the area.

Tourists from across the country say they appreciated the clean up.
"I did a quick loop around-checked things out and it looks great, said Anderson-Isaacson.

The remaining cleanup runs through Saturday.

By Caroline Tucker