Fireworks at the 150th Birthday Party on the Mall, by Bryant, M, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, An exterior view of the Smithsonian Institution Building from the south on the night of August 10, 1996. A fireworks display could be seen that evening from behind the building for the Birthday Party celebration on the Mall in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution..