Fireworks for 150th Birthday Party on the Mall, by Bryant, M, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Fireworks going off behind the Washington Monument on the night of August 10, 1996. The fireworks were part of the Birthday Party on the Mall celebration of the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary of its founding. The photograph shows the Washington Monument and some of the towers of the Smithsonian Institution Building..