A few hours away from the spectacular fireworks of July 4th in Washington, D.C., are you still looking for a spot to watch the show? Here are some tips for the last-minute viewers.
As the finale of an all-day celebration in the nation's capital, the fireworks will light up the sky over the Washington Monument.
The national Mall fireworks will begin at around 9:10 p.m., and will be launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool for around 20 minutes.
According to About.com and Yelp.com, the best places to view the National Mall fireworks are:
- U.S. Capitol
- Lincoln Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- FDR Memorial
- Marine Corps War Memorial
- East Potomac Park
East Potomac Park is another nice spot to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. Although the park doesn't provide as great a view of the fireworks/National Mall as does Lady Bird Johnson Park, the area provides nice spots to fire up the grill and kick back. - Andrew L. (yelp.com)
- Lady Bird Johnson Park (Columbia Island, George Washington Pkwy, Washington, DC 20024)
There are always lots of spots to take out the grill and plenty of unobstructed spaces around the island to view thefireworks. And best of all, it's relatively not as crowded as the mall. - Andrew L. (yelp.com)
- The Ellipse / President's Park South
This is a perfect area to observe the fireworks on the 4th of July. - Michelangelo D. (yelp.com)
This is a hot spot for folks to watch the fireworks on Independence Day. - Gayle G. (yelp.com)
- Rooftop Bars in Washington D.C.
ADC (Above DC)
Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 379-4366. The Thomas Circle hotel features a rooftop lounge offering a full-service bar, Asian food and a heated pool surrounded by chaise lounges and a private cabana.
Beacon Bar and Grill
1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 296-2100. One of Washington DC's most popular roof-top bars, Beacon's Sky Bar, features spectacular views of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Embassy Row and the city's skyline. The lounge offers a full bar and light fare.
Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
3421 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 806 -8940. The popular sports bar features a rooftop deck with a great view of the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Menu includes wood-fired pizza, salads, sandwiches, beer and wine.
1716 I Street, NW Washington DC (202) 785-0270. The rooftop bar offers a full bar and an Asian-fusion appetizer menu. Heat lamps keep the bar toasty during the cooler months.
El Centro D. F.
1819 14th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 328-3131. The three-level Mexican restaurant has a lively rooftop bar serving an extensive selection of tequila and a full bar. Located in the U Street neighborhood.
Ibiza's Rooftop Terrace
Ibiza Nightclub, 1222 First Street, NE, Washington, DC. (888) IBIZADC. newest addition and the hottest place to be every weekend night in DC. The rooftop bar offers beautiful Capitol views, a full service bar, sound system, and private seating areas.
1602 U Street NW Washington, DC (202) 265-2828. The farm-to-table restaurant, serving modern American cuisine with an Italian influence, features a bar and table seating with a balcony overlooking 14th Street.
2461 18th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-5370. Adams Morgan's blues bar and soul food restaurant has a popular rooftop bar with picnic tables and a great neighborhood view.
2007 14th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 797-7171. The rooftop bar is an outdoor beer garden, offering an extensive selection of Belgian ales and blondes as well as appetizers and burgers from the bar menu. Located in the vibrant U St. neighborhood.
- Rooftop of the W Hotel (tickets required)
- Anywhere along the National Mall between 14th Street and the Capitol
- Aboard a cruise along the Potomac River (tickets required)
The places below in Arlington, Virginia will also serve as great viewing spots. According to About.com,
- United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
- Points Along the Mount Vernon Trail
- United States Air Force Memorial
- Potomac River Fireworks Cruises