FYIDC: The Best of Independence Day

by Editorial

Still don’t have plans for the Fourth? Try our last-minute picks for the city’s best.

By Halle Kaplan-Allen

A float from the 2011 Takoma Park Independence Day Parade (Photo courtesy of Julie Wiatt)


What: Takoma Park’s 123rd Annual Independence Day Festivities

Briefly noted: A parade, whiffle ball tournament, funky folk band performance, gymnastic team performance and fireworks display

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Takoma Park Middle School and other locations in the Takoma Park neighborhood


Fireworks from the W Hotel's POV Lounge (Photo courtesy W Hotel)

What: Boom with a View

Briefly noted: $900 gets you a private table with a view of the National Mall for six with drinks, nibbles, a dedicated server and dancing to cover hits by Burnt Sienna

When: 6 p.m.

Where: W Hotel


What: Brightest Young Things Fat Camp Rooftop Pool Party

Briefly noted: Pool games, pie-eating contest, bullhorns, bikinis, water balloons, inflatable pool toys and DJs

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Capitol Skyline Hotel


What: Annual Independence Day Organ Recital at National Cathedral

Briefly noted: Musical performances, including favorites such as the National Anthem, Rhapsody in Blue and God Bless the U.S.A.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: National Cathedral


What: Red, White and Brew Pub Crawl

Briefly noted: Tickets get you access to drink specials at all the best local bars

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Begins at DC Bread & Brew in Dupont Circle


Eat like a president at Lincoln's American Dream BBQ - President Obama recently visited the restaurant for lunch (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Restaurant).

What: Lincoln’s American Dream Barbeque Cookout

Briefly noted: All-you-can eat BBQ chicken, pulled pork, brisket and burgers as well as specials on American beers

When: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Restaurant on Vermont Avenue

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