Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in D.C.

by Weng Cheong

Get ready for America’s birthday in the Nation’s Capital.

Spend the 4th at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown (Photo by Joy Asico)

For those of you staying in town on the Fourth of July, there are a variety of ways to celebrate the national holiday in the District. Whether you’re looking for city locations to celebrate with a boom or family-friendly activities, D.C. is the place to be.

Fourth of July Pre-Fireworks Display in The Yard

Date/Time: July 4th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown; 3100 South Street NW
Price: $95 per adult, $45 per child under 12 years; complimentary parking
Contact: The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, (202) 912-4110

Enjoy an evening of hand-crafted corn dogs and spicy BBQ wings, the Ritz-Carlton’s signature dinner dishes and bottomless bourbon cocktails provided by local distiller Jos A. Magnus. Families will gather in this intimate event as they wait for the spectacular fireworks display at The Washington Harbor.

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Red, White & Brew Wine Festival (Courtesy Photo)

Red, White & Brew Wine Festival

Date/Time: July 1, Session I at 1-4 p.m., Session II 6-9 p.m.; July 2, Session III 1-4 p.m.
Location: Yards Park; 1300 1st SE, Washington DC 20003
Price: Individual tickets start at $49; group packages start at $29
Contact: tickets@drinkthedistrict.com

Join in on the most festive wine and brew tasting event of the year. Attendees dressed in America’s colors get unlimited full pours of American beer, cider and wine sangria while enjoying live music from local musicians and the district’s best food trucks. All guests will toast to this national holiday and take home a commemorative cup, bottles of wine, and craft brews.

National Independence Day Parade (Courtesy Photo)

National Independence Day Parade

Date/Time: July 4th, 11:45 a.m.
Location: Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 17th Streets
Price: Free admission
Contact: Visit july4thparade.com

The National Independence Day Parade represents the annual national celebration of the U.S. The parade consists of marching bands from all over the country, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, national dignitaries and celebrity guests who come to honor and commemorate America’s birthday.

Photo Courtesy of Entertainment Cruises

Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Date/Time: July 4th, boarding at 6 p.m., cruise at 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Location: 600 Water Street SW
Price: $179.90
Contact: (866) 302-2469, spiritcruises.com 

This four hour cruise offers the best fireworks view in the D.C. area. General admission tickets include a three-course buffet style dinner, Platinum open bar, DJ and dance floor, board games, and additional upgrades. Dinner and fireworks on a cruise is the perfect event for families and couples.

Second Annual “July 4th Fireworks Soiree” Rooftop Pool Party

Date/Time: July 4th, 6:30-11 p.m.
Location: Cambria Hotel & Suites, Washington D.C. Convention Center; 899 O Street NW
Price: Starts at $40
Contact: gm@cambriadc.com

Be a guest at D.C.’s most extravagant rooftop pool party where attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. The night will be filled with the DJ’s electric remixes as well as live performances. In the midst of the party, guests will enjoy the fireworks display.

Photo Courtesy of Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Date/Time: June 29th – July 4th, July 6th – 9th, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: National Mall; 14th Street NW & Madison Drive NW
Price: Free admission
Contact: Email folklife@si.edu, (202) 633-6440

This annual summer event hosted by the Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage celebrates different cultures from all around the world through their musical and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, international cuisine and lectures on contemporary cultural issues. Families get the enjoy and meet circus artists, choreographers and performers.

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