Friday, 30, June 2023
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Celebrate Independence Day like a Local
Discover our Favorite Places to View the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your perfect vantage point to watch the spectacular Capitol Fourth fireworks display. While the National Mall is undoubtedly a popular choice for spectators, we’ve compiled some insider tips on five alternatives, highlighting less crowded locations to take in the mesmerizing fireworks. Prepare to celebrate Independence Day like a local at these top spots around the city.
The Washington National Cathedral
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Washington, DC by watching the fireworks from the grounds of the National Cathedral. This iconic landmark provides a unique setting to enjoy the dazzling display, and as one of the highest points in the city, the grounds provide perfect, sweeping views of the entire city below. Spread out a blanket on the cathedral’s vast grounds, marvel at the exquisite and storied architecture, and witness the fireworks illuminate the sky.
Across the Potomac River
Escape the crowds by crossing the river into Virginia. Two excellent options await you: the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Netherlands Carillon. From these vantage points, you can witness the fireworks paint the night sky with the iconic monuments of the National Mall—from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S Capitol Building—as the backdrop. The unobstructed views and historical significance make these spots truly unforgettable.
From the Potomac River
Take your Fourth of July experience to the next level by embarking on a sightseeing cruise along the Potomac. Several cruising companies offer special fireworks viewing experiences, allowing you to take in the display from the water. With panoramic views of the city’s landmarks and a front-row seat to the festivities, this option combines sightseeing and celebration into one memorable experience. Check out Embark DC Boat Tours or Capitol River Cruises for availability.
The Georgetown Waterfront
For a charming and lively atmosphere, head to the Georgetown waterfront. This historic neighborhood is perfect to explore before enjoying the Fourth of July festivities. Find a spot along the waterfront park or secure a table at one of the many waterfront bars and restaurants for a fantastic view which includes the infamous Watergate Complex and renowned Kennedy Center.
If you’re looking for a more local viewing spot or a touch of nature, consider Lady Bird Park or Gravelly Point Park. Situated near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, these parks offer exciting views of planes taking off and landing in addition to a close-up view of the fireworks. Spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the open green spaces.
This Fourth of July, venture beyond the National Mall and discover these five exceptional places to watch the Capitol Fourth fireworks display.
Planning a visit to Washington, DC over the Fourth of July? Book our suite celebrations package to enjoy 30% savings on suites, a complimentary bottle of bubbles, and a late checkout, subject to availability. Each of these recommended fireworks viewing locations is a short distance from The Dupont Circle Hotel, making it the perfect homebase for Independence Day celebrations. Happy Fourth of July!