On July 4th every year at dusk the Washington Monument becomes the most spectacular backdrop to display one of the biggest firework shows in America. For over half an hour the sky around the national mall fills up with brilliant colors and explosions to celebrate our Nation’s birth.
Here is some of the best places to watch fireworks in Washington DC!
West Lawn - The U.S. Capitol
America’s favorite Independence Day celebration will feature unrivaled performances from some of the country’s best-known musical artists, topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. Twenty television cameras will be stationed around Washington, D.C. to capture the sights and sounds of the concert, making at-home viewers feel like they are front and center for the show.
Metro: Union Station, Cap South
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If you're a hill staffer (sorry interns), use your badge to access the capitol steps. You'll have a better view than the lawn and you can bring up to 5 guests.
The National Mall
We put the national mall as our second-place destination, because the mall is an experience all by itself. Pack a picnic. Break out the lawn chairs and glow sticks and celebrate America with thousands of patriots. This is one location you just cannot beat!
Metro: Archives, Federal Triangle
Out Front of the White House
Yes you can... stay out front of the White House and view those fireworks.
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Tidal Basin / East Potomac Park
Usually the Tidal Basin is the destination for cherry blossom seekers. With the fireworks reflecting off the water, you will be sure to enjoy the views. Make sure to get there early so you can mark off your real estate.
Iwo Jima Memorial
Watching the show from the Iwo Jima memorial will leave you feeling patriotic on Independence Day. The memorial can also serve as a great spot if you live in Virginia and want to avoid the large crowds in DC.
Steps of Lincoln Memorial
Watch as the fireworks get launched from behind the World War II memorial. Be warned, get there early! This is a favorite location for many.
Metro: Foggy Bottom
Listed previously as one of Cloture Club’s top 10 hidden gems in DC, this place has plenty of space to spread out and see the fireworks in comfort. The airplanes flying out of Reagan National Airport will add to the ambiance.
Metro: Reagan National Airport, Rosslyn
Air Force Memorial
From the Air Force Memorial you see one of the most brilliant views of the DC skyline at night. This vantage point is a great place to see the DC and the Northern Virginia firework shows simultaneously.
Kennedy Center Terrace
A best kept secret. For those that live close to Georgetown or the Foggy Bottom Metro, the Kennedy Center Terrace (or the section of Rock Creek Park next to the terrace) are great locations to see the fireworks.
Metro: Foggy Bottom
Steps from the Supreme Court
One of our own contributors found this secret a few years ago. When attempting to walk to the crowded Mall, she and her friends decided to sit down on the steps of the Supreme Court. They were treated to a seat and a surprisingly great view.
Metro: Cap South
If you find yourself here, you'll be in for a treat.
Metro: Arlington Cemetery
Any Rooftop (Friends or Work)
By law, every building in DC cannot be higher than the Capitol. So reach out to your network and find that lucky friend with rooftop access and ask them if they have any room for you come join them to view the patriotic spectacle.
Money not a problem? Why not rent a room at the Hay-Adams hotel. They have a dinner package with a full 3-course dinner for two with wine and an open bar on the Lobby Level, with access to the 9th floor Top of the Hay for two for Champagne and desserts, to view the Capital Fourth's spectacular Fireworks display
Have a fun and safe Fourth of July from the staff of Cloture Club!