Independence Day is almost here!  Do you know where to watch fireworks if you live in the Washington, DC metro area?  If not, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!  We’ve done a little research to help you figure out the best spots for you, your friends and your family to view the coolest fireworks displays in the area.  Most shows will probably start around 9:00 pm, so plan around that and consider traffic and crowds when deciding when to head out.

  1. National Mall

This is one of the best spots to watch the fireworks, which also means it will be the most crowded.  So be sure to arrive early and bring a blanket and some snacks. Stake a spot near one of the memorials, such as the Jefferson or Lincoln, or on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol where you can also enjoy a free concert.

  1. Washington Nationals Game

Celebrate the Fourth of July a day early on the third of July and watch the Nats take on the Boston Red Sox.  There will be postgame fireworks for you to enjoy from the comfort of your seat.  If you just can’t get enough baseball, you can watch them play the Red Sox during a day game the next day as well.

  1. Potomac River

Grab some takeout or make your own picnic dinner and set up shop along the banks of the Potomac River for some nice views of both the fireworks and surrounding memorials.  You can also opt for an entertainment cruise by one of the many waterfront tour companies.  They generally have both family-friendly and adult only options available.

  1. Rooftop Bars

Several hotels and restaurants in the area have spectacular views from their rooftops.  Some of these rooftops even have pools and bar service.  Check out the W Hotel’s POV Lounge and Terrace, the Rosewood Washington, D.C., Embassy Row Hotel, and the Sky Bar at the Beacon Hotel. Just be sure to check with the hotel or restaurant first, because you may need to purchase tickets in advance. Additionally, some hotels, such as Hay-Adams, J.W. Marriott, and Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. all have some guest rooms that have spectacular views too.

  1. Mount Vernon

If you’re looking for a more historical, Colonial-style Independence Day, check out George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It’s a little bit of a hike from the city, but it’s well worth the drive.  You can admire the views of the Potomac River from Washington’s estate, and catch a daytime fireworks display while you’re there.

Other great spots to watch the fireworks include The U.S. Supreme Court building, Hains Point, the Washington National Cathedral, Cardozo High School, Lady Bird Johnson Park, the U.S. Air Force Memorial, and Georgetown’s waterfront.  What’s your favorite place to watch the fireworks in the Potomac, North Potomac, Bethesda, Rockville, Kensington, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, or Washington, DC area? The Fitzpatrick Group would love to hear your ideas!