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Top Spots to Catch the Fireworks

The most important part of any Independence Day is where you’re going to watch the fireworks. We have just the spots to optimize your view so you catch all the booming flashes and cascades of red, white and blue.

Every summer, fourth of July fireworks splash the sky with reds, whites and blues above the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.


National Mall
Pick a plot and plop down on a blanket for the night with close-up views of the fireworks and music from the National Symphony Orchestra.

Considering the fireworks are shot off from the Reflecting Pool, the National Mall is the ideal place to catch the action. Scores of families and folks set up between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, lounging around and picnicking. Otherwise, the Lincoln Memorial is a top spot for its photo-friendly perspective. Determined viewers also venture out to the Jefferson and FDR Memorials, where the water in the Tidal Basin reflects the spectacle from the sky.

Illuminated after dusk, the United States Marine Corps War Memorial depicts the flag raising at Iwo Jima in 1945. The memorial is dedicated to Marines who have fought to defend the U.S. since 1775.


U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
If you’re going to watch the fireworks from Virginia, the Iwo Jima Memorial is a no-brainer.

A few blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station, the Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly called the Iwo Jima Memorial, is favored on the Fourth by the in-the-know set as well as savvy photographers. Juxtapose exquisite views of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building with the patriotic pyrotechnics on display.

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge & Terrace at the W Hotel is the scene to see and be seen  - and a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.


W Hotel
W’s P.O.V. Rooftop Terrace hosts an annual Fourth of July extravaganza, and it’s one of the hottest tickets in town.

Peep immaculate views of the White House and National Mall with expertly mixed cocktails and gourmet cuisine at the rooftop’s annual Independence Day event. Aside from the exploding fireworks, a DJ and a performance by the Honey Brothers also will entertain your ears.


Georgetown’s chic rooftop bar offers an exclusive evening event on the Fourth.

Sip on ice cold drinks as you gaze over Georgetown for this Independence Day shindig. Shutterbug or not, you’ll want to arrive early enough to see the sunset here. The prime firework-watching territory though is the east side of the rooftop space.