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.
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.
Embark from Gangplank Marina on Spirit Cruise’s Independence Day journey for an evening full of music, satisfying eats and, of course, a bright and bold 17-minute fireworks display. Cruise along the Potomac in style and class, and keep the night going long after the grand finale.
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.
Get out in the open for a scenic view of the Potomac, monuments, fireworks and the barrage of incoming and outgoing airplanes. There’s plenty to keep your attention at Gravelly Point, which is located just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Coordinating can be tough on the crowded National Mall, but not here. The park is one of the best outdoor spots to catch the show, especially if you’re with a large group of people. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, make a day of it by playing mini golf with the kids or shooting 18.
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.