Any DC resident will tell you that 4th of July in the nation’s capital is epic. From awe-inspiring firework shows to awesome deals at various hotels, bars and restaurants, DC is the place to be to celebrate Independence Day. 

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W Hotel 
515 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2405

Forget watching the national fireworks show from the ground–watch it up in the sky, instead. Reserve the “Boom with a View” package at the W Hotel and receive two tickets to a rooftop party featuring Burnt Sienna, a popular East Coast band. The P.O.V. rooftop terrace features two outdoor full-service bars, comfortable lounge chairs, a beautiful awning with glossy ceiling fans to keep you cool and spectacular views of downtown DC. The package also includes a one-night stay in a Wonderful Room, which features luxurious sleeping accommodations, high thread count sheets, a 37 inch flat screen television, a refreshing waterfall shower and Bliss Spa bath products.

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The Red Derby
3718 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 291-5000

Party it up without spending a lot of Benjamins. In fact, the Red Derby is well-known for its wide variety of canned beers that’ll only cost you a few George Washingtons as well as its dive-y vibe. The Red Derby also features a rooftop bar, the perfect spot to enjoy reasonably priced adult beverages and to make a few new friends, too. After viewing the fireworks show, grab your favorite can of beer from the bar, shoot some pool or partake in a board game with other patrons. The bar offers a delicious dinner menu, which includes typical bar fare like chicken tenders and fries, as well as unique dishes like the Foot Long Fish Dog and fish, beef, chicken or black bean tacos.

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Spirit Cruises
600 Water St. NW
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 302-2469

What’s better than watching the fireworks on a rooftop terrace? Watching them from a boat, of course. Spirit Cruises is offering an Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which features a premium open bar, multiple huge dinner buffets, a DJ spinning all the latest hit songs and front-row seats to the firework show. Spirit Cruises feature climate-controlled decks, stylish decor and huge, panoramic windows. Need some fresh air? Step outside onto the largest outdoor patio deck in DC. Choose the Platinum Independence Day package and enjoy a guaranteed window table for you and up to eight of your family and friends.

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Zeba Bar and Grill
3243 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 506-4603

After the firework show, dance the night away at Zeba Bar and Grill. Featuring four levels of party space, Zeba offers multiple full-service bars, food and drink specials ($4 margaritas on July 4th) as well as the area’s hottest DJs spinning the hottest dance tunes. Each cocktail at Zeba’s is hand-crafted and features freshly made juices and purees and fresh fruit. Zeba also offers tasty treats, like marinated chicken kebabs, eggplant dip with pita bread and made-from-scratch pizzas. Popular signature drinks include the cucumber basil martini and the Zeba Iced Tea. Zeba also offers a variety of draft and bottle beers and red and white wine. Head out to the outdoor patio on the first floor or the huge deck on the third floor to catch some fresh air or to sit among the stars.

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A Capitol Fourth at the National Mall
900 Ohio SW
Washington, DC 20024

What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than at one of the most patriotic sites in the country? Filled with historical monuments and figures, the National Mall is on of DC’s favorite 4th of July hotspots. Every year the National Mall hosts one of the nation’s biggest 4th of July celebrations, and this year for America’s birthday, the patriotism will fly high with fireworks, live music and more. Hear the National Symphony Orchestra perform in an amazing concert, canons being fired by the Salute Battery and an unforgettable fireworks display.

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The Red Loft at Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287

Can’t wait until the 4th to catch the firework show? Head over to Nationals Park where the Washington Nationals face the San Francisco Giants on July 3. Watch all the action in the outdoor patio bar the Red Loft, also known as one of the best seats in the house by Nats fans. The Red Loft provides guests with a panoramic view of the baseball field and features a full-service bar, traditional American cuisines like burgers and fries and a seat outside to enjoy your food and drinks. Whether the Nats win or lose, be sure to stay for the awesome fireworks show after the end of the 9th inning.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at