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9 Bars and Restaurants Where You Can Watch Fireworks This 4th of July

9 Bars and Restaurants Where You Can Watch Fireworks This 4th of July

July 4 is nearing, and in the United States, that means kaleidoscopes of color are about to illuminate the night sky. For many, this entails setting up camp at local parks and piers to watch the fireworks. If you'd prefer to enjoy the festivities while sipping chilled cocktails perched above the crowds, here are nine fantastic bars and restaurants at which to enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July.

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We looked for restaurants and bars across the country, in big cities and small beach towns, from tourist favorites to local hangouts, to compile this list. We picked our friends’ brains for their hometown haunts and scoured TripAdvisor for favorite vacation destinations where you can catch the biggest and best firework displays. Location, location, location is key, and we’ve got you covered to nab the best view accompanied by top-notch food and drinks.

Outdoor patios, rooftop lounges, and hilltop restaurants rule this list, which takes you from the romantic, rocky cliffs of La Jolla Cove in San Diego County to the music-filled party scene in Nashville. Spend your evening 11 stories above Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park at SkyLounge or tucked away under the Brooklyn Bridge at the River Café.

No plans yet? Let this list be your guide. Find someplace local or plan a last-minute getaway to one of our fantastic vacation town finds. Whether you’re looking for quiet and romantic or a festive party, this list takes you far beyond simply fireworks, to an evening of food and fun, cocktails and coastal views. You’re sure to find a spectacular Fourth of July destination!

668 the Gig Shack, Montauk, N.Y.

With their Main Street location and laid-back atmosphere, there might not be a better place to watch Montauk's Umbrella Beach fireworks. 668 the Gig Shack will be serving up its usual "Global Surf Cuisine," so come early and try to grab a sidewalk table to crush fish tacos and slow-poached shrimp scampi while sipping drinks and enjoying the festivities. Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte will swing by to pour tastings of their classic French bubbly. Main Street Montauk frames the fireworks, and every year the staff and most of the restaurant pour out onto the sidewalk to watch!

Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville

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Music City promises more bang for your buck this year. With the city of Nashville boasting that they will feature more firework shells than any other display in the country, you'd better get a good view. Acme Feed & Seed’s rooftop patio has a uniquely Nashville atmosphere, and it’s on the same block as the festivities. They have their own celebration going on inside, too, including live music, specialty Southern cocktails, and a rooftop buffet for VIP ticket holders.


Best Restaurants With A View Of July 4th’s Fireworks In The North Bay

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The Fourth of July and fireworks go together like stars and stripes. And, as with any summer holiday, good food, cool drinks and great company are a must. In the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, there are tons of places to go to see a spectacular fireworks display with your loved ones, and many of them include excellent eateries with gorgeous views of the pyrotechnics. Here are some of the best North Bay restaurants to dine in while catching the 4th of July show in the sky.

Situated across from the Golden Gate Bridge, Murray Circle in Sausalito is a lovely spot to dine and gives spectators a great vantage point of the San Francisco fireworks. Executive Chef Justin Everett offers up a simple menu with gourmet flair. Diners have choices of duck, beef loin, quail, and a variety of seafood options including Alaskan halibut and an ocean stew. Saturday dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Located further north in Sonoma, the Depot Hotel restaurant holds an annual 4 th of July celebration complete with an oyster bar and buffet dinner. The $90 ticket includes a bottle of wine, tax and tip, and part even goes toward a donation to the Sonoma Valley Volunteer Fire Association, who provides the fireworks. The 7 p.m. dinner service begins on the beautiful terrace where diners can nosh on barbecued oysters and house made focaccia, while the dining room buffet, offering everything from tuscan fried chicken to Italian cheeses, opens at 7:30. After a cheesecake dessert, sit back in the warm summer night and enjoy the show.

If you are feeling adventurous and looking for a unique view or the San Francisco fireworks, the San Francisco Belle Dinner Cruise may be the perfect fit for you. Blending a three-and-a-half-hour cruise on the bay with dinner, drinks, and dancing, Hornblower Cruises takes the 4 th of July experience to a new level. Make sure to book your Independence Day cruise early, as this is a sell-out event every year.

For the seafood lovers, Fog Harbor Fish House not only serves up some of the best clam chowder in town, but also offers a spectacular view of the Golden Gate, where diners can catch the fireworks show. Crab, calamari, shrimp, salmon, or a simple burger&mdashyou name it, Fog Harbor has it. Located right on Pier 39, after your meal you can enjoy dessert with an amazing vantage point of the fireworks show.

If you are looking for a full-package experience on the Fourth of July, Prelude at the Green Music Center includes fine dining, a full concert with a symphony and, of course, fireworks. And if that wasn’t enough, the concert includes Broadway, film and television star Megan Hilty. With tables front and center of the stage, you literally have everything at your fingertips. If you are wanting to move around or enjoy the experience surrounded by like-minded people, there is a bar with a perfect view of the fireworks show, too.

Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.


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On Florida's Space Coast, the Fourth of July is celebrated three days straight with fireworks taking place every night. Saturday, July 2: Fireworks over Port Canaveral. For the best view, visit

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On Florida’s Space Coast, the Fourth of July is celebrated three days straight with fireworks taking place every night.

Saturday, July 2:

Fireworks over Port Canaveral. For the best view, visit the Cove at Port Canaveral where you can dine at one of the waterfront restaurants and explore the Exploration Tower. Fireworks are expected to begin around 9:00 PM.

Sunday, July 3:

Grab your chairs and head to Cocoa Beach to watch fireworks over the ocean. Fireworks are expected to begin around 8:45-9:00 PM

Monday, July 4:

The whole family will have a blast celebrating the Fourth of July at the Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village! Enjoy family attractions, food and a live performance from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks will be displayed over the Indian River Lagoon, expected to begin around 8:45-9:00 PM


On a Boat

With the fireworks going off from the East River, you can be sure that the river and nearby New York Harbor will offer some of the best (floating) seats in the house. While expensive, these cruises have some of the best views of the fireworks and include a meal, open bar and dancing. At the time of publication there are still seats available on the Hornblower Nautical 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.


Best Place to View 4th of July Fireworks

We will be in the area the week of July 4th. Our first visit to this part of Maine. Wondered where in town is the best place to watch the fireworks. Someone suggested the restaurant at the Wonder View Inn. Looking for your suggestions.

Agamont Park, looking down on the waterfront, is a favorite place. Cadillac Mountain Summit is usually jammed (we tried that once---it's not the same, looking down on the fireworks). The scenic overlooks/parking areas that face the harbor also are popular. The restaurant (now, the Looking Glass) up by the Wonder View Inn would be good---you might be about at eye level for some of the effects..

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Best bars to see fireworks 4th of July

I would like to see the fireworks from a rooftop lounge or similar. Any ideas for the best places to have a few drinks, a bite to eat, and see the fireworks?

The George Jones Museum and Rock Bottom come to mind, but I expect both will be difficult/impossible to get into. We'll have 150,000 - 250,000 people downtown for the show, and there is only enough room for a few hundred on the various rooftop bars.

Estimate may be a bit high, probably in the 80,000 - 120,000 people range based on past years, but the information about limited admission at any one place is correct. I'd throw in Acme Feed & Seed and Hard Rock Cafe as a couple of other "prime spots".

You might try calling some of the establishments mentioned above to see if any are offering ticketed/paid access to their rooftop areas. That's a popular thing for them to do on New Years Eve, so they may do it for Independence Day too.

I did call Acme and George Jones and got the same reply from both. They did not know of anything planned for the 4th including tickets and told me to check their website from time to time. I did come across Up and they are selling tickets. Anyone know anything about that place. I hear it is fairly new.

I got an email from ACME yesterday, the 1st - 3rd floors are GA for $10 and are now on-sale. It said to check their website for information on VIP access to the Rooftop. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acme-4th-of-july-tickets-35148093895

$200 for individual tix or VIP Booths for 6 or 10 at $900 / $1,500, respectively ($150 each) + fees of $5.50 to $12 per person, depending on the type of ticket purchased.

Just looked a little closer, the VIP Booths are not for Rooftop access, just "side patio viewing access for fireworks".

Great info! Can you reserve the side area for the fireworks? I went on the link that you provided and it states VIP booths for July 5. What is going on for the 5th. I really want to reserve for the 4th. I was planning on buying tickets so that is not an issue. Their website is not really clear.

The individual ticket options say the 4th, except rooftop which says the 5th. I noticed that column is called "Sales End", not event date. The event is clearly "Acme 4th of July". You should call to verify just in case if rooftop is what you're wanting.

"Side patio" to them is a narrow strip of sidewalk along 1st ave. The street itself will be packed with people. check it out on Google Maps' StreetView. The fireworks are launched from around Nissan Stadium, IIRC, the 1st ave side of Acme is facing the right direction, but don't expect an expansive private patio.


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Previous Years July 4th Info Below

The fireworks locations and viewing points vary every year. The official announcement of the exact fireworks launch points can be released anytime from April to June. In the last 4 years fireworks locations have always been over the East River, but exact launches have varied from Brooklyn Bridge through Midtown, to just the Brooklyn Bridge or to just Midtown East. There is no way to know exactly where (or if) the 2021 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® will be until Macy’s makes it’s announcement.

If you want to book your July 4th fireworks viewing before the official announcement arrives, then a July 4th NYC Fireworks Cruise is your best bet and guarantees you a prime viewing spot, regardless of the location of the 2021 fireworks. If you want to see the fireworks from your hotel, then feel free to make a fully refundable reservation at one of our top NYC July 4th Fireworks Hotel choices below and wait for the official announcement to confirm or cancel.

Make sure to check sightseeing and holiday hours for Sunday, July 4, 2021.

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Best Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Myrtle Beach

Sparks are sure to fly when you’re visiting us in Myrtle Beach for the 4th of July! When you’re making plans to visit the Grand Strand, make sure to book your stay at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to be close to all the spectacular firework displays. Here are a few of the best spots to view fireworks and celebrate America’s birthday this year!

Broadway at the Beach

Firework show at 10:00 p.m. over the lake.

After spending the day on the beach or at the pool, head to Broadway at the Beach for dinner, shopping, attractions and stick around for the fireworks show to end the night! Play a round of mini golf or catch a movie at the IMAX theater before finding a spot on the bridge to view the show. Broadway at the Beach hosts a firework show twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays all summer long.

Barefoot Landing

Firework show at 10:00 p.m. over the lake.

Enjoy dinner at the fabulous restaurants and shopping around the unique shops at Barefoot Landing before the firework show! Grab your favorite flavor of ice cream in a cone from The Crafty Cow and sit back and enjoy the show! Barefoot Landing has a firework show each Monday night throughout the summer.

Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet

Firework show at 10:00 p.m.

The Marshwalk firework show can be viewed from anywhere along the Marshwalk. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get a parking spot and treat yourself to fresh seafood and hushpuppies for dinner with a view. There are plenty of bars you can visit along the Marshwalk to enjoy a drink and the live music until the firework show begins.

Cherry Grove Pier

Firework show at 9:30 p.m.

The firework show at Cherry Grove Pier can be viewed on the beach and from hotels nearby the pier. Grab a beach chair and sparklers and pick a spot on the beach for a spectacular firework display right over the ocean!

Pelicans Baseball Game

Firework show after the game on Tuesday, July 3rd

A summer just isn’t quite complete without cheering for the home team. Bring the kids to experience the thrill of a baseball game at the Pelican’s stadium! On July 3rd there will be a post-game firework show.

2nd Avenue Pier

Firework show at 10:00 p.m.

2nd Avenue Pier has everything you could hope for in Myrtle Beach, great food and an even better view of the ocean! This will be a 4th of July firework show unlike any other. Each Wednesday night 2nd Avenue Pier will host a firework show all summer long.

Hot Summer Nights hosted a fireworks display at Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, SC on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette

When you’re making your reservations, take advantage of our Summer Special Package and save up to 35% off your stay. There’s nothing like savings and fireworks to make for a spectacular July 4th at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes!


The Best BBQs, Pool Parties, and Rooftop Fireworks for July 4th In DC

Planning to celebrate Independence Day in our nation’s capital? These bars, restaurants, and hotels in the DC-area are celebrating July 4th with barbecues, pool parties, crab feasts, and more.

July 1st – 2nd

Jameson Jam Day Party at Cloak & Dagger

If a weekend party is more your speed, head to Cloak & Dagger on July 1st for unlimited Jameson whiskey and a rail open bar from 4 to 7 PM. Tickets cost $30 before June 30 (and $35 after), and come with free ribs and wings, too. Regular admission minus the booze is $10, and the party doesn’t stop until 10 PM.

1300 Constitution Ave., NW

If you’ve ever felt the urge to sneak into a museum after hours Night-at-the-Museum style, BYT’s “We the Party People” celebration at the National Museum of American History is your chance. To celebrate both July 4th and JFK’s 100th birthday, Brightest Young Things is throwing an epic after-hours party in the museum on July 1st from 7 to 11 PM featuring Purity Ring DJ Set, DJ Jonathan Toubin, DJ Kid Congo Powers, and DJ Little Bacon Bear. Tickets ($45 until June 25 $55 the week of the event and $65 the day of) include admission and open bar. Highlights from the drinks and food spread include cocktails from Big Chief and Cafe Saint-Ex, and snacks from Homestead and Republic—and that’s not all. Throughout the night, you’ll have the chance to watch TED-Style lightning talks on topics dealing with JFK and the future of politics for a new generation. A face painter, caricature artist, and scavenger hunt are also on the docket.

Crab Boil at Brookland’s Finest

This American gastropub boils crabs in Old Bay-spiced broth with corn, potatoes, and andouille sausage, and serves them alongside a DC Brau beer ($30 per person). The boils happen every Tuesday through summer, and nightly July 1st through July 4th for Independence Day weekend. Looking for more DC crab feasts? See our guide to where to find them around town, no car needed.

Red, White & Brew Wine and Beer Festival at Navy Yard

The name says it all: this outdoor festival on July 1st and 2nd is the place to try red wines, white wines, and beers from 100+ local vendors—along with live music and DC-area food trucks. The $50 general admission ticket gets you three hours of unlimited drinks, plus a customizable 20-tasting flight, a commemorative mug, and entry into the first round of Boozie Bingo. Choose from the Saturday or Sunday afternoon sessions (1 to 4 PM), or the Saturday night session (6 to 9 PM), and select the Stella Artois “Buy a Lady a Drink Package” to support Buy a Lady a Drink, the social impact campaign working to increase access to clean water worldwide.

Sunday Crush Pool Party at DNV Rooftop

The pool at the DNV Rooftop. Photograph courtesy of the Donovan House Hotel.

Kick off July 4th early with DNV’s first-ever summer crush rooftop pool party on Sunday, July 2nd from 12 to 5 PM. You can go for a dip or sunbathe on the deck while enjoying the music from DJ Sean J and drinking $5 orange crushes. Turn things up a notch with special summer cocktails like the Selfie Stick (a boozy popsicle) and the NSFW (bourbon, passionfruit, white peach purée, and ghost pepper tincture).

July 3rd

8th Annual Independence Burger Eating Contest at Z-Burger

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4321 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Join a crew of local and internationally-acclaimed competitive eaters at Tenleytown Z-Burger’s 8th annual burger eating contest on Monday, July 3rd at 12 PM. The challenge: eat as many burgers as possible in ten minutes—and you’ll have to eat more than 28 in order to unseat two-time champion Molly Schuyler . Prizes range from $300 in Z-Burger food to $1,500 in cash, and everyone attending, participants and observers alike, will be treated to free burgers at the end of the contest. Eۚil zburgerconݎst@gmailˬom with your name or contact Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian at 301-938-2762 to enter.

1540 North Capitol St., NW

If you have to work on Monday, July 3rd but still want to party after, head to Wicked Bloom Social Club starting at 4 PM for a barbecue and special happy hour. Guest bartender Will Alvarez will serve $7 classic cocktails from the Wicked Bloom menu until 10 PM, as well as specialty drinks featuring Angel’s Envy bourbon. All draft beers are $2 off, and hot dogs are free (that’s right, unlimited free hot dogs) until 6 PM. DJ Yaco will be spinning tunes from 6 to 10 PM (with no added cover charge).

The rooftop of Decades nightclub. Photo courtesy of Decades.

“Decades of Independence” at Decades

Decades, the retro-themed nightclub known for its 80s and 90s throwback playlist, is opening up its rooftop to the public for a pre-4th of July BBQ on Monday. Although the party goes from 9 PM to 4 AM, it’s probably a good idea to arrive on the earlier side because they’re serving up Kobe hot dogs, burgers, and steak and chicken tacos for free —and there’s no cover charge either. Drink specials include a summer colada “remix” made with CÎROC and pineapple juice, and frozen margaritas, each for $8. If you’re partying with a group, buy a bottle of CÎROC for $150.

July 4th

Rooftop BBQ at Rosewood

Skip the Georgetown crowds and watch the fireworks high over the Potomac River. On the 4th, the Rosewood’s Rooftop Bar & Lounge (formerly the Capella) is serving a menu of elevated American favorites like burgers topped with caramelized onions and bacon, and charred corn on the cob. The $95 ticket to the event ($45 for children 12 and under) includes food, a welcome drink, a glass of Champagne during the fireworks—and an incredible view.

The Embassy Row Hotel’s rooftop pool deck. Photo courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts.

“America” Party at the Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Sip red, white and blue CÎROC cocktails while dancing the night away on the Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel on July 4th. The “America” party, which starts at 6 PM, also features Budweiser in limited-edition camouflage bottles, designed to honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. When the sun goes down, break out your best moves during the Silent Disco dance party. Tickets are free for hotel guests and $30 for locals.

Bottomless BBQ at Teddy & The Bully Bar and Lincoln

1200 19th St., NW 1100 Vermont Ave., NW

Sister presidentially-themed restaurants Teddy & The Bully Bar and Lincoln roll out all-you-can-eat buffets of classic American fare on July 4th (think pickle-brined fried chicken and St. Louis style pork ribs). Specialty drinks—mimosas and Moscow mules—are bottomless for $45 per person. If you’re only going for the food, tickets are $29. Children 12 and under can go for $17 at Teddy & The Bully Bar, and $21 at Lincoln.

The $3 tacos at Liaison Capitol Hill. Photo courtesy of Liaison Capitol Hill.

Poolside Cookout at Liaison Capitol Hill

Cool off at Liaison Capitol Hill’s rooftop pool party from 8 AM to 10 PM on the 4th. The $40 ticket gets you access to the pool area and a discounted grill menu (starting at noon) like $3 tacos and $5 guacamole. To reserve roof seating, you can also rent a small cabana (fits two) for $175 or a large cabana (fits four) for $275.

Independence Day BBQ at Salamander Resort & Spa

500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, VA

If you’re looking to escape the DC crowds, bring all the kids (and dogs!) to the grand lawn at Salamander Resort & Spa. Salamander’s restaurant, Harriman’s, is whipping up a selection of American BBQ favorites, and the resort is hosting Middleburg’s fireworks display on-site. Enjoy lawn games like corn hole while the kids play on a life-sized chess set. The event, which goes from 4 PM to 10 PM, includes dinner for $15 per plate and a cash wine bar.

4th Annual BeerBQ Battle at City Tap House

Four local breweries—Evolution Craft Brewing Co., 3 Stars Brewing Co, Hardywood Brewing Co., and City Tap—put their cooking skills to the test in City Tap’s 4th annual BeerBQ battle from 12 PM to 5 PM. The $20 ticket gets you a sample from each brewery (and voting rights), plus side dishes of coleslaw and potato salad. If you’re in the competitive spirit, enter the corn hole tournament (although it’s best to reserve your spot beforehand because it usually fills up). Select draft beers and John Dalys are each $5 throughout the event.

July 4th festivities from last year at Cafe du Parc. Photo courtesy of Cafe du Parc.

Barbecue and Fireworks at Cafe du Parc

Cafe du Parc is extending their menu, their space, and their hours to celebrate July 4th this year. Executive chef Peter Laufer will grill burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches at an outdoor barbecue station, and you’ll find several additional picnic tables on the terrace to soak up the sun. Kids can get their faces painted anytime between 5 PM and 8 PM, and the restaurant will stay open until 11 PM—perfect for a post-fireworks snack.

Roof Deck BBQ at 1905

Head up to the deck at 1905 starting at 2 PM on July 4th to feast on local sausages, grilled portobellos, and homemade side dishes from chef Joel Hatton. The $20 ticket at the door gets you any three items, including food and drinks. Additional tickets are available for purchase inside the event.

Fourth Annual Freedom Fest at Republic

6539 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

Republic, a champion of Maryland’s craft brewing industry, is celebrating the local beer scene with its 4th Annual Freedom Fest on Tuesday, July 4th. Drink “unlimited samples” of 25 local beers—including Denizens, Jailbreak, Manor Hill, and more—while enjoying live music and “a smorgasbord of American BBQ.” Tickets cost $40 for the afternoon (11 AM to 3 PM) or evening (3 PM to 7 PM), and $60 for the whole day.

Duck Bratwurst from 701 Restaurant. Photo courtesy of 701.

Patio Party & Takeout at 701

If you’re headed to the National Mall this year, stop by the patio at Penn Quarter’s 701 on your way. The July 4th menu includes pork belly sandwiches, Wagyu beef sliders, and corn spoon bread, which can be eaten on site or carried out for a picnic (11 AM to 9 PM).

Fireworks on the Lake at Clyde’s of Columbia

10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD

Escape the DC crowds and watch the fireworks over Lake Kittamaqundi from the pavilion at Clyde’s of Columbia. The restaurant dishes up unlimited food, beer, and wine from 5 PM to 10 PM tickets are $75 per adult, $40 per young adult (12-20 years old) and $20 per child (under 12 years old). Cocktails are available for an additional charge.

The open-air terrace at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Photo courtesy of Emilio Pabon Photography.

“AmeriCAN DrinkDependence Day” at Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Yes, you CAN drink the afternoon away with $4 cans from Flying Dog Brewery at the 5th annual “AmeriCAN DrinkDependence Day,” starting at 3 PM on July 4th. Head up to the rooftop terrace at Jack Rose, and choose from Flying Dog favorites like The Truth, Bloodline, Dead Rise, Summer Rental, and Honey Paloma. Refuel throughout the evening with half-priced bites like smoked whiskey wings, crispy chicken skins, and pork sandwiches.

Rooftop Pop-up Bar at Mason & Rook

1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW

For a drink that captures all the colors of July 4th in one, head to the Rooftop Bar at Mason & Rook for a glass of red, white and blue sangria (made with white wine, cherries, and blueberries). The holiday-themed pop-up bar is also serving whiskey-cola slushies, and a full hot dog menu from chef Jonathan Dearden . All food and drink items are served à la carte at prices ranging from $7 to $14, and The Rooftop will be open normal hours on July 4th (from 5 PM until last call).

Head to the newly refurbished courtyard garden at the Fairmont Georgetown before the fireworks to stay hydrated with bottomless beers from local brewery DC Brau, house wine, and sparkling cocktails. The $75 ticket ($35 for children 12 and under) also includes food from the grill station, stocked with burgers, half-smoked beer brats, hot dogs, grilled jumbo shrimp with lime honey bourbon glaze, potato salad, and grilled corn. If that doesn’t leave you stuffed, make your own sundae to end the party on a sweet note.

The Yard at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown. Photo by Joy Asico.

If you’re planning to watch the fireworks display around the Georgetown Waterfront, head to The Yard at the nearby Ritz-Carlton to start the night with bottomless bourbon cocktails and a full buffet of American fare. Highlights from the menu include crab cake sliders, spiced French fry cones, and funnel cake. Tickets for the party, which goes from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, are $95 for adults and $45 for children under 12.

The new mural from No Kings Collective at the Lot at the Liz. Photo courtesy of Cotton & Reed.

Splashtown USA at the Lot at the Liz

You’ve probably seen Instagram photos of the newly painted “WORK IT, GURL” lot (part of the Lot at the Liz pop-up art experience) by the artists at No Kings Collective. On July 4th from 12 to 9:30 PM, Cotton & Reed is throwing a 21+ block party at the lot, featuring a 22-foot inflatable waterslide, cookout fare from One Route Catering, and kegged Cotton & Reed cocktails on draft from mixologist Lukas B. Smith. Highlights include Smith’s take on a frozen piña colada and Cotton & Reed’s Redbeard (rum, campari, ginger, and lemon). Stick around until after dark for the event’s “Terrible Fireworks”—they won’t be launching any of the big guys, but you’ll see sparks from a few kiddie kits. All food and drinks are priced separately: $10-12 per plate and per cocktail, and $5 per beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Whitman-Walker Health.


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