W Washington D.C. Hotel

POV

Downtown

There’s no better place to comfortably watch the magic than at POV, where you can enjoy a terrace that wraps around the hotel overlooking the White House (Hey, Obama!) and panoramic views of the city... if you have some cash to burn, that is. The Boom With a View party does come with a $265 price tag. But at least it includes an open bar?

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Skydome Restaurant

Skydome

Crystal City

If you’ve ever watched the fireworks Downtown, you recall all too well the traffic-induced headache that ensues afterwards... and with the current metro debacle, it'll probably be even worse this year. Don’t be afraid to cross into Virginia, a mere three miles away. Definitely consider avoiding the whole situation by checking out the Skydome, a rotating restaurant atop the DoubleTree, serving beautiful skyline views.

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Cambria Suites

The roof of Cambria Suites

Shaw

If you want a serious party, head over to Shaw, where the new, sleek Cambria Suites will be celebrating America's birthday. Lounge on white leather furniture, and enjoy cocktails around the fire pit from 5-11pm.

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Beacon Bar and Grill

Sky Bar

Dupont

Rooftops shindigs definitely complement a 240th celebratory bash, and the Sky Bar at the Beacon Hotel is stepping up, so you can enjoy hours worth of summer picnic-themed food and cocktails, all while checking out the show. If it becomes too crowded upstairs, head downstairs to their bar and grill to mingle without all the fuss.

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