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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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1. POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

POV offers an assortment of seasonal cocktails and a small plate food menu in a chic, top-floor sky-lounge outfitted with oversized, Alice in Wonderland-style black & red couches and glossy, darkly lacquered walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows peek out onto Downtown DC; a wrap-around terrace provides great views of the mall and the White House lawn.

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2. Skydome Lounge 300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

The Skydome in Crystal City is a rotating restaurant atop the DoubleTree, and it delivers beautiful skyline views of the National Mall. On the menu are American dishes like mac and cheese and fried chicken, and we suggest indulging in cocktails while taking in the view instead. The best time to go to the restaurant is during sunset because the rotating restaurant have you seeing all of D.C. under a velvet glow.

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3. Cambria Suites 899 O St Nw, Washington, 20001

The Cambria Suites hotel is situated just one block away from the Washington Convention Center, making it a popular destination for business travelers. Tourists and international clients also enjoy this hotel for it's location in the historic Shaw district and its incredible views of the National Mall. The hotel has a full service restaurant that cooks up breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day with a wide range of American-style dishes that are sure to please everyone. The crowning glory of the hotel, though, is its rooftop bar with specialty cocktails and panoramic views of the D.C. area and all of the monuments.

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4. Beacon Sky Bar 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest , Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Sky Bar in Dupont sports "black and white trellis patterns and gleaming steel" along the interior, leading out to a terrace that boasts a dual-bar'd covered section, as well as a lush vegetation-filled deck with couches and lounge chairs.

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