The Fourth of July will be, ahem, atypical in the capital this year: President Trump plans to make a speech at the Lincoln Memorial from 6:30-7:30pm, with music, flyovers, and military demonstrations. And on top of the usual fireworks show launched from behind the Lincoln Memorial, there is now an additional display launching from West Potomac Park.
Indeed, this will be the capital’s biggest, most tremendous, spectacular fireworks display to date. The event will run an extra 15 minutes longer than usual, thanks to a huge donation of fireworks valued at $750,000 from two private pyrotechnic companies. The fireworks in DC kick off just after 9pm (9:07 to 9:27 to be exact).
But where are the best places to watch? Needless to say, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding where, exactly, the public can view fireworks this Fourth of July. It's a good idea to check out the National Park Service’s website before you head out. Or avoid the quagmire entirely and opt for some bottomless champagne while blissfully floating down the Potomac. You've got options.
But first, where should you pregame?
Looking for somewhere to grab a brew or two before the official festivities start? Snag a spot at one of DC’s best rooftop bars, preferably by the water. Anywhere in the Wharf area would be a good idea, especially since they’ll be having live music throughout the day. Head to Officina for a cocktail on their partially canopied terrazza, or have a daiquiri pitcher and spam musubi at the new, multi-leveled Tiki TNT.
What will the weather be like?
It’s DC, so you already know to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather forecast, but as of now plan on some major heat (around the mid-90s) with the possibility of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Grab your largest bottle of water and the same size bottle of sunscreen and you’ll be ready to take on the day.