The W Hotel’s swanky POV rooftop bar throws it down every Independence day with its annual “Boom with a View” party. Each ticket costs $275 and includes access to their premium open bar, apps, and proximity to the White House. The party starts at 6:30pm with music and dancing until 10:30pm. Dress code is “casual sophistication.”
View the pyrotechnics from a different vantage point and consider taking a river cruise. The Potomac River Boat Company has two 2-hour cruises with departures from The Wharf at 8:15pm and Alexandria City Marina at 8pm. Tickets are a cool $125 per person. At $180 a person, upgrade to the dinner cruise with a picnic-themed menu, unlimited beer and wine, and a DJ slanging beats until the party’s over. The Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise boards at 7:15pm from Alexandria City Marina.
Avoid the hoopla of the Mall with an intimate evening of dinner and drinks. Starting at 7pm, enjoy an open bar with a robust selection of red, white, or rose. After libations, the buffet will feature menu items like fried chicken and caprese sandwiches. Tickets are pricey at $125 a head, but they include gratuity, the seated buffet, and unlimited wine.