July 4th in DC

Independence Day is just around the corner and there is a dizzying number of ways to celebrate here in the District!  Here’s our roundup of ways to make this July 4th in DC an awesome one.

Activities

America’s National Independence Day Parade
where: Constitution Avenue & 7th Street NW
when: July 4, 11:45 AM
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Co-hosted by the National Park Service and produced by Diversified Events, this quintessential July 4th experience is complete with invited bands from around the country, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants.

NoMa’s July 4th Bash
where: 2nd & L Streets NE
when: July 4, 4-7 PM
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After the parade, kick off the holiday weekend with your neighbors on this grassy field in NoMa.  You can expect live bluegrass music, moon bounces, and face painting, as well as free hamburgers, hotdogs and watermelon for the first 200 attendees, courtesy of our neighborhood Harris Teeter!  Bring your picnic gear and your (leashed) pooch, then settle in and enjoy the festivities.

National Museum of American History
where: 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
when: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, everyday (see calendar for extended holiday hours)
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There are few things more patriotic than the American Flag.  As always, the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner will be on display this weekend at the National Museum of American History, but through July 6, visitors will be treated to a glimpse of the original manuscript of the national anthem, here for a limited time from the Maryland Historical Society.  Whether this weekend brings rain or high temperatures, take a break from the outdoors to experience this piece of American history.

Fireworks

Fireworks set off from the National Mall can be seen from multiple vistas throughout the District. Here are some of the best places to watch from:

Jefferson Memorial
East Potomac Park
Anacostia Park
Perry’s Restaurant Rooftop
Jack Rose Roof Deck and Tiki Bar
Red Rocks – H Street

Good Eats

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to enjoy one of Richard Sandoval’s DC eateries, you know what a special treat it is for him to offer a bottomless brunch at all 6 locations this July 4th.  That’s right: endless brunch cocktails and inventive small plates that keep coming until you say when.

El Centro- Georgetown
1218 Wisconsin Avenue NW
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Masa 14
1825 14th Street NW
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
$39 per person

Zengo
781 7th Street NW
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
$39 per person

El Centro- 14th Street
1819 14th Street NW
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Toro Toro
1300 I Street NW
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
$39 per person

Ambar
523 8th Street SE
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$35 per person

Home Cookin’

If you’re planning to avoid the crowds and keep the party at your place, we’ve got some yummy recipes for you to try.  Avoid the heat of the kitchen with these make ahead and no cook options:

Spinach and Walnut Pesto Potato Salad
Turkey and Cucumber Lettuce Wraps
Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad
Zucchini and Fresh Corn Succotash
Kale and Blood Orange Salad
Homemade Salsa

Libations

Relax and keep your cool with these refreshing summer cocktails and mocktails:

Naughty:
St. Germain Gin and Tonic
Tequila Paloma
Honeydew Citrus Sangria

Nice:
Cucumber Lemonade
Ginger Lime Spritzer
Watermelon Fizz

Sweet Treats

No holiday would be complete without a festive dessert to end the night:
Strawberry Gallette
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Red White and Blue Whoopie Pies

Pet Safety

We know not everyone will have to worry about keeping pets safe and stress free this weekend, but for those of us with furry friends, we know how important this can be.  Take a look at these resources to help guide your pet-friendly holiday weekend:

Pet Smarts
The Daily Puppy
Firework Safety
Summer Pet Health

 So there you have it, now get out there, have fun and be safe!

July 4th in DC

 

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