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We did it! America is older! Let’s party! (cause… baby, you’re a firework!)

We’re celebrating American on America’s day, aka Independence Day, aka remember when Will Smith saved the world from aliens after the White House blew up? FIRST THINGS FIRST:

That’s 8-hours of silly games, hot bods, jock jams (but not the “Jock Jams” compilations), inflatable things that you didn’t realize could be inflated, pie-eating contests, young people dressed in costumes and more American stuff! Purchase your tickets now because last year we sold-out and you don’t want to show up to something in a swimsuit and get turned away and be stuck wearing a swimsuit without a pool party like some weirdo.


There is other stuff to do. Yes, it’s possible to celebrate this great country for more than 8 hours in the sunlight. Beginning on Wednesday, July 3 and running all the way til darkness on July 4, we’re giving you many options to embrace America. Whether you’re interested in drinking, eating or partying, we’ve got you covered. If you’re not interested in drinking, eating or partying, you are not American.

Where To Drink

(aside from our pool party, naturally)

Midtown Liberty Bar Tour
-When: July 3rd, 5pm-12am
-Where: Start at either The Front Page or Mackey’s and the tour includes +10 bars
-What & How Much: Just because the actual day isn’t until July 4th that doesn’t mean you can’t start the party early. The Midtown Liberty Bar Tour is happening on the 3rd with $2 Coors Light and $3 Blue Moon. $14 to join the fun.

PubCrawl.com: July 4th Pub Crawl
-When: July 4th, 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.
-Where: Start at DC Bread & Brew, 1247 20th St NW
-What & How Much: “Drink Specials: $2 12oz American Draft, $3 American Bottles, $4 Freedom Well Drinks **Specials vary based on venue**


Brixton British Pub 4th of July Party
-When: July 4th, 5pm
-Where: 901 U ST NW
-What & How Much: The new location will be throwing a bash on the 4th with food and drink specials. Smashing.

Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
-When: July 4th, 11:05 a.m.
-Where: Nationals Park
-What & How Much: Nothing screams “‘merica” like a baseball game. Also, nothing screams “it’s OK to drink before noon” like the Brewers. Skip the standing room and opt for Miller Party Night tickets. Starting at $21, the pack gets your a Scoreboard Pavilion seat and a free beer at the Scoreboard Walk bar. If you happen to show up early, the same bar offers $5 brew specials. It’s O.K. to drink beer in the 10 a.m. hour if you’re at a stadium.


Tortilla Coast
-When: July 4th
-Where: Both the Capitol Hill (400 First St SE) and Dupont Circle (1460 P St NW)
-What & How Much: Red, white and blue swirl margaritas. We tip our hats to you, mixologists.

3rd of July at The Park at Fourteenth
-When: July 3rd, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
-Where: The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th Street NW
-What & How Much: Dinner and Happy Hour at 5 p.m., then party all night, with Hennessy and Belvedere cocktails. The event is 21+ and tickets are $20 general admission, $40 VIP admission.

Where To Eat

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Ice Cream Social
-When: July 3rd 1pm-3pm
-Where: 1644 31st St NW Washington, DC 20007
-What & How Much: Enjoy some pre-4th of July ice cream at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and get a tour of the mansion. $5-$10 for kids, $5 for adults and free for military families.

Lincoln Restaurant 4th of July Menu
-When: July 4th 2pm
-Where: 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC
-What & How Much: Lincoln Restaurant is having an all you can eat for the 4th. Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, homemade apple pie and so much more. $29 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger.


Mothership Crab and Pig Feast
-When: July 4th from 12pm-10pm
-Where: 3301 Georgia Avenue NW
-What & How Much: Mothership is having an all you can eat blue crab, whole pig, mofongo, etc. meal for $85. Make them regret that “all you can eat”.

Washington DC Fireworks Dinner Cruise
-When: July 4th @ 7:30- 11:30pm (actual boarding time 6:30pm)
-Where: Pier 4 Water Street
-What & How Much: A 21 and up cruise on the bay to drink, eat and watch the fireworks. I think all of that is code for booze cruise. Tickets are $159.90 per person.


-When: July 4th, 5:30-10pm
-Where: 1330 Maryland Ave SW
-What & How Much: $65 per adult for crab cakes, macaroni, trifles and more. Mmmmmm… And more.

One for the Bay
-When: July 3, 5 to 7 p.m.
-Where: McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, 1652 K. St NW
-What & How Much: Meet staff from The Nature Conservancy and the Oyster Recovery Partnership! Also, half of the oyster sales will be donated to the project

Palisades 47th Annual July 4th Parade & Picnic
-When: July 4th (surprise!), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Where: Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherier Place NW
-What & How Much: A parade where people are encouraged to make floats/walk (those participants should show up around 10 a.m.). After the parade, there’s a huge picnic with FREE food, live music, pony rides, and a moon bounce. Can adults go on the moon bounce?


Where To Party

4th of July Fireworks Cruise
-When: July 4th Boarding starts at 7:30 and ship takes off at 7:45
-Where: 700 Water Street SW in Washington, DC
-What & How Much: Perfect way to watch the fireworks in DC is from the water. This $120 cruise is your chance! We just recommend that you don’t pregame too hard.

Red, White And Boom Party July 4th DC Party
-When: July 4th 4:30pm-9:30pm
-Where: Kastles Stadium at The Wharf 800 Water Street SW
-What & How Much: 5 hour open bar, good music and access to pregames. Now that we have your attention, this event at Kastles stadium should be pretty dope. $70 regular ticket or $90 VIP ticket.

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge at W Hotel DC: Boom with a View
-When: July 4th 6pm
-Where: W Hotel 515 15th Street NW
-What & How Much: Watch the fireworks from the W hotel and then party afterwards with a cash bar. Tickets are $60 in advance and $80 same day.


July 4th at Cafe du Parc
-When: July 4th, 4 – 8 p.m., 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
-Where: The Willard InterContinental Hotel,
-What & How Much: Block-party style shindig with picnic food, crepes, and alcohol. There will be a hot dog or hamburger lunch for $10 (includes coleslaw, fruit and a bottle of water) OR Parisian-style sweet crepes station for $6, which is pretty rad.

Post-Fireworks Party with HariKaraoke
-When: July 4th, doors at 9:30 p.m.
-Where: The Hamilton Restaurant, 600 14th Street NW
-What & How Much: Just because the fireworks are over doesn’t mean the party is over. Head to the Hamilton Restaurant for some karaoke that isn’t like all the rest: instead of a goofy machine, there is a live band you sing with instead. Cover charge is $5.


JIVA-A South African musical journey
-When: July 4th, doors at 9 p.m.
-Where: Tropicalia, 2001 14th St NW
-What & How Much: Celebrate America with the launch of Jiva, a global dance party specializing in South African sounds. $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after.

Where To Hang/Watch Things Explode

Visionary Pets on Parade
-When: July 4th, 10 am (9:30 am pet registration)
-Where: American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD
-What & How Much: Free! Parade of animals in funny costumes plus a pet talent show. Perfect for the animal lover that wants to escape D.C.

18th Annual Kensington Fourth of July Bike Parade
-When: July 4th, 10 a.m. but participants should arrive at 9:45 a.m.
-Where: St. Paul Park, 3514 Plyers Mill Road, Kensington, MD 20895
-What & How Much: Watch decorated bikes, strollers, wagons, scooters, anything on wheels really, follow the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department truck through the city for this cool and funky 4th of July parade. Anyone can join the parade! Plus it’s free!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
-When: July 3-July 6 11am-5:30pm each day
-Where: On the National Mall between the Smithsonian Museums
-What: Free music, arts and culturaal day festival with music, food and art to celebrate different heritages.


National Annual 4th of July Parade
-When: July 4th at 11:45am
-Where: Constitution Avenue and 7th Street
-What & How Much: This one’s a freebie just for you, DC. The annual parade boasts live bands, Uncle Sams on stilts, and other parade-y type stuff.

A Capitol Fourth
-When: July 4th following the parade, gates open at 3pm, concert starts at 8pm
-Where: US Capitol West Lawn- East Capitol St NE & First St
-What & How Much: Another free concert starring the National Symphony orchestra. If you’re interested in seeing the concert early, head to the Mall on the 3rd for the dress rehearsal. It’s like the regular show, but without massive crowds and a few starts and stops.

DC’s Fireworks Spectacular
-When: We’ve got a pattern going here. July 4th following the concert.
-Where: The National Mall
-What & How Much: A huge showing of fireworks, all for you, all for free.

4th of July BBQ & Fireworks Viewing Party
-When: July 4th, 5 – 10:30 p.m.
-Where: Washington Hilton
-What & How Much: BBQ buffet with all kinds of delicious BBQ stuff (ribs, chicken, etc) then at 8, they’ll turn on their big screen TVs to watch the Capitol Fourth concert and you can watch the fireworks from their deck. $29 per adult; $14.50 per child 6-12 yrs; Kids 5 and under are FREE. A much better option than building your own barbecue pit.