Time to celebrate the most epic break up OF ALL TIME! That’s right, Independence Day, because we are a nation of strong, independent citizens that don’t need no England. Naturally, we want to celebrate this amazing holiday in style. Lucky for us, we live in the Nation’s Capital (if you weren’t already aware) which calls for us to party even harder. Because ‘Merica. Anyway, here is your complete guide to all things red, white, and blue that are going on this year.
Check back often. We’ll be updating this guide as specials, parties and fireworks viewing parties roll in.
Where To Drink
Let’s get star-spangled hammered.
When: Tuesday, July 4, all day
Where: Roofers Union, 2446 18th Street NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: D.C.’s own Hellbender Brewing Company will be taking over five taps for the day and offering $7 drafts. Chef Jenn will also be offering two homemade corn dogs with chips and a pickle for $10.
When: Tuesday, July 4 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: City Tap Penn Quarter, 901 9th Street NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: $20 will get you a sample of each offering from BeerBQ Battle contestants (including coleslaw and potato salad). They will also be selling $8 frosé and $5 draft beers. Stick around for a cornhole competition and to cast your vote for the best BBQ!
When: Tuesday, July 4
Where: Hank’s Cocktail Bar, 819 Upshur Street NW, Washington, D.C.
What & How Much: Enjoy delicious holiday cocktails including “I’m a Cool Rocking Daddy, In the USA,” which consists of gin, ginger beer, cucumber bitters, lime, basil, grapefruit, and Thai chili.
When: Tuesday, July 4, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Republic, 6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park MD
What & How Much: Come taste unlimited local beer, eat BBQ, and relax with some live music during this Independence Day beer bash. Tickets are on sale here and range from $40 to $60.
Where To Eat (and Carryout)
About 150 million hot dogs are estimated to be consumed on the Fourth (via Wallet Hub). Why not be part of the statistic? Here’s where you can get bites to absorb the alcohol.
When: Tuesday, July 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: 1905 Restaurant, 1905 9th Street NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: A rooftop barbecue where Chef Joel will be serving up grilled local sausages, portabello mushrooms, and plenty of delicious sides with ice cold beer and drink specials. $20 at the door will get you three food items (extra drink and food tickets will be available for purchase).
When: Tuesday, July 4 until 11:00 p.m.
Where: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: Chicken, hotdogs, burgers, and veggie burgers will be cooking all day and night, which guests can enjoy on an outdoor patio. This event is kid friendly with ice cream, face painting, and live entertainment.
When: Tuesday, July 4 starting at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: Chef Zach is cooking up BBQ ribs, smoked chicken, and half smokes along with delicious sides like Mexican street corn, potato salad, pasta salad, and more. Don’t forget, happy hour drink specials go until 7:00pm.
When: Tuesday, July 4 (and every Tuesday night throughout the summer)
Where: Brookland’s Finest, 3126 13th Street SE, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: $30 will get you a delicious blue crab boil including red potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage
When: Tuesday, July 4, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery,
What & How Much: Pick up some delicious treats from Bayou Bakery, including star shaped cookies or a red, white, and blue cake to wow your party guests!
When: July 1-7
Where:1050 Connecticut Ave NW
What & How Much: If your idea of celebrating America is a big old steak dinner than Morton’s is your best bet. They have a special three course menu features a starter, main course (go for that filet!) a side and a dessert for $40. That’s damn good.
When: July 1-7
Where:1201 F St NW
What & How Much: Dying for a seafood meal instead? Roll on over to the Oceanaire for a dinner for two special. It’ll run you $60 per couple, but you’ll get three courses and a wine pairing. That leaves plenty of money left to buy fireworks.
When: Tuesday, July 4 (pre-order by 4:00 p.m. Sunday. July 2)
Where: Penn Commons, 700 6th Street NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: For $17.76 you can purchase the ideal picnic basket for two for Independence Day. Order by July 2nd to secure your picnic pack with buttermilk fried chicken, potato salad, corn chowder, and peach hand pies.
When: Monday, July 5 or Tuesday, July 4 between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pearl Dive, 1612 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: Enjoy fried chicken, jalapeño cornbread muffins, potato salad, coleslaw, blueberry hand pies, a checkered table cloth, and silverware for just $35. Pre-order by 6:00pm Sunday to pick up Monday or by 6:00pm Monday to pick up on Tuesday.
Where To Party
When: Saturday, July 1, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: The National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: Join BYT for an after-hours museum extravaganza featuring an open bar, great DJ sets, and more. Week of tickets will cost $55 and go on sale June 30th, but the price will increase to $65 the day of- so buy before!
When: Tuesday, July 4, boarding starts at 7:15 p.m. and the vessel leaves the dock at 7:45 p.m. sharp.
Where: Washington Marina, 1300 Maine Avenue Southwest, Washington, D.C.
What & How Much: Watch amazing 4th of July fireworks from the deck of a boat! There will be a cash bar (that can also take cards) and finger foods. Watch the fireworks and drink on the Anacostia/Potomac Rivers for a not-so-typical firework experience. Tickets are $135.
When: July 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (July 5)
Where: Top of the Yard, 1265 1st street SE, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: The ultimate rooftop fireworks viewing party featuring a build your own hotdog stand and popcorn. A $48 ticket will include wine and draft beer, while a $58 ticket will get you specialty cocktails and well liquor in addition to beer and wine.
When: Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2
Where: The Yards Park, 355 Waster Street SE, Washington D.C.
What & How Much: Come celebrate patriotism with red and white wine and a whole lot of wine. Tickets range from $29 to $89 depending on the package choice.
When: Tuesday, July 4 from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 1701 14th Street NW
What & How Much: Hang out with your favorite local rum distillery and get wet and wild. Your friends at Cotton & Reed taking over The Lot at the Liz with lots of water slides, BBQ and lots of rum. Admission is free, but do bring some cash and credit for drinks and food.
Where To Hang/Watch Things Explode
When: June 29 – July 4, and July 6 – 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening performances at 7 p.m.
Where: On the National Mall between the Smithsonian Museums
What: Artisan demonstrations, family-fun activities, live music, food vending, celebrating rituals, and more!!! America is a melting pot right? Let’s celebrate everyone’s culture!
When: Tuesday, July 4, at 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Constitution Avenue and 7th Street
What & How Much: The website proclaims it is “America’s biggest and best Independence Day Parade,” and bonus! its around the monuments so it is extra patriotic. And its free!!!
When: Do I really need to tell you this? Tuesday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m.
Where: US Capitol West Lawn- East Capitol St NE & First St
What & How Much: FREE and FREE. Its “America’s Biggest Birthday Party” and it has tons of live music and performances. Its in a perfect location and sets the perfect backdrop for patriotic fireworks.
When: Tuesday, July 4, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Clyde’s of Columbia, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, M.D.
What & How Much: Unlimited food, beer and wine on the pavilion while watching fireworks explode over the lake. Tickets are $75 per adult, $40 per young adult, and $20 per child.
When: You guessed it, Tuesday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m.
Where: The National Mall
What & How Much: much like our country, this event is free. Fireworks over the mall: its the perfect way to conclude your fourth of july festivities.
When: Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. pet registration
Where: American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD
What & How Much: Free, free, and free! Grab your pup (and their leash) and take them out for some patriotic pet-friendly fun.
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW, Washington D..
What & How Much: Free! Come enjoy some evening live music and relax before you go and enjoy fireworks later on.