D.C. is a popular tourist destination on the most patriotic day of the year. Here's where you should watch Fourth of July fireworks if you’re looking to avoid the tourists.


Takoma Park: A concert and fireworks event in Takoma Park will follow a Independence Day Parade throughout the day. Fireworks start at Takoma Park Middle School at 9:30 p.m.

Granville Gude Park: Located in Laurel Lake, the park has two lakes, picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits and paddle boat rentals. Fireworks begin about 9:15 p.m.

Annapolis, Md: The best viewing areas for the display off the Annapolis Harbor include public spaces Northeast of the Severn River, the Naval Academy Bridge, or hop on a boat in the Annapolis harbor!

Northern Virginia

Gravelly Point Park: Close to the monuments and downtown D.C. but not too close, you can enjoy multiple sets of fireworks from one park in Arlington!

George Mason High School: Celebrate with live music and food for the whole family, before viewing the fireworks at around 9:20 p.m. You can sit in the fields or a parking lot with blankets and chairs and relax with family and friends.

Yeonas Park: The town of Vienna will have a celebration for fireworks in Yeonas Park, with food and drinks available to buy for your family while you enjoy the fireworks. A pie-eating contest beforehand will be for kids ages 5 to 10 at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy a picnic under the fireworks!

Ida Lee Park in Leesburg: A full food court will be onsite with funnel cakes, ice cream, barbecue and other goodies. Blankets, folding chairs and coolers are encouraged. Fireworks start about 9:30 p.m.

Park Mansion: For a more romantic viewpoint of the fireworks display in Leesburg, and $75 per person, you can make a reservation for a spot at tix.extremetix.com. Must be 21 and over.

And if you're sold on staying in D.C., here are the top spots to watch fireworks in the nation's capital. But beware: there will be tourists aplenty.