WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Since Memorial Day, Washingtonians have been counting the days until they can pull out their grills again. Thankfully, July fourth is right around the corner. If you don’t have any plans yet, here are the best places to be this holiday:
The Fireworks on the Mall: On July 4th, at exactly 9:09 pm, a patriotic show of fireworks is launched from the reflecting pool to wrap up a long weekend worth of events. The show, which lasts for approximately 20 minutes, can be viewed from a number of different venues, including:
- The National Mall: Get there early, find a good spot on the yard, and don’t forget your blanket!
- To the North of the crowds: Cardozo High School and the Washington National Cathedral both have high, hilly slopes perfect for a great shot of the show.
- Across the Potomac: In Arlington, you can view the show from the U.S Marine Corps Memorial. The Francis Scott Key Bridge and 14th Street Bridge are also great spots.
- To the South: Fireworks are perfectly visible from Anacostia Park and the Kennedy Row Apartments.
The Kennedy Center Terrace: Already, the Kennedy Center offers a breathtaking view of the city. Come here if you want a less crowded area to see the fireworks!
W Washington Hotel: The W Hotel offers access to their rooftop for incredible views of the fireworks! Enjoy a DJ and drinks all night!
Washington National Cathedral: Enjoy two amazing views at once with the cathedral and the patriotic fireworks you'll be able to see.
Meridian Hill Park: Relax and lay in the grass while watching the celebration at one of DC's most well-known parks!
Fireworks at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon: If you want to avoid the crowds altogether Monday night, visit George Washington’s mansion on Saturday. Meet the Washingtons, pose like the President, and watch Independence Fireworks launched straight from Mt. Vernon.
The Independence Day Parade: America's National Independence Day Parade will be held July 4th at 11:45 on Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th streets. The Parade consists of bands, floats, military units, national dignitaries, and celebrities.
Palisades’ neighborhood parade: If you’re looking for a smaller event, the Palisades neighborhood in northwest hosts an annual July fourth parade with floats, a moon bounce and free picnic! Activities begin at 11am.
The National Archives: The National Archives has a schedule of events for the entire holiday weekend. On July fourth, you and your family can watch the presentation of colors by the Color Guard, sign the Declaration of Independence (with a quill pen!), and meet Mr. Washington and friends if you didn’t have a chance to make it to his house party on Saturday.