4th of July Parties and Bar Crawls: Washington DC 2018

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The Washington DC area is a great place to gather your friends and don your red, white and blue for a patriotic party to celebrate the 4th of July. Here’s a guide to some of the largest Independence Day parties, barbecues and bar crawls in the region. To submit an event to be included, please email the details to dc.about@outlook.com. 

Lansdowne Celebrates America – July 1, 2018. 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA. It's an annual tradition to hang out on the resort’s back lawn, playing games, trying Loudoun County beer and wine, and watching a spectacular fireworks show. Be sure to arrive when the doors open at 6 p.m. as tables and spots on the grassy areas are first come, first served only. There will be food and drink for sale on-site. No outside coolers are alcohol will be permitted. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for kids between the ages of 4 and 12, and the event is free for kids ages three and under.

 

Jack Rose Annual “AmeriCAN DrinkDependence Day” – July 1, 2018. This bar in Adams Morgan offers an expansive open-air rooftop terrace with a great view of the National Mall fireworks, and each year it puts on a beer-centric 4th of July celebration and rooftop viewing party. The terrace opens early at 3 p.m., serving $4 Flying Dog cans and $5 drafts until the fireworks end.

July 4th Fireworks Cruise on the Odyssey - July 4, 2018. Enjoy 360 views of Washington DC’s fireworks spectacular from the water aboard the glass enclosed Odyssey. Climate-controlled, and featuring a wrap around deck, guests are invited to enjoy the show no matter what the weather is while indulging in a seated prix fixe dinner. The cruise also includes live entertainment, dancing, a premium open bar (all passengers must be 21 or older with valid ID). The dinner cruise is currently sold out, but the Independence Day lunch cruise is still available, with tickets from $61.90 to $81.90.

July 4th Fireworks Cruise on the Spirit of Washington - July 4, 2018. See the fireworks from the water while enjoying dinner on a climate-controlled ship with views of some of Washington DC’s most stunning landmarks.  The holiday-themed cruise includes a buffet-style dinner menu, premium open bar package (passengers must be 21 or older with valid ID), and live DJ entertainment. Priced from $199.90 per adult, the cruise boards at 6 p.m. and cruises from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. This cruise is currently sold out, but The Spirit of Mt Vernon Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise is still available.

The Watergate Hotel's Top of the Gate Party - July 4, 2018. See the fireworks over the Potomac River from this historic hotel's rooftop bar that boasts amazing views. The Watergate Hotel's Independence Day party costs $175 per person, and house wine, draft beer, and build-your-own burgers are included in the fee. Email toglounge@thewatergatehotel.com for tickets.

W Hotel 4th of July Rooftop Party -  July 4, 2018. 515 15th Street, NW Washington DC (202) 661-2400. With its prime location, just steps from the White House, the POV rooftop bar offers great views of the fireworks. Advance tickets ringing in at $275 each are required.

Washington DC is one of the prime places in the nation to celebrate Independence Day, with a wide variety of concerts, parades and of course fireworks. For details on all of the region's events,  Read More About the 4th of July in Washington DC