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DC, the quintessential place for patriotism, justice, and liberty. With droves of tourists coming in for the Fourth of July, make your reservations or score your perfect viewing spot now for these cool places.

In DC

National Mall—Get there early. Most people begin camping out on July 3rd for a great spot. Work in shifts to eat, sleep, and meet some great people. (No reservations needed.)

POV W Hotel, “Boom With A View”—The POV’s Rooftop Terrace is THE place for Washington’s movers and shakers; however, don’t worry you don’t need a large amount of capital to RSVP for this event. Located in the heart of the city, this is definitely a place to not only watch the spectacular fireworks, but to people watch with some of the best in the city. (Update: Sold out for 2014)

Independence Day at The Graham—For less than what it costs to eat dinner for two, The Graham is offering up its spectacular roof top called The Observatory to watch the show from over the Potomac River.

Cruise the Potomac—With more than enough yachts to choose from, we recommend either Odyssey, Spirit, or Dandy Restaurant Cruises. Prices range between $199-$250; however, with selections such as Crab Stuffed Shrimp and a premium open bar out on the open water, go ahead and splurge.

In Virginia

Double Tree by Hilton Crystal City—DC too crowded? Then head across the bridge over into Crystal City where the Sky Room has direct views of the monuments and with a $10 cover charge, you can buy a round of drinks or two.

Indigo Landing—Right off the GW Parkway sits a gem of a restaurant that overlooks the Potomac River with views of the airplanes landing, the Capitol, the Washington monument, and the ability to eat a fabulous meal. You should really reconsider driving into DC.

In Maryland

National Harbor—The addition of the Capitol Wheel has made National Harbor so much cooler and although they do not have a specific event, it’s another place where you can sit out on a restaurant’s patio or sit along the banks of the river to get a bird’s eye view of how magical Washington, DC can be on the Fourth of July.

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