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7 Best Spots to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks in D.C.

Jessica Evans

For Jessica Evans, real estate is more than a job — it’s a way of life...

For Jessica Evans, real estate is more than a job — it’s a way of life...

Feb 5 3 minutes read

Stressing out about finding the perfect spot to watch fireworks in our Nation's Capital this 4th of July?

We’ve got you covered! 

Check out our picks for the 7 best spots to watch the 4th of July fireworks in D.C.


1. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW

Two spots at the National Cathedral you should take advantage of on the Fourth of July include the grassy slope and the parking lot.

2. Francis Scott Key Bridge

Key Bridge, Washington, D.C. 20016 

You can enjoy Independence Day by journeying to the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Enjoy the waterfront view and the lively nightlife of Georgetown once the fireworks are over.

3. Watergate South

700 New Hampshire Ave NW

If you want to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks from the great indoors, head over to Watergate South. While space is limited, the rooftop view is incomparable.

4. The Kennedy Center Terrace

2700 F St NW

The Kennedy Center Terrace undeniably offers one of the best views of the city, so expect one of the best views of the fireworks.

5. National Mall

Washington, DC 20565

Anywhere on the National Mall is the best – but busiest – place to watch the fireworks. Stake out your spot with a blanket, beach chairs and a picnic basket full of food and lots of water. Then get there early for the best viewing.

6. Across the Potomac River

Arlington, VA 22209

Watch from across the Potomac River at some ideal viewing areas. One of those is the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial in Virginia. With the mesmerizing statue as the backdrop, the fireworks take on even greater meaning.

7. Hains Point on East Potomac Park

Hains Point, Washington, DC 20242

Hains Point on East Potomac Park is a serene stretch of public land on a peninsula that stretches into the Potomac River. The park provides great views of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, as well as the Washington Channel, and there are key spots with picnic tables and benches providing an ideal sightline to watch the fireworks.

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