The Oohs & Ahhs of the Fourth of July

This July 4th, "Independence Day" seems like an apt metaphor for all we have been through. There are people to see, massive picnic spreads to layout, Frose to toast with, and of course, fireworks to watch IRL. This year July 4th lands on a Sunday, giving many of us the following Monday off as well. A three-day weekend -- you are going to need plans and no surprise, the team at has you:

Hot Dogs, Bubbly & 4th of July Fireworks at Anchovy Social
Join Anchovy Social for a 4th of July celebration with rooftop views of the National Mall Fireworks, cookout favorites, and champagne. A general admission ticket ($75 per person) gets you standing room views of the National Mall Fireworks, grilled hot dogs with calabrian chili butter corn on the cob, and two glasses of Pommeroy Pop champagne. A reserved seated ticket ($125 per person) gets you reserved seating with views of the National Mall Fireworks, grilled hot dogs with calabrian chili butter corn on the cob, and two glasses of Pommeroy Pop champagne. 221 Tingey Street SE;

Independence Day At Home Grill Kits From Baker’s Daughter
This Independence Day, Baker’s Daughter is offering at-home grill kits for four, each featuring a choice of protein, sides and sauce along with a mixed green salad and vegetable kit. Choices of proteins include NY strip, filet mignon or salmon. Pick from optional grill enhancements like lobster tail and crab cakes. Orders are available for pick-up on July 2nd through July 4th. 1402 Okie Street NE;

Bammy’s Fourth Of July Drink Special
This July 4th Bammy's is running a drink special. They are serving Caribbean Crushes all day and night made with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, Wray and Nephew overproof rum, and sprite for only $10. 301 Water Street SE;

Fourth Of July Specials At Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Bayou Baker, Coffee Bar & Eatery will be offering mini patriotic pies (strawberry and blueberry), all fit for America’s big birthday. Honor the stars and stripes with star-shaped sugar cookies bursting with pride. You can also stock up on grab-n-geaux sides, including: watermelon and feta salad, creole mustard slaw, and more. Stay hydrated with the White Claw happy can specials. $21 for an assortment of flavors or $4 per can. Order must be placed 48 hours in advance. To order please call 703.243.2410. 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington VA;

Fourth Of July Cookies And Boxed Lunch Specials At Best Buns Bakery & Café
Best Buns Bakery & Café and Best Buns Bread Company is honoring the Great American Restaurant name with its July Fourth sugar cookies ($3.40 each). You can also get perfect for picnicking in the great out-doors boxed lunches (starts at $11.30 per person). 8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA (Best Buns Bakery & Café)  4010 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA (Best Buns Bread Company)

Fourth Of July On The Water with Boatsetter
Grab your new crew and book a private yacht for under $100 per person. If you don’t know how to drive a boat, no problem. You can select your rental (captain included) and set sail for a monumental day on the water.

Brasserie Liberté 4th of July Brunch
Celebrate the USA with three days of brunch at Brasserie Liberté. Enjoy Red, White and Blue Mimosa kits with patriotic juices and a bottle of sparkling wine ($35). Brunch favorites include avocado toast, home fries (V), eggs benedict, and more. Brunch is available on July 3rd and 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on July 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street NW;

Bresca July 4th Menu
Chef Ryan Ratino and the team at Bresca will celebrate 4th of July with a seasonal lunch and dinner menu. Indulge in creative dishes like the lamb neck, prawn mi cuit, black bass, and wagyu zabuton. The degustation is priced at $93 per person. For the duck enthusiasts, Chef Ratino will have available his iconic dry-aged barbary duck for an additional $35. 1906 14th Street NW; 

Centrolina’s Fourth Of July Grill Package
Celebrate America’s birthday and accompany the fireworks with Centrolina’s Fourth of July grill package. This ready-to-serve kit makes Independence Da entertaining a breeze. The packages ($150) feature pork fennel sausages, dry aged Angus beef patties, ready to grill corn with pesto, a strawberry shortcake kit, and more. Pre-orders will be accepted through July 1st at 6:00 p.m. and will be available for pick-up at Centrolina on July 2nd and July 3rd from 12:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m., and July 4th between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 974 Palmer Alley NW;

Clarendon Popup Bar Rooftop
This July 4th, celebrate with a rooftop party and enjoy BBQ and drink specials at Clarendon Popup Bar. Drink specials are from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. & include Freedom jell-o-shots & punch. Enjoy all-American food specials including burger trio, hot dogs, & BBQ sandwiches. 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA;

Red, White, And Blueberry Crumb Cake At Clarkson Avenue Crumb Company
Celebrate the 4th of July with Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company’s “Red, White and Blueberry” Crumb Cake ($35). This limited-edition cake is designed especially for celebrating The Fourth of July. It combines a strawberry cake with blueberry preserves, and their one-of-a-kind vanilla wafer crumbs for taste worth celebrating. Enjoy the taste of homemade goodness without doing all of the work, and have it delivered directly to your door with free shipping.

Cork & The 4th
Celebrate Independence Day with Cork Wine Bar. Now is the time to stock up on your favorite wines for the holiday weekend and your summer grilling pleasure. Pick from their online selection (or stop by the store for your picks) and put together a mixed case with our 4th of July Discount. Mix and match cases at 10% off. USE CODE 4THOFJULY10. Cork’s also popping-up at Paradiso in Spring Valley, Thursday & Friday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. They will have four exclusive three-packs, including Time For A CookOut ($75), International Alliance ($80), A Flight Of White ($60), and Feelin' Bubbly ($90). Every Thursday & Friday wine specialists will be on hand to talk about Cork’s weeklong themes, this week featuring Wines For The 4th. Explore wines from all over the world, wines that are perfect for summer sipping on the patio or stoop. 1805 14th Street NW;

CUT Rooftop Dinner
CUT Above at Georgetown’s Rosewood hotel is offering a special Fourth of July dinner, complete with a fantastic rooftop view of the national fireworks. Festivities include an exclusive table at CUT Above from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., unlimited beer, wine, and festive cocktails (all other items available at additional cost), and a family-style menu including dishes like Wades Mill jalapeno cornbread, smoked trout dip, heirloom tomato & burrata, slow cooked BBQ beef ribs, and much more. $295 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). 1050 31st Street NW; 202.617.2400;

Dawson’s Store Warming Party
Join Dawson’s on July 4th in the DuPont Circle store for food, fun, and sun. Enjoy $2 beef sliders, hot dogs, pork sliders, and portabella sliders. Plus $4 local draft beer and wine by the glass. 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. 2001 S Street NW;

dLeña Bottomless Brunch For The Fourth Of July
Enjoy an innovative take on modern Mexican dishes and drinks during brunch at dLeña. You can choose between ordering bottomless food and drink ($45) or bottomless food ($30) and drinks a la carte. Some standouts include enfrijoladas, cazuela, shrimp enchiladas and more. Enjoy this brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 476 K Street NW;

Virtual Doughnut & Beer Pairing
Join District Doughnut for handcrafted doughnuts, locally brewed beer, and a fantastic conversation on Wednesday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. District Doughnut is teaming up with Astrolab Brewing for another virtual doughnut and beer pairing. The lineup includes Key Lime Pie + Crowded Haus New Zealand Style Pilsner, Nutella S'more + Midnight Sun Summer Stout, Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee + Fresh As IPA, and Pina Colada + Carribean Punch Cocktail Sour. Each ticket nets you four doughnuts, four beers, and access to the Zoom pairing. You'll join Executive Pastry Chef Christine Schaefer, Brewer/Co-Owner Matt Cronin, and Brewer Matt Headland for a chat on all things doughnuts and beer. $30 per person. Pickup between 12:00 an 4:00 p.m. on June 30th.

Fourth Of July Brunch At Fight Club
Fight Club will be helping you gear up for Fourth of July as well as recover from the festivities post-holiday by serving brunch. Fight Club’s brunch menu, known as BS Brunch Club, is a mashup of Fight Club’s lineup of weekend sandwiches and fan favorites from the Beuchert’s Saloon days. Offerings include the brisket biscuit the devilish chivito, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. Mimosas will be available à la carte for $10 and bottomless for $18. Bloody Marys will also be available for $12. The brunch menu will be available on July 4th and July 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE;

Celebrate The Fourth Of July Like POTUS With Las Gemelas’ “Biden Bundle”
The Las Gemelas team is still not over President Biden’s visit and in fact, they are keeping the POTUS party going. Enjoy an unofficial “Biden Bundle” if you want to emulate the President’s visit. The secret menu item includes the Taco al Pastor, Taco de Barbacoa, Quesadilla con Chorizo, and more. This bundle is $46 and will be available on July 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1280 4th Street NE;

Foxtrot July 4th Goodies
On July 3rd and 4th, Foxtrot will be selling limited time patriotic Affogatos ($8), which include two shots of espresso, Foxtrot's new privately labeled chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream and garnished with red and blue pop rocks, and a flag. In addition to spirited drinks, Foxtrot has a variety of picnic bundles and snacks, perfect for firework watching on the Mall or wherever you choose to celebrate this year. Affogatos and firework snacking essentials are available at both of Foxtrot's DC locations, Georgetown and Mount Vernon Triangle. Picnic bundles range from $25 to $35. Georgetown: 1267 Wisconsin Avenue & Mount Vernon Triangle: 650 Massachusetts Avenue;

Glover Park Grill Crab Fest Celebration 
Celebrate America's birthday with a Crab Fest at Glover Park Grill’s outdoor terrace. Feast on fresh Maryland steamed crabs, coleslaw, corn, potato salad, and more. Spend the holiday enjoying crabs, delicious sides, refreshing cocktails, buckets of beer, and live music. Bring your friends, family a fun date or a group party. 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. on July 4th. $50 per person. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 

Good Eats Fourth of July Feast
The Good Eats Emporium virtual kitchen (with pickup at Ozzie’s Good Eats in Fairfax Station) is sharing a full-on feast for the whole family this Fourth of July holiday. The classic BBQ family meal ($40) featuring one pound of pulled pork or pulled chicken (with the option to combine half and half), four burger buns, one pint of charro beans, one pint of coleslaw, eight Ozzie's rolls, and honey butter. Mix and match from the full menu and opt to add-on individual portions of the pulled pork, pulled chicken, charro beans, and coleslaw. Or, mix-and-match with the BBQ meal and beef rib combo ($70) featuring two racks of beef back ribs, one pound of pulled chicken, one pound of pulled pork, Memphis BBQ sauce, one pint of charro beans, one pint of coleslaw, eight Ozzie's rolls, and honey butter. Pickup at Ozzie’s Good Eats in Fairfax Station. 11880 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax VA;

Independence Day At Gravitas
Celebrate Independence Day weekend with an interactive cooking class lunch. Watch as chef Matt Baker demonstrates the techniques and details that go into crafting unique dishes, all while enjoying the items yourself with wine pairings. This class is $80 per person and will be on July 3rd starting at 12:00 p.m. 1401 Okie Street NE;

Welcome To America Pancakes from Immigrant Food
This Independence Day, Immigrant Food is offering "Welcome to America Pancakes" as an immigrant's take on America's quintessential dish. Dressed in the colors of the American flag, the pancakes will come with red pineapple dressing, white house-made foam (pun-intended), and blueberries. What's more American than enjoying brunch a block away from the White House? You can also opt for the "Welcome to America Special" which comes with the pancake special and a glass of their signature orange mimosa ($25). 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW;

Juniper’s Red, White and BBQ Brunch
Before heading off to the National Mall, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is offering a pre-fireworks all American BBQ brunch on Sunday, July 4th in Juniper Restaurant and courtyard with an all-you-can-eat grill station. Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo and his team, Chefs Mitch Eldridge and Jason Rowley, are firing up all-you-can-eat American burgers, lime jalapeno smoked baby ribs, and smoked sausage rope. Toppings include sauerkraut, a variety of BBQ sauces, hot and mild mustard, and BBQ smoked bourbon sauce. Side dishes like baked potato salad, baked southern beans, corn on the cob, mixed harvest salad, and southern coleslaw add to the all-American menu. Save room for Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat’s dessert trio of blueberry crumble pie, caramel fudge brownie, and red velvet cupcake. Juniper’s Red, White and BBQ Brunch is $43 per person, $21 for children 12 and under, including a soft drink or fruit juice. Tax and gratuity is not included. Served 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 2401 M Street NW;

La Vie Rooftop Fourth
This 4th of July, the team at La Vie will offer a unique table service for parties on its rooftop terrace. Dine and drink while enjoying expansive views of the Potomac River while the festive fireworks of Independence Day add to the excitement. All tables are reserved for the entire evening, range between $500 - $1,000 in price, and, depending on the selection, include a premium bottle of champagne and/or a premium bottle of liquor.  An à-la carte menu will also be available for table service and for restaurant diners. You can also purchase general tickets at $59 per person and enjoy La Vie’s cocktail menu. July 4th. 88 District Square SW;

Fourth With Lebanese Taverna
Independence Day grill kits will be available for pickup July 3rd at all Lebanese Taverna restaurant locations and the market. The kits feed four to six people for $79 and includes six uncooked chicken kabobs, four uncooked kafta kabobs, two pounds of Lebanese potato salad, two pounds of watermelon & feta salad, one pound of hommus, and pita bread. Add four uncooked lamb kabobs for an additional $32.

Fourth Of July At The Lot
What's better than an Independence Day Beach Party? Head to The Lot for sand, tropical drinks, and yardgames, plus beer bucket specials, freedom shots, and food truck specials including Rebel Taco's classic hits plus BBQ Rib Tacos and the Burguesa Taco. July 4th 3217 10th Street N, Arlington VA;

Fourth Of July At MITA
The popular Latin plant-forward pop-up in La Cosecha will be offering their reinterpretation of American classics like: hot dogs, hamburgers, and plant-based donuts to celebrate Independence Day. 1280 4th Street NE;

An American Celebration at George Washington's Mount Vernon
Salute the first commander in chief during Mount Vernon's annual Independence Day event, and celebrate our nation's independence at the home of the father of our country. During this patriotic event you will meet George Washington, watch made-for-daytime fireworks, observe a moving ceremony in which candidates from across the world become U.S. citizens, listen to 18th-century music in the upper garden, watch and learn about flying hot air balloons in the 18th century, and watch a musical performance by the National Concert Band. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 4th from Neighborhood Provisions
This year’s July 4th celebrations look a lot different than last year’s – cheers to that. Get Red Apron meats, BBQ feasts, shrimp boil packs, s’mores fixings, party buckets, and lots more delivered to your door via @nrgprovisions. Preorder it all now, their Fourth menu is ready for delivery or pickup on Friday, July 2nd or Saturday, July 3rd. And don’t miss out on their even BIGGER Fourth of July Party Bucket, which includes a full case of Bluejacket beer, four bottles of summer wine, two seasonal large format cocktails, and two party buckets to house your booze.

Celebrate The 4th Of July At Officina At The Wharf
Officina is toasting to America’s birthday with rosé and Champagne. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli and the Officina culinary team have curated a four-course menu worthy of the occasion, and their sommeliers will pair this celebratory meal with Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose and Dom Perignon. You can choose from two experiences: dine with a view of their Terrazza and enjoy the four-course tasting menu for $135 per person; or you can watch the fireworks from their firepits. Enjoy your four-course meal, for $250 per person, in the third-floor dining room before moving into the Terrazza firepits to watch the fireworks display. 1120 Maine Avenue SW;

Opaline’s Patriotic Fare & Parisian Flair
Opaline Bar & Brasserie is celebrating America’s birthday on Sunday, July 4th with patriotic fare and touches of Parisian flair. All patriots will enjoy stopping by Opaline before, during, or after the nation’s fireworks display on the National Mall. Executive Chef Jonathan De Paz and his team are serving the perfect July 4th menu featuring starters, entrées, sides, and desserts. Menu items include the Opaline burger ($24), pulled pork sandwich ($23), all-beef hot dog ($18), fried chicken breast ($27), mushroom casserole ($23), BBQ grilled chicken sandwich ($24), and more. Crème brûlée, berries with Chantilly and brownies top off Opaline’s patriotic fare with Parisian flair. Aluminum bottles of Miller Lite are themed for the holiday with an American flag motif at $6 each or a bucket of six bottles for $28. The menu is available inside, on the patio, and to-go. Served 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. 806 15th Street NW;

Rose’s at Home 4th of July Cookout Kit
Make the 4th a little easier with the Rose’s at Home 4th of July cookout kit. This package Includes two weekend cookout kits, perfect for your 4th of July getaway or stay-cation. Enjoy the Build-A-Burger Kit, which includes four custom blend ready-to-grill burger patties, sesame buns, smoked onion aioli, and fresno pepper jelly & cheese. Next up is the Lobster Roll Kit, which Includes lobster meat for four rolls, buns, brown butter & garlic aioli. Prepaid delivery, $135.

Salamander's Stars & Stripes in the Virginia Countryside
Retreat to Middleburg, Virginia's picturesque countryside for a legendary Independence Day. With creative food and beverage offerings including an adults-only reception and a family-friendly barbeque, watch the fifteen-minute firework display and enjoy endless patriotic fun in between at Salamander Resort & Spa. Listen to live music, get your face painted and test your skills at a pirate-themed Escape Room while enjoying traditional barbequed favorites at the family BBQ. Resort guests can enjoy special events over July Fourth weekend like a patriotic-themed Camp Salamander, tie dye t-shirts, a water party, and more. 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg VA; 

Sticky Fingers Bakery S’morskie
Perfect for Independence Day celebrations, Sticky Fingers' newest item, the S'morskie is a nine-inch vegan chocolate chip cookie cake and comes with a bag of marshmallows for roasting and dark chocolate for drizzling ($45). Serving sixteen, this is the perfect treat for all summer gatherings. Available for pick-up or nationwide shipping. 1370 Park Road NW; 

Celebrate the 4th at Summit
Celebrate the 4th of July at Summit the Rooftop at Conrad Hotel. To stay on the rooftop for the fireworks, book your reservation after 7:00 p.m. Summit will be featuring an America's Backyard BBQ special with house-made pork BBQ and brisket sandwiches and a selection of six American craft beers. 950 New York Avenue NW; 

Picnic Under The Bells
This Fourth of July, let freedom ring at the annual concert on bells from the tranquil Taft Memorial and Carillon – just steps from Union Station and the Mall. By resolution of Congress, the Carillonneur of the Capitol plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other patriotic favorites from the eleven-story tower at 2:00 p.m. every Independence Day. Bring your own blanket and refreshments, invite your friends and family, and enjoy the cascading notes of bells from the shaded memorial knoll. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th. Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon, New Jersey Avenue and Constitution Avenue NW.

Tiki TNT July 4th Viewing Party 
It's always popping at Tiki TNT with its perfect rooftop views of DC’s Wharf, the Potomac, and the National Fireworks Show. It’s the place for a buzzy, laid-back day-into-night drinking hangout with a Fourth of July viewing party starting at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th. Each tiki ticket for bar seating ($50 per person) includes a seat at the bar with a view of the fireworks, a welcome cocktail, choice of BBQ plate dinner - cheeseburger, Tiki dog, or Kalua pork plate. Tickets are available to purchase on Resy (cannot guarantee if bar seating will be inside or outside). Bar seating will be on the roof or downstairs deck. 1130 Maine Avenue SW;

Fourth at The Watergate Hotel
The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at the Watergate Hotel boast commanding 360-degree views of the Washington Monument, Potomac River, Key and Arlington bridges, Kennedy Center, and the DC skyline. The perfect place to celebrate July 4th and enjoy DC’s fireworks show, while taking in the spectacular views of the nation’s capital. A July 4th party ticket includes entrance to Top of the Gate rooftop, premium VIP or general lounge seating, signature gourmet bites, open bar with mixed drinks, wine, and beer, and DC fireworks at 9:00 p.m. General seating tickets begin at $295 per person. 2650 Virginia Avenue NW; 
4th at The Wharf
Celebrate the Fourth of July at The Wharf with a VIP fireworks viewing experience presented by Smirnoff Red White and Berry. Benefiting USO-Metro. The evening includes access to the Dockmaster Building at the tip of District Pier, two drink tickets (plus cash bar) featuring Smirnoff Red White and Berry hard seltzer, the new Smirnoff pink lemonade vodka, and more. Light fare including gourmet sliders, mini hot dogs, sides, and desserts, fantastic views of the National Park Service fireworks launched from the National Mall, and a DJ spinning all your favorite party tunes. Capacity is limited. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Event is rain or shine, no refunds. Per CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask indoors or out, all others must. $40 per person. 101 District Square SW, 760 Maine Avenue SW;

Whisked Party Pies
Whisked, the acclaimed Washington, D.C. based bakery serving premium quality baked goods, will be offering 20 percent off on all items from June 21st to July 4th using the code FOURTHOFPIE. The order deadline for pies to arrive by July 4th is June 27th at 12:00 a.m. midnight. 202.999.8509; 

Fourth Of July Spin On The Classic Hot Dog From Your Only Friend
Your Only Friend is taking a stance in the great “is a hot dog a sandwich?" debate, declaring it is not a sandwich, but adding its take on the classic 4th of July food to the sandwich-shop-turned-ghost-kitchen's menu. Your Only Friend's Maine-Style Hot Dog ($4) will be featured from July 2nd through July 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 124 Blagden Alley NW;