All the Oohs & Aahs


This July 4th is in the middle of the week — on a Thursday — which we love ‘cause that means it could be a four-day weekend before the holiday or after.  There are people to see, massive picnic spreads to layout, Frose to toast with, and of course, fireworks to watch IRL. You are going to need plans too and no surprise, the team at has you all holiday-weekend long. We are ready for all the oohs and ahhs and now so are you:

*NEW* Barrel Oak Winery & Brewery: Kick off the holiday weekend with a classic backyard BBQ featuring grilled burgers, hotdogs, sides, and all the fixings. Indulge in delicious ice cream and pies while enjoying family-friendly activities and a patriotic-themed photo booth. Cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display at Great Meadows; 540.364.6402. 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Brasserie Libertè: Book your July 4th brunch at Brasserie Liberté, featuring signature dishes such as French Toast, Avocado Toast, and Eggs Benedict. Guests can pair their favorite dish with the Mimosa Kit, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices for $39.95. The restaurant is open on July 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. for brunch and from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. for dinner; 202.878.8404. 3251 Prospect Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* Cranes: Indulge in a fusion of Spanish and Japanese flavors with Cranes' special sides like Ensaladilla, Baked Beans Japonaise, Baby Corn on the Cob with Anchovy Butter, and Deviled Tamago. From the grill, savor Pork Ribs with Gochujang and Sesame, Rabbit Shoulders with Rosit & Yuzu Kosho Glaze, Chistorra Hot Dog with Mojo Verde, Shenandoah Lamb Chops with All-i-Oli, and our Smashed Burger with Smoked Scamorza. Don't miss the ultimate blow: Crawfish and Soft Shell Crab Paella, Shrimp Pincho Moruno, and the Scallop Burger with Seaweeds and Ikura; 202.525.4900. 724 9th Street NW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Cork Wine Bar & Market: Make celebrating July 4th easier with Cork Wine Bar & Market's Fried Chicken Bucket. The bucket costs $75 and includes: 6 pieces of fried chicken, beet salad, house-made biscuits, and dark chocolate chip cookies and apple crumble; 202.265.2675. 1805 14th Street NW. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Madhatter: Madhatter will be hosting a Fourth of July party that is ABBA with everything in between theme from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $14 Bottomless Mimosas, $30 Hatter Punches, $5 Red, White and Blue Jello shots; 202.833.1495. 1319 Connecticut Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Atlas Brew Works' Navy Yard Brewery & Tap Room: Atlas Brew Works' Navy Yard Brewery & Tap Room will open early at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 4th, for guests to imbibe before the Washington Nationals game at 11:05 a.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. with award-winning beer and pizza; 202.525.2001. 1201 Half Street SE #120. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Balos: Celebrate July 4th at MICHELIN-Guide restaurant Balos in Dupont Circle. Enjoy the freshest Mediterranean cuisine right here in DC, specialty cocktails, a live DJ, and their infamous napkin toss; 202.990.1414. 1900 N Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Calico: Calico is hosting a 4th of July Neighborhood Cookout on July 4th, from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy hot dogs, burgers, icy treats, and all-day happy hour specials on adult juice boxes, wine, and beer. Cool off with Rocket pops, Chipwiches, and frozen Piña Coladas. Happy hour includes $2 off draft beer, wines by the glass, and Adult Juice Boxes like the Blagden Rose and Lavender Lemonade; 202.791.0134. 50 Blagden Alley NW. For more information, click here

Capital Jewish Museum: Celebrate Independence Day at the Capital Jewish Museum's Summer Party Family Day on July 4th. This family-friendly event, ideal for children ages 3-10, offers extended hours and free admission. Enjoy specialty crafts, music, food, and fun while learning about Jewish Revolutionary War history from the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Activities include decorating mezuzah cases with MyZuzah, engaging in holiday-themed crafts, and playing classic outdoor games on the newly opened rooftop terrace. Before departing, build a goodie bag with an activity book, glow sticks, and more for the fireworks. Catalyst Hot Dogs will be on-site for refreshments. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 202.789.0900. 575 3rd Street NW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* CityCenter DC: The beloved bubble show from BubbleWorks has a whimsical realm of bubbles and vibrant music at the top of every hour Sunday -Thursday from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m., perfect for a 4th of July afternoon; 202.289.9000. 825 10th Street NW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* The Crossvines: The Crossvines Summer Music Series continues with music on the patio on Fridays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.. On Friday, July 5th come out to enjoy music performer Dana Tofig Music; 301.428.8143. 16601  W Willard Road, Poolesville, MD. For more information, click here.

The Dabney: For the first time, chef Jeremiah Langhorne and his team are offering an exclusive grilling class focused on wood-fired cooking. The immersive class will be held on July 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Participants will learn to shuck oysters and prepare grilled summer vegetables, Wagyu beef, and Autumn Olive Farms pork, along with homemade dressings and marinades. The class includes a welcome cocktail, light snacks, wine, and a special whiskey tasting; 202.240.2660. 122 Blagden Alley NW. For more information, click here.

Del Mar: Start the night off with dinner or enjoy casual tapas at Café Del Mar before the festivities begin. Then, enjoy the spectacular National Park Service fireworks display from The Wharf; 202.588.7272. 791 Wharf Street SW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Dos Toros: Dos Toros is catering 4th of July celebrations. Guests can order catering packages with options like a nacho bar (price varies), bowl bar ($15.49 per person) chips & dips platter ($49.95), taco bar ($14.49 per person) and breakfast burrito box starting at groups of 10 (price varies); 202.688.8005. 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Fairmont DC: Before, during and after the National Mall’s fireworks display, Fairmont DC, Georgetown is offering American specials on the Fourth of July.  The menu, offered in the Lobby Lounge and Courtyard, is available from 1:00 - 11:00 p.m. for all patriots to enjoy. Some highlights from Executive Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Executive Sous Chef Jason Rowley and Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen include Fried Chicken ($26), Half Smoke ($24), and Lemon-Berry Firecracker Cake ($12); 202.429.2400. 2401 M Street NW. For more information, click here.

Good Fortune: Those looking to celebrate the nation’s birthday can do so at the first Red, White, and Views party at Good Fortune, Old Town Alexandria’s newest rooftop bar, this July 4th from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Tickets include a special festive cocktail and a chance to enjoy incredible views of the fireworks while music by DJ Ulises Morello keeps the crowd entertained all night long. Tickets start at $20; 703.823.1121. 6 S Jordan Street, Alexandria, VA To purchase a ticket, click here

The Hay Adams: The Hay Adams is offering a special Fourth of July package that includes luxurious accommodations, special amenities, and prime viewing of the city’s fireworks display. The package includes luxurious accommodations and prime viewing of the city’s spectacular fireworks display amidst a sparkling soirée at the hotel's rooftop venue, Top of the Hay, with breathtaking direct views of the White House; 800 16th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

Hi-Lawn: Hi-Lawn will be hosting its 4th Annual free-to-attend 4th of July rooftop party on Thursday, July 4th. The party includes fantastic views of the cities fireworks, grilled eats, boozy snow cones, water-filled hydration stations, summer cocktails, and lawn games; 1309 5th Street NE. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* ilili: Let Executive Chef Satinder Vij and his team handle the grilling this Fourth of July. Indulge in the Mixed Grill (chicken shish taouk, beef kebabs, kafta, lamb chops, toum, seasonal grilled vegetables) alongside Lebanese mezza. For dessert, indulge in vanilla, dulce leche, or black sesame ice cream or sorbet options including lemon, raspberry, and passion fruit; 202.918.7766. 100 District Square SW. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Immigrant Food: In advance of The Fourth of July, Immigrant Food is launching their “Summer Cocktails: Stars of Summer” cocktail flight at their Planet Word location. For $23, guests can try three of their six new summer cocktails. Highlights include the “Stoni Negroni”, the “Southside Negroni”, and the “Morning Rain”. All of Immigrant Food’s locations will be open on the Fourth of July, but this special flight is only available at their Planet Word location; 202.888.0760. 925 13th Street NW. For more information, click here.

L’Ardente: L’Ardente is offering a glam Italian Fourth of July dining experience - the 3-course dinner includes soft-shell crab tempura with corn, lobster ravioli with Nantua sauce, and halibut with a carrot-ginger emulsion, all paired with world-class wines. After dinner, guests will enjoy a fireworks viewing party at Capitol Crossing’s rooftop conservatory, featuring wines, bubbles, and dessert bites. DJ AS1 will elevate the party atmosphere. Tickets for the dinner, drinks, and viewing party are $275, while tickets for the viewing party alone are $125. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m, and the viewing party begins at 8:30 p.m, ending at 10:30 p.m; 202.448.0450. 200 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, click here.

Le Clou: Join Le Clous at their July 4th event. Enjoy an evening of delicious food (all-you-can-eat American BBQ Buffet), refreshing drinks, and a spectacular view of the city; 202.742.9777. 222 M Street NE. To make a reservation, click here.

Lincoln Restaurant: Lincoln Restaurant' is hosting a July 4th Meetup Party. Located just blocks from the fireworks and festivities in DC, Lincoln offers the perfect setting for a pre-celebration gathering. From 1:30 - 9:00 p.m. Guests can indulge in an array of mouth-watering dishes, enjoy special cocktail offerings, and relax in their beautifully decorated patio. With an all-you-can-eat option and a special kids menu, there's something for everyone. 202.386.9200. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* LINE DC: Those looking for a patriotic celebration and stunning fireworks views around DC can head to the LINE DC in Adams Morgan. On Thursday, July 4th, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m, guests can enjoy beer-poached hot dogs, BBQ short rib sandwiches, housemade popsicles, and fancy cocktails on the top floor rooftop. Stay for the incredible fireworks display while Brandon Woody’s UPENDO performs until 9:00 p.m. The event is free with an RSVP, with preferred seating reserved for hotel guests; 202.588.0525. 1770 Euclid Street NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* Lyle DC: Enjoy a front-row experience to the firework celebration overlooking the National Monument by upgrading to a “Room with a View” at Lyle. Highlights include: Upgrade to front-row seats with a view of the National Mall fireworks celebration, Choice of rosé or six bottled beers, and In Room Popcorn; 202.964.6790. 1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* MayBar: Celebrate the 4th of July with an all day happy hour at Maybar. Enjoy $10 cocktails, $8 glasses of wine, and $5 beers alongside dishes from Chef Chris Morgan. Menu highlights include Fried Calamari ($12), Hummus, ($10) and the MayBar Burger ($14); 8045 Leesburg Pike Suite 120, Vienna, VA. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Moon Rabbit: Pre-order your 4th of July "Grilling Kit" filled with Chef Kevin Tien's delicious marinated Fish Sauce Beef Short Ribs, Lemongrass Chicken Thighs and Spicy Pineapple Pork. Guests can also add on sides like (all $8) Tom Yum Corn Salad Pint Hawaiian Mac Salad, Potato Salad with egg "Olivye" or Char Siu Baked Beans. Finish off your Fourth on a sweet citrusy note with a Blueberry Yuzu Pie from Chef Susan Bae; 202.525.1446. 927 F Street NW. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Moonraker at Pendry DC: Celebrate Independence Day at Moonraker, Pendry DC, The Wharf’s rooftop restaurant and lounge. With stunning views of the capital, riverfront, and monuments, Moonraker will host a ticketed event from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. featuring themed drinks, passed bites, a decadent dessert bar, and live music. Guests can enjoy the iconic fireworks display and star-spangled party favors. Ticket options include a $200 base ticket with standard open bar, $350 with bottomless Veuve Clicquot Brut, or $450 with bottomless Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame; 202.843.1115. 655 Water Street SW. To make a reservation, click here.

*NEW* Occasions Caterers: Cater your 4th of July party with Occasions Caterers. Purchase dishes for deliveries like BBQ salmon and BBQ brisket, warm cacio e Pepe crab dip, heirloom tomato panzanella, and more before Friday, June 28th at 12:00 p.m. EST. Deliveries will be made on Wednesday, July 3rd between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 202.546.7400. 655 Taylor Street NE. To place an order, click here.

 Unconventional Diner: Unconventional Diner is offering a fried chicken picnic that can be pre-ordered and picked up between 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Unconventional Diner’s 4th of July Picnic is the perfect solution for BBQ potlucks or the conundrum of what to eat while watching the fireworks. The picnics cost $60, are intended to feed four. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, July 2nd at 3:00 p.m.; 202.847.0122. 1207 9th Street NW. To place an order, click here.

*NEW* Riggs DC: The Fireworks on The Potomac Hotel Package includes the Riggs Suite, welcome amenities, breakfast for two in Café Riggs, a fireworks cruise, and overnight valet parking. The cruise will include a picnic-style dinner delivered by “launch boat” followed by fireworks; 202.638.1800. 900 F Street NW. To make a reservation, email [email protected].

*NEW* Ruse at The Wildset Hotel: Get out of the city and head to the Eastern Shore for a memorable 4th of July celebration.The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts a Big Band night for the Fourth of July on Saturday, July 6th.  You can pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the show. If you are making a weekend of it, stay at The Wildset Hotel where they will have a 4th of July brunch at Ruse, bikes complimentary for guests, and an outdoor firepit to hang out at making it an ideal 4th of July weekend getaway; 410.745.8004. 209 N Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD. For more information, click here.

Salamander DC: Celebrate Independence Day at Salamander DC on July 4th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m, in the newly transformed Grand Lawn and Garden overlooking the Washington Marina. Enjoy culinary delights, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities including a DJ, Brass Band, and caricature artist. Indulge in local oysters at the raw bar, grilled specialties from the Big Green Egg, and treats at the ice cream bar. Savor signature beverages from Woodford Reserve and Moët & Chandon. After the celebration, guests can take a 5-minute stroll to the National Mall for the annual fireworks show. Pricing is $265 per adult with an open bar, $175 for adults excluding alcohol, and $75 for children ages 4-12; 844.860.2741. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW. For more information, click here.

Skydome: Skydome will offer an elevated all-American buffet dinner featuring seasonal favorites, fresh-off-the-grill must-haves, and more. Admission includes 2 drink tickets for beer, wine, or soft drinks, and a full cash bar will be available. The event is 21+ and guarantees seating in the revolving dining room for premier fireworks viewing; 703.416.3862. 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Spain Wine Bar: Heading down to Ocean City for the Fourth of July weekend? Spain Wine Bar is the ultimate waterfront destination to celebrate the holiday. Snack on fresh Chesapeake oysters, sip on chilled sangria, and catch a glimpse of the fireworks over the ocean from the side of Spain’s patio; 410.520.4541. 13 St Louis Avenue, Ocean City, MD. For more information, click here.

*NEW* Surreal: At Surreal, brunch will be available with Fourth of July favorites like a Bikini Croque Madame, Swirl Pancakes, a Nashville Smoked Brisket sandwich, and of course their popular pizzas and pastas. Plus, Surreal recently added fun lawn games outside of the restaurant like cornhole for the whole family to enjoy; 703.249.9618. 2117 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. For more information, click here.

*NEW* The Vineyards at Dodon: Cap off your Fourth of July weekend with a visit to The Vineyards at Dodon. The Vineyards at Dodon is the perfect stop to relax, have lunch and sip on a chilled flight of summer wines. Also, if you’re spending the weekend in DC, Dodon is less than a 45 minute drive to escape the city traffic for the weekend; 410.798.1126. 391 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, MD. For more information, click here.

*NEW* The Wharf: Fourth at The Wharf will feature live country music from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at their outdoor stages. Grab to-go food from a Wharf restaurant and head to District Pier for games, drinks, and views of the National Park Service firework show starting at 9:00 p.m; 202.688.3590. 760 Maine Avenue SW. For more information, click here.