Here’s the best place to watch the 4th of July fireworks in DC

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to Washington, DC for July 4 celebrations on Monday, marking America’s 245th birthday.

The annual fireworks display at the National Mall will include fully in-person celebrations for the first time since 2019, with the show set to begin at 9:09 p.m.

The Metro warned of a wait time of up to an hour for trains and suggested people delay their return journey or choose another stop to Smithsonian Central Station.

Whether you embrace the crowds or not, here are the best places and ways to watch the fireworks in DC on Monday nights (that aren’t the National Mall).

Head to a rooftop

Several rooftop bars and restaurants will welcome fireworks watchers throughout Monday’s festivities.

According to Washington.org, the Vue Rooftop Lounge, Terrance at the Washington Hotel, Summit Rooftop at the Conrad Hotel, and Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel are prime vantage points.

Supreme Court Square

Recently the scene of protests over the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court is a prime spot to enjoy the National Mall fireworks display.

Outside the court building is a 252-foot-wide oval plaza that offers plenty of space for those looking for an alternative to the National Mall itself.

Cardozo high

Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle and high school, is an underrated spot for 4th of July fireworks viewing.

The school, founded in 1928, is located in the northwest region of the city and a few blocks from the popular U Street neighborhood and neighborhood.

InsideHook.com noted that this may be the most affordable bet to see the festivities as well, since you can drive there and bring your own refreshments.

The platform

The wharf is a favorite spot for many spectators, with an accessible rooftop at locations such as the International and Canopy Hotels, as well as green spaces and public piers nearby.

The area, located in the southwest part of the city, also offers excellent dining and entertainment venues for Monday’s celebrations, Washington.org reported.

To go on a cruise

Several cruise lines are offering their services for the Monday festivities, but if you’re just feeling inspired to book a seat, it might be too late.

Embark DC Boat Tours and City Cruises are sold out for their fireworks cruises, while Monumental Boat Tours still have spots for day cruises, but their last boat returns at 8 p.m.

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