Top 5 Things to Do in DC over the 4th of July Weekend

The 4th of July is almost here, which means a long weekend is on its way! If you’re like us, you’re looking for a fun way to ring in Independence Day. Not to worry—we’ve got you covered. From boating down the Potomac to an afternoon picnic at Great Falls, DC has everything you need to celebrate America’s 240th birthday. You work hard and deserve to take some much needed time off.

Boating in DCWhat: Boating on the Potomac with Boating in DC
Where: Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina
When: July 1–3
Key Bridge Boathouse: Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
National Harbor: Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thompson’s Boat Center: Friday–Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Washington Sailing Marina: Friday–Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This 4th of July weekend, Uncle Sam wants you to go boating on the Potomac! Paddle your way down the Georgetown Waterfront, past Roosevelt Island and some of the national monuments, or even to the C&O Canal. From kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding, it’s the perfect way to spend time with friends and family and even cool down with a nice river breeze.

tidalbasinWhat: Cruise on Swan Boats and Paddle Boats at Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
Where: Tidal Basin Paddle Boats, 1501 Maine Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024
When: July 1–3 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While you’re in town for the fireworks, pass the time with some paddle boating or swan boating. Hopping onto one of these fun boats is a kid’s (and an adult’s, am I right?) dream-come-true! You’ll enjoy great views of the National Mall and even get in a nice workout. That’s what we call a fun afternoon. When you’re done boating, you can scout out the perfect firework-viewing spot. Learn more:

rock creek tennisWhat: Hit the Tennis Court for a Fun Workout
Where: Rock Creek Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20011
When: July 1–3, Friday – Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Serve up some tennis fun at Rock Creek Tennis Center. We know you’ve been dying to work on your tennis skills, so why not rent a court and treat your friends and family to an out-of-the-ordinary day in DC? We’ve all seen the National Mall, but can everyone say they enjoyed a friendly game of tennis in DC in the shadow of the Washington Monument? Learn more:

greatfallsWhat: Picnic with a View at Great Falls
Where: Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or 11710 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, MD 20854
When: July 1–3 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Picnics are a highly underrated way to spend a beautiful afternoon, and we definitely think you should see what you’re missing. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a picnic on a sunny afternoon and no better way unwind than taking in the stunning views of Great Falls. Although this must-see attraction isn’t in DC, it’s just a short drive from America’s capital. Before you head out for the fireworks, why not enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer? Learn more:

horsecenterWhat: Take a Wild Ride on a… Horse!
Where: Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Road, Washington, DC 20015
When: July 1–3, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whether you’re 2-years-old or 99, who doesn’t love a fun horseback ride? Let your hair down and enjoy a brisk ride deep through the wooded trails of Rock Creek Park. There’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than riding horseback through one of America’s most beautiful trails. Learn More:


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