Lounging on a bed of beautifully manicured grass, family and friend’s enjoy celebratory beverages under a sky lit by the patriotic explosions of fireworks. Unfortunately, your view is through a television screen and you’re lying on the couch. Don’t be that person this year! Free yourself of this boring fate on 2017’s Independence Day weekend with one of these five festivities!
What: Boating on the Potomac with Boating in DC
Where: Key Bridge Boathouse, National Harbor, Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington Sailing Marina
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th
Key Bridge Boathouse: Friday, Monday, & Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The “4th of July Fireworks Paddle” has limited boats left. Reserve now!
National Harbor: Friday, Monday, & Tuesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thompson’s Boat Center: Friday–Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Washington Sailing Marina: Monday & Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring your friends and family out to sail, kayak, paddle board, or even bike your way around some of the most legendary locations in the country.
What: Burgers, beers and shakes with DC skyline views at Triple Craft
Where: Triple Craft, 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Triple Craft has an “over-the-top” menu of burgers, beer, and milkshakes that will have you drooling. The only thing that is more impressive than a Triple Craft meal is the unforgettable view provided by the Potomac River and the Washington D.C. skyline. This year’s 4th of July event includes delicious beers from the Honor Brewing Company, live music, and a special one-time-only menu!
Directions to Triple Craft
What: Jazz in the Garden
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion Café, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC
When: Friday, June 30th 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Treat yourself to a refreshing signature sangria from the Pavilion Café, and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the Jazz show! After all, just like Victor Provost who will be performing that week’s show, Jazz was born in America. The Pavilion Café menu includes a variety of drinks, toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, pizzas cooked to perfection, and a number of other menu items like an assortment of wonderful pastries!
Directions to Pavilion Cafe
What: Indulge at the Island Time Bar & Grill
Where: Columbia Island Marina, George Washington Pkwy, Arlington, VA
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Island Time Bar & Grill menu offers an affordable variety of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, and a refreshing array of beer and drink options. Spoil yourself this Independence Day with the sights and sounds of the Pentagon Lagoon while washing your exquisite meal down with a cool beverage!
Directions to Island Time Bar & Grill
What: A “Monumental” Swan Boat Ride
Where: Tidal Basin, 1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC
When: Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Under the gaze of Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson, the glimmering Tidal Basin is waiting for you to join the Tidal Basin Pedal Boat crew in floating around some of the most iconic monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.
Directions to the Tidal Basin