The booming snap, crackle, pop of fireworks lights up the DC sky every July 4. While there are plenty of places to watch the sparkling display from the ground, why not level up your viewing experience this year and get closer to the action? These rooftop bars in Arlington and DC will serve up premium celebrations with top-notch views of the fireworks on the National Mall.
Settled high on top of Hotel Washington, VUE Rooftop’s chic ambiance and panoramic views make for an ideal celebration spot. General admission to the “Red, White, and VUE” event grants access to the stellar views, while the VIP package includes an American buffet dinner and an open bar. DJ Snow and Dr. Fu cover band will be providing live music for all guests throughout the night. VUE Rooftop’s signature cocktails include The Bi-Partisan Blend (an espresso martini featuring horchata and chicory pecan bitters) and fruit-forward scotch concoction, The Blushed Lush. 515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC, $75 general admission, $200 VIP
Perched on top of Crystal City’s DoubleTree Hotel, Skydome comes with a twist, literally: It’s the area’s only revolving rooftop lounge. Coupled with stunning 15th floor views, Skydome is perfect for watching the fireworks from every angle. Tickets include an all-American buffet and two free drinks (beer or wine) throughout the night. 300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, $175 general admission
Celebrate the Fourth at the Wharf with Officina’s breathtaking terrace views. The Italian restaurant, bar, and market will be hosting an all-you-can-eat Italian barbeque buffet in the Trattoria at the beginning of the night. Afterward, guests are invited to move upstairs to the Rome-inspired Terraza for a fireworks viewing party. Firepit or couch seating for the viewing party is available for an extra cost that will go toward bottle service or drinks for your party. 1120 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC, $125 general admission, additional $200 to reserve a couch or $500 for firepit seating upgrade
The storied Watergate Hotel’s glitzy Top of the Gate is the optimal spot for an upscale celebration. A 360-degree immersion in the DC skyline means clear views of the main event of the night. General admission comes with an open bar with wine, beer, and spirits. VIP tickets also include food, reserved seating, a champagne toast, and a premium open bar. 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC, $195 general admission, $395 VIP, $595 VIP Premium
Soak up the impressive sights from the 12th floor terrace at La Vie Penthouse’s “Diamonds in the Sky” soiree. A live DJ will make it a party, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. La Vie’s signature cocktails include the refreshing Watermelon Wishes and the Mediterranean Old Fashioned, complete with orange and chocolate bitters and vanilla saffron cordial. 88 District Square SW, Washington, DC, $49 general admission
Feature image by Deb Lindsey, courtesy Skydome Restaurant
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