Fourth of July Weekend Round Up: July 1 – July 5
By July 1, 2021 0 1675•
Happy Fourth of July! There’s an explosion of events this weekend, from fireworks to the Budweiser Clydesdales coming to town and lots more. Don’t forget, Metro will run from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on July 4. Also, the DC Circulator bus system has started its late-night services again. The Georgetown-Rosslyn and Georgetown-Union Station lines run until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights and midnight Sunday nights. Monday, July 5 is an Independence Day federal holiday too, so enjoy the three-day weekend!
Brunch at Brasserie Liberté
If you’re staying in town this weekend, brunch is in order. Brasserie Liberté is offering “Red, White and Blue Mimosa Kits” with a bottle of sparkling wine and USA-themed juices for $35. Their signature brunch dishes are a delicious boeuf bourguignon skillet and lox benedict. They’re open Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 4 with brunch available from 9:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Bon appetit!
See the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales with “Let’s Grab a Beer” and Maybe Go to a Nats Game
The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales will be in D.C., sweating out the long weekend with the rest of us! As part of their Independence Day celebration in the city, the iconic Clydesdale show horses – first introduced to Americans to celebrate the end of Prohibition and now a staple holiday ad feature — are going to be at Nationals Park Saturday July 3. They’ll tour the Navy Yard neighborhood before finishing at Center Field Plaza. Along the route, the horses will be visiting bar entrances and people will have a chance for a free beer. Participating bars include the Brixton, 801 Restaurant and Bar, Bullfeathers on the Hill and others. If you miss the Clydesdales on Saturday, no worries — they’ll be part of a pregame ceremony at Nats Park on July 4. Check here for the Nats’ schedule.
Find Your Neighborhood Fireworks
NBC Washington has a great resource for finding fireworks in your neck of the woods. They cover the big ones in D.C. of course, but you can find celebrations in Annapolis, Hagerstown, Ocean City, Colonial Williamsburg, Herndon and more. Check out their local fireworks listings for VA and MD here.
Celebrate America’s Birthday at the National Archives
The National Archives has an extensive July 4 program. If you’d rather stay home, you can check out virtual events like welcome remarks from Archivist of the U.S. David S. Ferriero, a discussion with “Thomas Jefferson himself” and educational activities with National Archives staff. In-person activities include music and family fun outside the National Archives on Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Streets NW and from 9 a.m. -4 p.m., historical reenactors will be out and about to greet passersby. Kids can do some crafts and there’ll be balloons and chalk artists too. More on the celebrations can be found here.
Spend the Fourth at the Wharf
The Wharf is offering a “VIP Fireworks Viewing Experience” which includes access to the Dockmaster Building, two drink tickets in addition to access to a cash bar, snacks and a view of the National Park Service fireworks. The experience is presented by Smirnoff Red White and Berry. Tickets are $40 and the fun starts at 7 p.m. You can register for the event here.
See Mayor Muriel Bowser (or Even Walk with Her!) at a 4th of July Parade
If you live in Barracks Row or the Palisades, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will be at your July 4 parade. Barracks Row’s parade begins at 10 a.m. and the Palisades’ is at 12 noon. If you want to actually walk with Mayor Bowser, you can register to do so here for the Barracks Row parade. Happy marching!
Sit in the AC and Watch “A Capitol Fourth”
If you’d rather avoid crowds and heat, PBS is airing “A Capitol Fourth,” its annual concert in honor of Independence Day. Concert performers include Jimmy Buffet, the National Symphony Orchestra, Pentatonix, Train and more.