What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than in its capital city? Washingtonians know that this popular holiday is much more than just barbecues and fireworks; some of D.C.’s best hotels open up their doors (and rooftops) for fun festivities. Here are five of our favorites:
Overnight Stay and Champagne at The Hay-Adams
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is a historic gem in the heart of downtown D.C. The property famously overlooks both the White House and St. John’s Episcopal Church, where many presidents have attended services. Stay overnight and enjoy a three-course dinner for two with wine and an open bar. Then, take the elevator to Top of the Hay, the property’s beloved ninth-floor venue featuring a wraparound terrace and massive windows that offer panoramic views of the city. Watch the Capitol Fourth fireworks with champagne and desserts, a luxurious end to the evening.
Block Party at Willard InterContinental
This Four-Star treasure has long been one of D.C.’s most revered hotels — it’s rumored that the term “lobbying” was coined in its hallowed halls. Over July 4 weekend, the city turns out to mark the occasion at the Willard’s annual Fourth of July block party. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Café du Parc will dish up American barbecue favorites (plus offer a crepe station) and roll out a live rock band that will provide takes on classic American tunes. A variety of packages can enhance your stay; we’d select the Extraordinary Day promotion, which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol with the head of the Capitol Historical Society, a special VIP tour of the Newseum and a five-course tasting menu at acclaimed local dining institution Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier.
Patriotic Picnic at The Jefferson, Washington D.C.
There’s no more symbolic place to watch the fireworks on July 4 than from the lawn of the National Mall. Stay at this patriotically named Four-Star treasure and enjoy a “Mobile Meal” as a part of your stay. The hotel’s gourmet-on-the-go picnic spread is packed with a chef’s choice sandwich, chips, pasta salad, fruit cup, water and a sugar cookie to take down for your fireworks viewing pleasure. Military members also get a special discount this weekend as well as an American flag.
Made in the USA at Park Hyatt Washington
This Independence Day, champion American-made items with a stay at Park Hyatt Washington’s unique Made in the USA suite. Reserve the unit between July 3 and 7 to get extra amenities, including Blue Duck Tavern’s signature apple pie (a favorite of President Obama and the first lady) and two complimentary Washington Apple cocktails at Blue Duck Lounge. Celebrating The Phillips Collection’s “Made in the USA” art exhibit, the suite also houses five giclée reproductions of the museum’s American masterworks as well as a wide variety of made-in-the-USA accessories and furniture from the exhibition’s catalog.
Room with a View at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown
Capella D.C.’s rooftop is arguably the best place in the city to take in the fireworks, perfectly positioned over the Potomac River and providing panoramic vistas of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Book an overnight stay on the holiday and enjoy VIP access to the hotel’s private rooftop lounge, a romantic spot where you’ll find the city’s only rooftop infinity pool. Nosh on a barbecue feast, and sip on mocktails, cocktails and champagne while a live band sets the celebratory mood. Top off the weekend with breakfast at The Grill Room the next morning.
Photos Courtesy of The Hay-Adams and InterContinental Hotels