The sparks will be flying later this week — and a lucky few will get a chance to watch Independence Day fireworks from a prime perch in the Washington area.
Here is a list of exclusive parties and events that promise some of the best views in town:
3 2215 Constitution Ave. NW. The Potomac View Terrace atop the American Pharmacists Association’s headquarters offers sweeping views of the National Mall. But don’t hold your breath. The space has already been reserved for an invitation-only party being hosted by Destination D.C. and the American Experience Foundation.
3 Capella Hotel. The swanky Georgetown hotel’s rooftop is generally reserved for overnight guests, and July 4th is no exception. Those willing to shell out for a room — which, as of last week, was going for $2,090 on the Capella Web site — will have access to live music, barbecue and the rooftop infinity pool while watching fireworks.
3 Columbia Country Club. Independence Day celebrations come early at this private, member-owned Chevy Chase club, which will host its annual fireworks show July 1. The event is limited to the club’s 1,600 members and their guests, but locals can head to nearby Lynbrook Park to catch a piece of the action.
3 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Perhaps the best seat in town, the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace offers a bird’s eye view of Washington’s Fourth of July festivities. Sponsor-level members and higher are invited to purchase tickets to the celebration, which includes dinner and a live broadcast of the National Symphony Orchestra’s performance on the Capitol steps.
3Tower Club, Tysons Corner. The 17th floor of this private club offers panoramic views of every fireworks display in the area, including those in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District. The club’s 1,200 members get first dibs for the event, which is capped at 250 attendees and includes dinner.
— Abha Bhattarai