Two days in Washington for July 4th
I'm finding suggestions for a solo business traveller having two freer days in Washington during next July 4th. Restaurants,hotel,things to see and do and best place to see fireworks.
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More information would be helpful. What part of town would he like to stay / eat in? Does he have budgetary restrictions? Will he have a car? What kind of food does he like?
If he would like to see the fireworks from the Mall, where most people go to see them, it would be wonderful to be staying in a hotel in Penn Quarter (or maybe L'Enfant Plaza as an alternative) - that way, he can walk to his hotel after the fireworks. Waiting to get on the Metro afterwards is torture, and takes forever.
While not a food-focused event, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held on the Mall during this time period. Several different subjects are explored, crafts, dance and music demonstrated and food is available. Every once in a while, one of the vendors provides a pretty good snack. Check this board after the first weekend for advice on the food.
Here is a link -- at my very quick glance, I can't tell if they've announced the themes for this summer. I always enjoy myself -- some years are more interesting than others. http://www.festival.si.edu/
fireworks? contact every lawyer or politician you have ever known and wangle an invite to a roof party downtown, good eats and drinks and a great view, otherwise room service and a bottle of wine watching it on simulcast. the Mall is a madhouse and adjacent restaurants/bars are mobbed. Metro on a night like that is a ring of Dante's Hell that has yet to be determined. although I suppose carryout from somewhere in Adams-Morgan and a perch in Meridian Hill Park would be very nice (just don't wander into the trees after dark unless...).
to clarify - the Mall itself on that day has a no outside food or drink policy and one has to show up HOURS before the event. sounds like misery to me. never even tried. some years I just went to a nearby park (Marion) with a cocktail and watched the ones that shot over the trees. my food. my drink. my neighbors. no stress.
If you rent a room at the Willard Intercontinental or W in downton DC, they should have rooms with a fireworks view. And decent room service. Perhaps request that when booking?
That would also put you close to the museums for sightseeing and near some great restaurants such as Rasika and Proof. Restaurants with views will be pretty busy, at the W POV lounge has a great view, so does Charlie Palmer. Other good restaurants are Corduroy, Little Serow, Mintwood Place, Vidalia, City Zen, the list goes on depending on what you want to eat.