Watch July Fourth fireworks for free at CEB Tower (if you can snag a ticket)

WASHINGTON — What might be the new, best place to watch Washington’s Independence Day fireworks display is opening up to the public for free — but it will be a hard-to-get ticket.

CEB Tower’s 31st-floor observation deck opened to the public June 21 and admission to the observation deck and its interactive displays is usually $21 for tickets purchased online.

For the free fireworks viewing, sponsored by Arlington County, only 200 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with online ticketing opening at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29.

Tickets will be limited to two per person.

Backpacks and purses will be allowed, but all bags will be subject to search. No chairs or coolers will be permitted.

No outside food or drink will be permitted either, although those who have tickets to the view can buy snacks, local beer or wine at the observation deck’s cafe.

Ticketed registration for the free observation deck access will be online starting at 10 a.m. June 29 at Eventbrite’s website.


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