When the fireworks start, everyone — young to old, Democrat to Republican — will surely stop, stare and be amazed.
The fireworks on the National Mall promises to be bigger than ever, as two of the country’s biggest pyrotechnic companies
donated their products and services for the event.
Below are places in the D.C. area where you can catch a peak of the national celebration.
National Mall area
If you plan to watch the fireworks display at the National Mall, be prepared for crowds, road closures and security checkpoints. Here’s what you need to know.
Fireworks explode over Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol, along the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, during the Fourth of July celebration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
AP/Jose Luis Magana
Though far away from the hubbub of the National Mall, the Washington National Cathedral provides a great vantage point from which to see the fireworks. Washington National Cathedral grounds Thrillist said that this would be an ideal spot for families and light picnicking. With that in mind, glass, alcohol or fireworks are not allowed on the grounds.
Earlier on July 4, the cathedral holds an Independence Day Concert at 11 a.m. Organists will be joined by the Washington Symphonic Brass for a program of patriotic favorites. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The grounds of the Netherlands Carillon offer sweeping views of D.C. (WTOP/Hillary Howard)
Supreme Court Plaza
Take in the view of the fireworks from the Capitol Hill area. Washington.org suggests getting there early to claim a seat for unobstructed views of the fireworks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial)
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is seen in Arlington, Va., Monday July 4, 2011, as fireworks burst over Washington, during the annual Fourth of July display. The Washington Monument and the Capitol can be seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Hang out in Georgetown and then amble to the Kennedy Center in perfect timing with the start of the fireworks. If you’re able to view the fireworks from the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace, you’re in for one of the best views of the fireworks.
The Kennedy Center
Courtesy Sean Shanahan
A popular area for picnicking and relaxing, Hains Point has beautiful views of the Potoma River, the Anacostia River and the Washington Channel. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Hains Point — East Potomac Park
Grab your bike, go for a run, or have a picnic along the many picnic areas on the Mount Vernon Trail; and time your journey to coincide with the fireworks.
The 18-mile trail starts at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia, and winds along the Potomac River for uninterrupted views of the D.C. skyline. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Mount Vernon Trail
Enjoy a day at The Wharf, where there are plenty of activities and where you can take in a water view of the fireworks. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
The Wharf — Southwest Waterfront
AP/J. David Ake
And if you don’t want to deal with the crowds, the heat or the checkpoints and just want to see some small-town Independence Day extravaganza, here are some July 4 events outside of the District:
Anne Arundel County
Prince George’s County
Long Bridge Park —
ARLnow reports that the park will be for viewing the D.C. fireworks, and there are restrictions on what people are allowed to bring.
City of Fairfax
City of Falls Church
City of Manassas
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