A few of the most popular spots for viewing the spectacular Washington, D.C. July 4th fireworks are actually located in Arlington, Virginia. The fireworks, presented by the National Park Service as the finale to A Capitol Fourth and America's Biggest Birthday Party, begin at 9:10 p.m. and finish at 9:30 p.m.
- United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
The patriotic setting around the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial offers a wonderful view of the fireworks. This area is a good choice for visitors to Northern Virginia, travelers approaching from points south, or anyone wishing to avoid the whole scene around the National Mall. Located about six blocks from the Rosslyn Station on the Blue and Orange Lines, it is easily accessed by Metro.
- Points Along the Mount Vernon Trail
For a panoramic view from across the river, many fireworks watchers head for several points along the Mount Vernon Trail. The best spots are in the area between Memorial Bridge across from Lincoln Memorial and Gravelly Point near Reagan National Airport. Popular with hikers and cyclists, this area is within fairly easy walking distance of the Rosslyn Metro Station, the Arlington Station, the Pentagon Station and Reagan National Airport Station, depending on where on the trail you are headed.
- United States Air Force Memorial
A fireworks prelude concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the United States Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The concert will be performed by the United States Air Force Band. Visit the U.S. Air Force Memorial Website for more about the concert and July 4th restrictions and road closures.
- Potomac River Fireworks Cruises
Each year, there are several special Fourth of July Potomac River fireworks cruises in the Washington, D.C. area, including comparatively hassle-free options that depart from the Alexandria, Virginia riverfront. Find out more about Fourth of July and other cruises.
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