WANDERLUST: 4th of JULY IN WASHINGTON
Patriotism – and a little bit of party – in the nation’s capital
Where better to celebrate Independence Day than in the national’s capital, the centers of all three branches of the federal government, the place where the seventh inning stretch was invented, where the dollar bill is printed, where everywhere you turn there is something of historical significance to admire, Washington, DC?
EAT: BEN’S CHILI BOWL
The quintessential DC dining experience – get yourself a half-smoke and an order of fries with the works and pretend like you’re a local. The U Street location is the original.
DRINK: THE RAVEN GRILL
Head over to The Raven Grill in Mount Pleasant. Enjoy the jukebox, the dim lights, and if you’re hungry, a bag of UTZ chips (because the word “grill” doesn’t actually mean food in this case).
DO: THE SMITHSONIAN
If the Independence Day Parade doesn’t appeal, you could always check out a Smithsonian Museum. They’re free to visit, but we particularly like the Museum of the American Indian (and their cafeteria is cool, too).
LISTEN: A CAPITOL FOURTH
Barry Manilow headlines A Capitol Fourth, a free concert on the west lawn of the United States Capitol building. Also appearing – The National Symphony Orchestra and former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger (no, not together).
DANCE : THE EMBASSY ROW HOTEL
The rooftop view at this chic hotel is killer and the music is bumping…in your headphones. This actually silent disco night is called SILENT DISCO. Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blues.
SEE: THE FIREWORKS
The pyrotechnics usually start around 9pm but if you want a spot on the National Mall you’ll have to camp out early. The show’s visible from lots of rooftops around the city.
PLAY: 5 SONGS BY DC ARTISTS