D.C. is quite the place to celebrate the Fourth of July. You'll never see more red, white and blue fashion faux pas -- and definitely not the same spectacular display of fireworks anywhere else. But if you can’t see yourself braving the crowds this year, we’ve got you covered. Check out these alternatives for some just-as-fun fireworks viewing spots:
The W Hotel Rooftop: See the sky sparkle from the roof terrace while jamming to The Honey Brothers -- featuring Adrian Grenier of HBO's "Entourage." Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, great music -- all near the White House -- some view! Think the show's over when the fireworks end? Nah! Party into the wee hours with DJ Sky Nellor. 7 p.m.; Tickets
Odyssey Cruise: What’s bound to happen when you’re enjoying an open bar... on a boat... for July Fourth? That depends on how you define celebrating in true style. Enjoy the luxe life, at lease for a little awhile, as you float along the Potomac River while you drink, eat and dance. Party like it’s America’s birthday, just don’t go overboard (ba-dum-tsss) with the drinking. 7 p.m.;
Skydome at the DoubleTree Crystal City: Fireworks from a 360-degree view in a revolving rooftop lounge... hey, why not?! You'll be higher than the District, scoping views way past the Washington Monument. Call to make reservations for the Independence Buffet dinner: 703-416-3862. 7 p.m.; $95.
Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor: Pinkies up! This is probably the only venue to celebrate where there will be a wine and cigar garden instead of an open bar. Sound too upscale? Worry not. There will be plenty of live music and good ol' barbecue food to eat. Bring the kids, there’s plenty going on for the family. 5 p.m.; advance tickets.
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