WASHINGTON: Join the most exciting block party in DC, held just steps from the White House. The Fourth of July becomes a little more historic at The Willard Intercontinental celebration of our nation’s birthday.
The Cafe du Parc Pennsylvania Avenue Terrace looks across 16th Avenue to the National Mall and while the view will be somewhat obscured, you should be able to see the fireworks from the National Mall while enjoying a variety of American classics.
- Image courtesy of The Willard Intercontinental Hotel and provided for use.
On the menu will be hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. Sandwiches will be served with a side of coleslaw or potato salad. Refreshments include water, soft drinks, beer, and lemonade.
Family-style picnic tables will be set up to accommodate diners. If you want to watch the festivities on the mall, stop by The Willard for a take-out picnic box or come down early, enjoy the cookout and then walk the few blocks to the Mall.
Or, and new for 2018, guests can relax with a cold brew as they toast Independence Day in Cafe du Parc’s pop-up beer garden. Live music will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
National Park Service 4th of July Schedule of Events
From the National Park Service (NPR) website, there are many events happening on the Mall to help you celebrate our Nation’s Birthday. But before you go, visit the NPR History of Independence Day because it really is about more than picnics and fireworks… no matter how fun they may be.
11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America’s birthday!
“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”
9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Celebrate Independence Day with special activities at Frederick Douglass Cedar Hill estate in historic Anacostia. See living history actors recreate Douglass’s famous speech “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”, earn a limited edition bicentennial Junior Ranger badge, enjoy live musical performances, and tour Douglass’s home.
A Fort Washington Fourth!
7 a.m. – 9:45 p.m., Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington Park stays open late for viewing of fireworks from Washington and the Virginia shore. The fort remains open until 9:45 pm after the fireworks are over. Park entrance fees are waived after 7 p.m.
A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Symphony Orchestra, join Jimmy Buffett and the Broadway cast of Escape to Margaritaville, pop superstars the Temptations and the Beach Boys, country music star Luke Combs, host John Stamos, and many more as they honor our country’s 242nd birthday. Gates open at 3 p.m.
9:09 p.m. – 9:27 p.m.
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. The fireworks will be launched from the area of the Reflecting Pool, and will be visible from many locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia.
(All above images provided by NPR and are being used under the Free Use for informational purposes only).
The fireworks will be canceled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds. Visit the National Park Service website for updates. Visit all websites to confirm event times.
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July in the nation’s capital than at the Willard InterContinental, known as ‘America’s Hotel’!
Who: Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.
Where: Cafe du Parc (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004)
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.