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What's the best place to see fireworks in D.C.? Least amount of people, travel time,...

What's the best place to see fireworks in D.C.? Least amount of people, travel time, best view offered.
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     asked this on April 23, 2008 at 11:50 AM
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While most places here are a zoo for the July 4th fireworks, you can eke out some good viewing spots even down on the Mall. You don't say where you're staying, but avoid the Metro if you can and just walk down to the National Mall and its monuments. Anywhere on the Ellipse near the White House and around 15th St and Constitution will be prime for the fireworks, which go off over the nearby Washington Monument. Get there early for a good spot, though, and expect LOTS of people. Meridian Hill Park, directly north of the Monument is a good local spot with lesser crowds, as is the balcony at the Kennedy Center near Foggy Bottom. Or, you could head across the Potomac to the waterfront in Arlington alongside the GW Parkway. The best spots are waterside here, but people camp out early to snag 'em. Grassy areas near the Marine Corps Memorial and Fort Myer in Arlington get busy but offer good views without the crush of the revelers over the river on the Mall. Further away, the waterfront at Alexandria will also offer you views of the big display above the Washington Monument, as well sightlines to other local firework displays around Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.
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     answered this on May 07, 2008 at 08:53 AM
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