Needs some help from the forum. I have a friend coming in from NY for July 3rd and 4th. I want to show him a great time but don't want to go anywhere near the mall or possibly DC in general for the 4th. What are some fun things going on locally or other parts of DC (away from the mall) I was thinking about going to Cantina Marina July 3rd….what's the haps in Arlington?
Definitely not the zoo that is the Mall for the fireworks, but a fun vibe. Went last year and had fun (despite a little bit of rain prior to the fireworks). I'd recommend getting there early and bringing a blanket to sit on.
I like Iwo Jima/Netherlands Carrillion as a firework watching spot, it's pretty popular, so plan to get there early, but not as early as needed for DC fireworks. If you're closer to the Carillion area, you have a sweeping view of the Washington Monument, Capitol, and Lincoln Memorial