Best Hotels for July 4th Fireworks
Courtesy of W Washington D.C.
Ask For: Mall views.
You could embrace that We-the-People spirit and join the hundreds of thousands of spectators on the National Mall, but this is one night when it pays to act like a Beltway insider. The grande dame Hay-Adams Hotel—which competes only with the White House for the best views of the massive fireworks display—is closed this summer for renovations, so check out nearby newcomer W Hotel, whose rooms and 11th-floor rooftop lounge, P.O.V., overlook the Mall. For primo access, the year-old W is offering a Boom with a View package that includes a room and rooftop concert tickets.
Bonus View: On any given day at the W, you’ll likely spot the Marine One helicopter—surrounded by Secret Service choppers—taking off and landing. Come spring, the cherry blossoms explode into a panorama of pinkness.