I will be up at the steps of the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Virginia watching the fireworks in Washington, DC.
Fireworks are launched at 9:09 PM from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.
Here are top places to watch the fireworks in Washington DC from the Alexandria, Virginia area while avoiding the National Mall.
United States Air Force Memorial Yes, it’s home to the oddly shaped fork you see coming from Washington, DC to Virginia on I-395, but its vantage point is enviable. (Map This)
Gravelly Point Park There are limited spaces to park so, if you drive, get there EARLY. Accessible from the Mt. Vernon Trail by bike as well as the National Airport Metro. Head North down the trail. (Map This)
@redbricktown You can also get to Gravely Point by taking metro to the airport & following the line of others headed that way.
— M Blanchard Designs (@MBDesignsVA) July 4, 2015
14th Street Bridge If you travel via car or by Metro, you have likely seen bicyclists and/or pedestrians crossing the bridge on the north side of the bridge. In the past, this gets packed EARLY. Accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail. By Metro, it’s quite a hike. (Map This)
Arlington Memorial Bridge Another nearby bridge that WILL get packed, so get there early. This is a favorite spot for fireworks watching on the water. Accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail. By Metro, take the Arlington Cemetery stop. (Map This)
Daingerfield Island Here, you can get dinner at Indigo Landing, then watch the airplanes take-off from National Airport, and watch the fireworks. There is LIMITED parking so, if you go, get there EARLY. Not actually an island, the flat and mostly wooded park is the site of the first permanent Alexandria settlement; established by Simon Pearson in 1696. (Map This)
Masonic Temple Alexandria’s Masonic temple sits atop Shuters Hill, just a mile from the Potomac River’s banks. Its top steps, which overlooks downtown DC, is a choice spot to spread out the blanket. Go early to get an unobstructed view. (Map This)
Canal Center Plaza This is prime viewing along the waterfront for tonight’s fireworks. North side is best. Get there EARLY as there is not a lot of space here. (Map This)
For next year, step it up a notch and plan even further ahead. Fireworks cruises with the Potomac Riverboat company, The Spirit of Washington, and The Odyssey are sold out, but look to be a good time!