As members of “without a doubt…the worst period generation period ever period,” whatever that means, Hoyas happen to reside in one of the best spots to celebrate this paid federal holiday: the nation’s capital. Even though this character from the new Aaron Sorkin HBO series Newsroom thinks America isn’t the greatest country in the world, and misses a time when minorities and women had even fewer rights, I think we can all agree on a few things: barbecues, beer, and fancy lighting in the sky.
Here’s a list of some of the best spots to observe the fireworks and reflect on why we love America (after the jump):
There is simply no better place to celebrate Independence Day than our nation’s capital. Here is Vox‘s guide to the big events going on in the D.C. area that will help you get your patriotic groove on. Keep in mind, however, that the Smithsonian Metro stop will be closed on the big day.
Don’t Rain on my Parade!
The National Independence Day Parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. It will conclude at 17th Street. It’s sure to be a gross display of patriotism in oppressive heat and humidity with large crowds contributing their body heat to the mix—don’t miss out!
Lobsterbacks and Bayonets Not Included
The Archives will host an all-day Fourth of July celebration on Sunday. At 10:00 a.m., there’ll be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. In the Jefferson Room, according to Archives officials, visitors can use a real quill pen to write down what’s stuck in their craw, put on a tri-corner hat and read their own declaration, and—here’s the best part—get a National Archives temporary tattoo! Very gangster.