Is it just me, or does 4th of July weekend seem just a little more stressful this year? I think it has something to do with the fact that this Independence Day falls on a Monday, which means you not only have to plan something related to fireworks, but you also have to jam pack a weekend with as many summer activities as humanly possible. It’s just far too much pressure!
That said, it’s totally uncool to waste a three-day weekend (especially one where you’re supposed to be celebrating the nation’s birthday), and going back to work on Tuesday and saying you “didn’t really do anything all weekend” is completely unacceptable. As such, to compliment your rendezvous at Uncle Sam Jam, Brightest Young Things Summer Camp Reunion, and the National Freedom Fest, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to wine and dine this weekend. This is a great weekend to try out some of DC’s best restaurants because tons of places are having Independence Day-themed events and some are offering specials all weekend long. Happy Birthday America! xo – KC
Eat Drink and Celebrate!
Lincoln Restaurant’s American Dream Weekend. As part of their Independence Day celebration, Lincoln Restaurant (near McPherson Sq) will have all weekend-long beer specials, a Bourbon Dinner Tasting ($56) on Saturday night, and the American Dream Independence Brunch with DJ Adrian on Sunday morning. Finally, if you’re still alive and kicking on Monday, Lincoln will be grilling out American classics while you enjoy the sounds of Live American Hits cover band. Best part: Bottomless Emancipation Punch Bowl is just $34 all night long (3pm – 11pm).
J&G Steakhouse 4th of July Patio Picnic. One of my FAVORITE restaurants in the city, Jean George’s famous steakhouse, located in the W Hotel, will be hosting a 4th of July Patio Picnic. For a very cool $35/person, you can try J&G’s delicious appetizers, group-style sides and desserts, outdoor grill selections, and more. The picnic is served from 5 – 10 pm, perfect timing to catch some fireworks in the heart of downtown!
Blue Duck Tavern for Cheese & Cocktails: For a slightly more low-key outing, check out Blue Duck Tavern in the Park Hyatt hotel. Their fabulous terrace is the perfect spot to try one of their new selections of summer cocktails and something from their artisanal cheese and charcuterie menu (which now includes an amazing Apricot Chutney as well as an Onion Marmalade). A relaxing activity for what can often be a rather intense weekend.
701’s Classic American Menu. Perhaps one of the most convenient restaurants to dine at before watching fireworks on the National Mall, 701 will have a delicious menu of gourmet American favorites created by Chef Ed Whitt. And for dessert – Red, White, and Blue Parfait made with White Chocolate Cream, Raspberry Gel, and Local Blueberries. What a yummy way to wish Uncle Sam a Happy Birthday!
Eat Your Way through American History at the America Eats Tavern Opening. Following his recent James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, Jose Andres is opening his newest restaurant concept in Washington. America Eats Tavern, which opens July 4th and takes the place of Cafe Atlantico, will offer a new take on American classics and celebrates native ingredients with some long forgotten dishes. Coolest part of all – many of the recipes are collected through extensive research at the National Archives. What better way to celebrate our nation’s history than to eat your way through it? Thing to know: A casual tavern menu will be offered on the ground floor, while a more refined and elegant menu will be featured on the second and third floors.