DC July 4th Weekend Food & Drink Events Fireworks Crabs 2021
“Crabs and Crushes,” a pop-up from Lucky Buns chef Alex McCoy, arrives at Union Market. Photo courtesy of Alex McCoy.
The 4th of July weekend around DC is shaping up to be fun with fireworks parties, crab feasts, barbecues, and plenty of brunch to cure a holiday hangover on Monday. Here’s your guide to weekend fun.
Fireworks viewing parties
1050 31st St., NO
Wolfgang Puck’s Georgetown Steakhouse serves a family menu for $ 295 per person with a rooftop view of the fireworks show. The menu features summer favorites like chili cornbread, barbecued prime rib, shrimp boil, watermelon slices, and summer berry pie. The price includes unlimited beer, wine and festive cocktails. Tables are available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and reservations can be made on Knock.
88 District Square, SW
Celebrate the 4th of July fireworks with views of the Potomac River from the rooftop terrace of this chic Wharf restaurant, which offers club-style table service. There are six types of private spaces to book, ranging from eight-person cabins ($ 1,000) to smaller four-person “cabins” with a view ($ 800) and lounges for $ 500. Some tables include a bottle of premium champagne or alcohol, and an à la carte menu will be available for all. If you don’t feel like splurging, general tickets to the penthouse porch are available for $ 59, and these guests can order from the cocktail menu. Reservations can be made via Knock.
2700 F St., NO
Open-air wine and beer garden near the Reach at Kennedy Center hosts its first-ever July 4th party from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshment stations will be set up throughout the outdoor area serving grills, frozen treats and a special dish from chef Erik Bruner-Yang. Local beers, wine and canned cocktails will also be available for purchase. Bring your own blanket and it’s not a bad idea to arrive early to find a spot.
Fun food events for the weekend
1250 5th street, northeast
Enjoy an all-day barbecue at the American Tavern on July 4th from 10:30 am to 10 pm. Feast on cooking classics with steakhouse dishes like fancy cheeseburgers ($ 21), sausage and onions ($ 19), watermelon salad ($ 11), and homemade arugula pops ($ 7 ). The Meat and Three Special for $ 35 gives you a choice of spit roasted pork (a whole pork is cooked to order) or beef sausages served with coleslaw, beans and corn on the cob.
Glover Park Grill
2505 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Do you like crab treats but not cleaning? Restaurateur Michael Schlow’s American Diner is hosting an all-day crab feast on July 4 with a corn, cabbage and potato salad. Customers can also add more sides, beer buckets and cocktails. Tickets are $ 50 and available for two-hour time slots between noon and 7:30 p.m.
1401 Okie Street, northeast
Chef Matt Baker is hosting a lunch that doubles as an interactive cooking class in his Michelin-starred Ivy City tasting room on Saturday, July 3 at noon. The event is $ 80 per person and includes three courses and wine or soft drink pairings with each course.
Lucky Crab House
1309 5th street, northeast
The Union Market pop-up has all-you-can-eat Maryland crab treats every Friday through Sunday this summer, including the July 4th weekend. For $ 50 per person, you can feast on all-you-can-eat crabs, corn, potato salad, chicken, and coleslaw (a two-hour time limit applies). Fresh fruit mash, cocktails and local beers will be available at an additional cost.
1280 4th street, northeast
Inside La Cosecha Latin Market, the avant-garde MITA spot offers special vegan options only available on July 4th. Stop in for a hot dog ($ 8), burger ($ 18), or donut ($ 5).
1346 4th street, southeast
Chef Michael Rafidi’s “Albi-que” Levantine menu is back at Navy Yard restaurant. The $ 90 package serves two and includes ready-to-grill meats and mezzes. Orders will go online on Friday June 25.
the baker’s daughter
1402 Okie Street, northeast
The Ivy City coffee shop offers take-out food grill kits for four. The grill kit comes with a choice of protein like NY strip ($ 90) or salmon ($ 80), and includes sides, sauces, green salad, and veggies. Lobster tail and crab cakes are also optional.
974 Palmer Alley, NO
Take home a grill package at Chef Amy Brandwein’s downtown Italian restaurant, perfect for feeding two to four people ($ 150). The package includes homemade pork and fennel sausages, Angus beef patties, brioche buns, toppings, ready-to-eat sides like corn pesto, and a shortcake kit for dessert. A six-pack of Champion Shower pilsner and a bottle of Bertani Bertarose rosé wine are included. Pre-order before 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1 for pickup on the weekend of July 4 (times vary by day).
Spice up your Independence Day barbecue with grill kits from the local Lebanese channel. The $ 79 packages serve four to six people and include six chicken kebabs, four kafta kebabs, Lebanese potato salad, watermelon and feta salad, hummus and pita. Customers can add kebabs, sides and additional appetizers.
449 K Street, NO
Chef Elias Taddesse offers a grill kit from his Franco-Ethiopian restaurant focused on hamburgers. The $ 75 kit seats up to six people and includes burger patties, brioche buns and all the accessories, sides like an old-fashioned tomato and strawberry salad and two pints of homemade ice cream. Pre-order here to pick up on July 3 or 4.
476 K Street, NW, Suite D
Chef Richard Sandoval is about to launch brunch at his wood-fired Mexican restaurant on Mt. Vernon triangle. In addition to the weekend feasts, customers can indulge in the all-you-can-eat brunch on Monday, July 5. Dishes include tacos, egg dishes, tuna ceviche, shrimp enchiladas and more, all drizzled with mimosas or Bloody Mary. AYCE costs $ 30 and the price is $ 45 with unlimited drinks.
623 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Capitol Hill Sandwich Place helps you recover from the long holiday weekend with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. Hearty dishes include a breast cookie, chivito sandwich, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grains. Serve your meal with $ 10 mimosas (bottomless for $ 18).
1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Try the “Welcome to America” pancakes at the location adjacent to the White House on Saturdays and Sundays. The red, white and blue special is served with a red pineapple and blueberry vinaigrette. Add a mimosa for a $ 25 combo.