Kapnos Taverna is offering a Fourth of July to-go menu. Guests can choose from the popular Greek spreads, sides, and roasted meats. Deadline to place an order is July 2, and all orders will be ready for pick up on Saturday, July 4. Orders can also be placed online. 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-243-4400; kapnostaverna.com
July 4: Washington, DC’s 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP's. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot. Parade starts at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Ave and 7th St.
July 4: The annual event includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 600 Maryland Ave SW.
July 4: The National Archives celebrates the 4th of July with special family programming celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
The W Hotel Washington DC, the closest hotel to the White House, with an incredible rooftop view of the city (and the fireworks), hosts a special July 4th celebration each year. Titled "Boom with a View," the evening offers an unparalleled view of the National Fireworks display from the P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge on top of W Washington DC. 515 15th St. NW; washingtondc.com/boom-with-a-view
July 4: The Town of Chevy Chase will host an Independence Day picnic and parade from noon to 2 p.m. The parade will begin at noon at the Lawton Center with bike, scooter, wagon and baby carriage decorating starting at 11:30 a.m. The town will provide decorating supplies. Chevy Chase will treat residents to a barbeque catered by Red, Hot & Blue and Ben and Jerry's. The traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence at this event encourages participation from readers of all ages. 4301 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase. townoffice@
Enjoy the fireworks, food, and wines without all the crowds. Buffet items of classic Fourth of July fare and a diverse selection of premium wines, craft beers, and bottled sodas will be served all evening. Tickets are $122 and can be found online here. 777 Sixth St. NW., 202-864-6445
What better backdrop to watch the fireworks this Fourth of July than the Georgetown Waterfront? Fiola Mare sets the scene on the Potomac, offering special “Stars and Stripes” tasting menus for brunch ($48/person) and dinner. With offerings like Acquerello Risotto “Clambake Style”, these menus pay homage to traditional American favorites while adding Chef Trabocchi’s signature Italian flare. Additionally, enjoy the Uncle Sam cocktail, packing a patriotic punch with Dad’s Hat rye, ginger syrup, lemon juice, raspberry purée, and club soda. $125 per person. 3100 K St. NW
Chef Erin Clarke is serving up the perfect combination of traditional American staples and delicious Italian creations, all available a la carte. Opt for classics like Smoked Farro & Lobster or patriotic specials like Bev’s Smoky Baby Back Ribs. Top it all off with Casa Luca’s Patriot Cooler, a perfect mixture of Jack Daniels, jasmine and orange blossom grenadine, lemon bitters, and blueberries. 1099 New York Ave NW
The National Building Museum will once again create a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors when it unveils an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the Museum’s Great Hall, the BEACH, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. Tickets are $16 and are available online here. 202-272-2448; 401 F St. NW.
Outdoor movies will be screened on the Georgetown Waterfront and will start at sunset. Various movies will be shown including St. Elmo's Fire, State of Play, No Way Out, and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Runs from July 7 to August 4. Intersection of K/Water St. and Cecil Pl., NW; georgetowndc.com/sunsetcinema
July 10: Del Campo is hosting its annual Del Campo at Dusk Tiki Party from 7-10 pm. Guests will enjoy food such as suckling pig, a raw oyster bar, and other tiki-inspired bites by chef Victor Albisu and guest chef Jeff Black of Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Signature tiki cocktails, beer and wine will be served from a cash bar. Tickets are $37 and are available to be purchased online. delcampodc.com, 777 I St, NW.
Enjoy a day of golf, cocktails, dinner, and awards at the eight annual golf tournament of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns. Teams of three can register for $5,000 and will be paired with a veteran to play as their fourth. Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, Judy Tart, 240-223-1180; email@example.com
MIC bar managers will host a cocktail class at G. Guests will learn tips and tricks on how to make crowd-pleasing libations fit for any summer gathering. Tickets are $90 and are inclusive of cocktails, snacks, tax and gratuity. 2201 14th St NW; gbymikeisabella.com
Join Early Mountain Vineyards for its Third Annual Barbeque Festival! Guests will enjoy BBQ Exchange’s Hickory-Smoked Whole Hog BBQ and Pulled Chicken with side choices of Donna’s Baked Beans, Home-Style Cole Slaw, Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad, as well as five specialty sauces. Wines from Early Mountain Vineyards will be available for purchase as well as a specialty drinks. Relax on the terrace, play a round of corn hole and take in the views of the Blue Ridge foothills while enjoying music from Curtis Prince and the Associates and ice cream from Charlottesville’s ice cream truck, The Sweet Tooth. Tickets are $30 and are available online here. 6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA; earlymountain.com
Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ) annual Brew at the Zoo event boasts beer samples from more than 60 craft breweries and live entertainment, including games and animal demonstrations. Funds raised support care and conservation of the National Smithsonian Zoo and all of its inhabitants. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-633-4888; nationalzoo.si.edu
This exhibit, running until September 6, will show cherry trees landscapes from the 16th and 17th centuries, created by mixing Chinese techniques with the gold and colors of traditional Japanese paintings. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu
The Rosslyn Business Improvement District will host the 25th Anniversary its Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival in Gateway Park. This year's event will feature food truck row, an expanded beer and wine garden, and a variety of onsite fashion trucks. Locally, nationally, and international acclaimed artists headlining the festival include The Funk Art, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Debo Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many more! 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA
The District of Columbia Arts Center Presents the 2015 Experience Auction in the Club + Banquet Hall of the Kennedy-Warren. Show your love for DC’s most alternative and cutting edge arts organization not by buying art, but by experiencing it. This event provides an extraordinary opportunity for participants to bid on a series of one-of-a-kind adventures and happenings created for the occasion by some of DC’s most talented tastemakers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, actors, chefs, and a host of other donors. Each and every “item” will be genuine, exciting, and valuable beyond any measure. From 7-10 pm. 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW; experienceauction.com
Jose Andrés’ America Eats Tavern will host a sumptuous Christmas Day brunch featuring, in addition to regular menu items, a roast roseda prime rib special and a Christmas cookie buffet complete with a sugar-cookie decorating station that’s sure to delight the kids—both young and grown. 7am – 2:30pm. 1700 Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner, VA, 703-744-3999; americaeatstavern.com