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Light Up the Night!

It may be officially known as Independence Day, but everyone knows that the sparks really fly at night on the Fourth of July. And no one does the quintessential American holiday better than DC. Read on to find our top five picks for places to light up the night next Thursday.

P.O.V Lounge

Serious Moonlight
For those that are more passionate about the party than the pyrotechnics on the National Mall, you’ll want to book your VIP table at the W Hotel’s annual Boom With a View. Hosted at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, P.O.V, the posh party features some of the best views in the city, signature cocktails and live tunes. VIP tables for four to six people start at $1,500, 202.661.2400,

Rooftop Rendezvous
One of the newest rooftops in town sits atop the city’s latest luxury landmark, Capella Washington DC. For the Fourth, the hotel is celebrating with a staycation package, featuring two nights in a deluxe room, a four-course dinner (with wine pairings, of course) in Capella’s Grill Room and access to the hotel’s guests-only rooftop. Scope out the fireworks while enjoying a complimentary bar and live music. Hotel package rates start at $1,990, 202.617.2400,

Lincoln Love
Celebrate the federal holiday with a dose of history at Lincoln. The themed restaurant hosts an all-day party with special guest DJ Huck Finn, starting with a patriotic brunch from 11 am to 6 pm, followed by the annual American Dream BBQ Grillout (2-11 pm). Feast on housemade hamburgers and hotdogs, barbecue chicken and duck sausage with a side of, what else, Freedom Fries. The $34 Emancipation Punch Bowl will have you loving America even more. Barbecue $29 per person, 202.386.9200,

Night Lights
With the Fourth blissfully following on a Thursday this year, you can extend the fun to a long patriotic weekend by combining an Independence Day party with a hotel package. And Kimpton’s ubiquitous boutique hotels are offering special rates with their Red, White and Boom! sale. Stay one night for 10 percent off, two nights gets you 15 percent and, if you want to party all weekend, we say sign up for the 20 percent off with a three-night stay. Rates starting at $99, 1.800.KIMPTON,

Parc It
The Willard Intercontinental’s Café du Parc throws its annual Fourth of July fete with a down home picnic. Pull up to a picnic table and dine on Willard-worthy barbecue and add a little French twist at the sweet crepes station. Once you’re full, it’s just a short walk to the National Mall for the country’s most spectacular fireworks show. Lunch, $10 per person, 202.628.9100,