Celebrate Fourth of July with a Dinner and a View

If you don't feel like planning a Fourth of July celebration this weekend, why not just leave it to the professionals this year? Head on over to some of the finest establishments in your city to help you out this Independence Day. Check out these great restaurants (some with good views of the fireworks!) that are having celebrations around the country.


While Lenox Square will be putting on the biggest fireworks display in Atlanta complete with carnival rides and live music, you can catch the event at MARKET. They have their own Fourth Fest, which is an all day affair starting with brunch and bottomless cocktails where you can get great views of the show at Lenox Square. The Georgia Aquarium is also putting on Red, White & Brew with classic barbecue and beer sampling. If you're looking to just have leisurely brunch fare on Monday, stop by Einstein's or Joe's on Juniper for an epic Fourth of July brunch.


The roofdeck bar at the Atlantic Beer Garden is a perfect destination for all your Fourth of July needs. Right on the waterfront and in between the piers on the Seaport Boulevard, this is definitely a go-to place. You won't be able to see the fireworks from Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston Street but this deck bar is open until 2 am and serves food from Poe's Kitchen until 1 am so you can eat after fireworks. Dante throws an impressive Fourth of July party every year equipped with Italian-American barbecue and patriotic cocktails. Aquitane and Parker's are serving up great Fourth-inspired brunches if you need to fuel up before heading to some fireworks displays. Favorite seafood restaurants like Union Oyster House and Top of the Hub both have great views of the fireworks.


While there will be no city-run fireworks display in Chicago this year due to cutbacks, you can still catch a quick 15 minute show at 9 p.m. at the Navy Pier that the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is putting on. The Billy Goat Tavern, Riva, Harry Caray's Tavern, and Capi's Italian Kitchen will all have good views of the fireworks. If starting out earlier in the day is more up your alley, hit up Cafe Ba Ba Reeba or Rocks at Lincoln Park for an Independence Day brunch.

New York

As long as you're below 59th street and on the Westside, you'll be sure to catch Macy's Annual Fireworks celebration across six different barges. It's a sight to be seen! Catch it while at the Hudson Terrace and Press Lounge at Ink48, which will both have stunning rooftop views. The Frying Pan, which is right on the Hudson River, will get you close to the action as it is right on the Hudson. Grab a bucket of beers and some all American food and you'll be all set. If you're looking to venture outside of Manhattan, try heading to the Bell House in Brooklyn on Sunday July 3rd. If live music and grilled burgers and hotdogs don't woo you to an outer borough, then maybe winning a free round of drinks will (granted, it only comes once you show off your favorite pair of patriotic underwear).

Washington, DC

Finding a good spot at the National Mall may be a tough feat to accomplish so if you're feeling particularly lazy, try setting up shop in one of these fine establishments. Jackson 20 has a multi-course picnic dinner with wine pairings perfect for this Fourth of July. Z-Burger is having their Annual Independence Burger Eating Contest and J&G Steakhouse is also serving delicious burgers or Kobe beef hotdogs; no assembly required, you just have to eat them! For a extravagant evening, the W Hotel is hosting their Annual BOOM WITH A VIEW. All you have to do is pay $200 and it'll get you open bar, lots of delicious food and a great view of the fireworks.

Where will you be celebrating the Fourth of July this year?

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