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Where To Eat and Drink This Fourth of July

Celebrate with fried chicken, crazy shakes, and, of course, beer

Pearl Dive’s to-go fried chicken dinner for $35

There are no shortage of parties and specials throughout the city to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.

Plot any big night out ASAP, as some events are already sold out (such as The Top of the Gate celebration at the newly-renovated Watergate).

From $17.76 picnic to-go packages to beer-fueled rooftop festivities, here are some top picks for Independence Day festivities:

Teddy and the Bully Bar

1200 19th Street NW

Teddy is hosting a cook-out featuring hot dogs, burgers, ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken, potato salad, slaw, corn on the cob, mimosas, and mules. $45 per person for the bottomless barbecue option, $29 for food only. From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dacha Beer Garden

1600 Seventh Street NW

D.C.’s expanding beer garden is throwing a “Brau, Brats and Freedom” party with DC Brau Brewing Company from noon to 6 p.m. On tap: a corn hole and Jenga competition will special prizes like Dacha and DC Brau swag, and two tickets to see comedian Margaret Cho in concert Friday, July 14 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. There’s also an $8 frozen cocktail called Melanie's Blues, made with rum, coconut puree, and lime.

Watermelon mimosa from DC Harvest.
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DC Harvest

517 Eighth Street NE

A special Fourth of July brunch includes bottomless watermelon mimosas and bloody Marys from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Roofers Union

2446 18th Street NW

The Adams Morgan restaurant is hosting a tap takeover with local Hellbender Brewing Company, having five taps pouring drafts for $7 all day. In addition, executive chef Jenn Flynn is offering a pair of specialty corn dogs with chips and a pickle for $10.

The Salt Line

79 Potomac Avenue SE

The newly minted New England-style seafood restaurant is opening early (10 a.m.) to serve drinks and food before the Washington Nationals-New York Mets game at 11:05 a.m. The full menu and plus grill specials will be available throughout the day.

Sixth Engine

438 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Doors open early at 1 p.m. for grill specials including barbecue ribs, smoked half chicken, and half-smokes with sides like potato salad, pasta salad, watermelon, and Mexican street-style corn on the cob. Happy hour runs until 7 p.m.


1905 Ninth Street NW

A roof deck barbecue kicks off at 2 p.m., with chef Joel Hatton cooking up local sausages, grilled portabellos, and sides. Pick three items for a flat $20 at the door (additional food and drink tickets are available for purchase). The party, which is projected to last until 11:30 p.m., includes a view of the fireworks over the National Mall.


6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland

Republic will host the fourth annual Freedom Fest commemorating the repeal of government restriction on beer sales in 2014. Beverage guru Brett Robison is featuring local brewers (think: Hellbender, 7 Locks Brewing, Manor Hill Brewing) that’ll be paired with live music and food. Tickets are available online.

Pearl Dive

1612 14th Street NW

Pearl Dive’s to-go fried chicken dinner for the holiday includes six pieces of dark meat chicken, jalapeno cornbread muffins, potato salad, coleslaw, blueberry hand pies, a checkerboard tablecloth, and silverware for $35. Pre-order online.

Sugar Factory

1100 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia

The sweets-focused chain is featuring a special milkshake featuring vanilla ice cream, gummy stars, sprinkles, marshmallows, a chocolate ganache-covered mug, and swirl lollipop ($14). The holiday treat is available from July 1 through July 4.

Hank’s Cocktail Bar

819 Upshur Street NW

Head bartender Jess Weinstein has created some holiday-themed drinks, including “I’m a Cool Rocking Daddy, In the USA,” featuring gin, ginger beer, grapefruit, and basil.

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