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Posted at 4:34 PM ET, 06/29/2009

Other Places to See the Mall Fireworks

By Fritz Hahn

The fireworks display on the National Mall is always one of the region's most impressive, but the crowds and security restrictions can be a turn-off for some people. If you'd like to watch the festivities without the hassles, try watching from one of these alternate viewing locations.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Tell us about it in the comments.


Where to Watch the Mall Fireworks

By Fritz Hahn  | June 29, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
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My family would like to view the fireworks from VA. Does anyone know when the parking lots along the GW Parkway fill up? Is 5:00 pm too late?

Posted by: alisago | July 4, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

One of the best places to see the fireworks is from the water. In the past my husband and I would stay on our boat to claim a spot on the river between Arlington Mem. Br. and 14th Street Br. Sometimes we would head there the night before or on the morning of the 4th. We would try to get there early to drop anchor and claim a spot.

My husband would put the dinghy in the water to ferry our kids and friends back and forth to shore. Sometimes we would tie up to a friends boat and share the anchor and dinner. We always had a great time and a great view. (Having our own head on board was very nice.)

Posted by: DPOGOODEN | July 4, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The Masonic Temple in Alexandria is an excellent spot to view the fireworks from.

Posted by: tlogan324 | July 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

RE: TLOGAN324

I very much disagree with the Masonic Temple/Alexandria comment.

The view is awful - and after about 5minutes into the show all of the smoke completely hides the fireworks.

Posted by: neilq | July 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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