Before the fireworks, cool off with a beer on the Hirshhorn patio. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post)
Sorry for the late notice, folks, but if you're heading down to the Mall today and are in the mood for a cold, frothy beverage, make the Hirshhorn your first stop. On the Fly, D.C.'s roving band of SmartKart vendors, has set up a beer garden on the Mall side of the museum's patio, with space for a couple hundred people. It will be open until 10 p.m.
All are welcome to make their way within the gates and take advantage of the chairs, but those who want to drink will have to have their IDs checked before they can buy tickets for drinks. Miller Lite, Yuengling and glasses of California chardonnay are $5. On the Fly treats like grilled-chicken sandwiches and hot dogs are also available.