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The National Mall is great, but the W Hotel is even better for watching pyrotechnics on the Fourth of July—for the cocktails and the luxe setting.

Observatory at The Graham Georgetown

Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

Capital Fringe Festival

20 Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights

From music and entertainment to dining and clubs, here are three months of bliss.

Serious Moonlight
It may be officially known as Independence Day, but everyone knows the sparks really fly at night on the Fourth of July. And no one does the quintessential American holiday better than DC. For those who are more passionate about the party than the pyrotechnics on the National Mall, you’ll want to book your VIP table at the W’s annual Boom With a View. Hosted at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, P.O.V, the annual party features some of the best views in the city, signature cocktails and lush tunes. And, with the Fourth blissfully falling on a Thursday this year, you can extend the fun to a long patriotic weekend by combining the party with a hotel package. Priority table for four to six people at POV, $1,500. Boom With a View, email povevents@whotels.‌com. W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2400, wwashingtondc.‌com/july-4th

Smokin’ Good!
Kick off your week in style by heading to the Observatory at The Graham Georgetown for Pin Up Mondays. The new hotel and Georgetown Tobacco have partnered to host evenings around the abundant pleasures of cigars and whiskey—all set to a soundtrack of 1950s music. The Observatory, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 202.337.0900, thegrahamgeorgetown.‌com

Tune In
The cozy Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental transforms into a sultry enclave for jazz lovers every Friday and Saturday night this summer. Sip the seasonal Cherry Blossom Sling (vodka, cherry liquor and sour-cherry puree), and listen to the likes of soulful voices like Sharón Clark and indie-inspired Karla Chisholm, as well as instrumentalists Chuck Redd and Lyle Link. If the rotating repertoire of jazz performers isn’t enough to lure you back, the addictive veggie samosa bites will. Didier Pouzier, the new executive chef, has finessed the international menu with his straightforward approach to traditional and inventive dishes. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, mandarin­oriental.‌com/washington

Oh, Sherry
Sherry is one complex chick. She can be sweet (sometimes), but she is always decidedly stylish—and found all over DC bars and nightspots this summer. At Estadio, mixologist Adam Bernbach offers a glorious variation of the Jabberwock by combining manzanilla sherry, cocchi Americano, gin and grapefruit bitters. “Sherry’s acidity, its zing and brightness give a drink a bold base without weighing it down,” says Bernbach. 1520 14th St. NW, 202.319.1404, estadio-dc.‌com

On the Fringe
From July 11-28, the Capital Fringe Festival delights and dazzles (postmodern burlesque, anyone?) with 135 performing arts groups (about 80 percent of them local) spread across 19 venues. Take a break by journeying to Fort Fringe to relax at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar, which offers chilly cocktails and sizzling bands. 607 New York Ave. NW, 202.737.7230, capitalfringe.org

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