Serving the GW Community since 1904

The GW Hatchet


The GW Hatchet

Serving the GW Community since 1904

The GW Hatchet

Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter!

Skip traditional Fourth of July festivities

Fourth of July festivities aren’t for everyone.

If fireworks and picnics aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways — from indoor beaches to midnight movies — to spend your Independence Day in D.C.

The BEACH at the National Building Museum 401 F St. NW

You may not be an outdoors person, but you can beat the heat and still enjoy a beach day at the National Building Museum. On Saturday, the museum will open its indoor, man-made “beach” — complete with sand, beach chairs, umbrellas and a fake ocean made of plastic balls.

Snacks will be available at concession stands around the exhibit and admission is $16 at the door.

Native Foods Cafe 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW

If you’re not a fan of burgers and barbecues, you can grab a bite at Native Foods cafe, which serves up lighter, summery specials — like the grilled avocado plate or the blueberry lemonade — that will still fill you up.

Native Foods Cafe is a vegan restaurant, but with menu options like a Reuben sandwich and nachos, you might not even notice the difference.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival National Mall, between 3rd and 4th Streets NW

You don’t need to be decked out in red, white and blue if you’re heading to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year’s festival highlights Peruvian culture with traditional dance lessons, arts and crafts workshops and musical performances.

In between learning about the culture and history, you can sample some Peruvian fare like a pork and potato stew called Carapulcra or a dish called Papa Rellena — a potato croquette stuffed with ground beef, egg, olives and spices.

E Street Cinema 555 11th St. NW

Your night doesn’t have to end once the fireworks start. Avoid the noise — and the crowds — at the late-night indie theatre that screens classic old movies at midnight. This Saturday, you can catch a showing of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

E Street Cinema’s concession stand also offers gourmet bites — like crab cakes and Brazilian-style churrasco steak — alongside classic popcorn and candy.

More to Discover
Donate to The GW Hatchet