DC’s metro is generally clean, efficient and safe. Plan to use it to hop around the city. It runs from 7:00 am to midnight on the 4th.
It’s a priority to have safe food in your room. Eating a quick and simple breakfast there saves money, guarantees a meal free of contamination and gives you more time for sightseeing.
Always carry ample snacks when traveling and sightseeing, just in case you end up somewhere without food options. Nutritious snacking is a nice way to save money, too. It means you can sometimes forget about lunch, particularly if you opt for an early dinner.
Pack a Mat
Fold a thin, waterproof sheet (an old shower curtain liner works great) into your suitcase. Spread out your July 4th picnic on it as you listen to patriotic tunes and watch the fireworks.
Prepare for the heat. Summertime in DC is hot and muggy. Pack light-weight, breathable clothes and comfortable shoes, and buy sunscreen upon arrival. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Use the Internet
As you plan your travel, use travel websites to find the best hotel deals. Map out where you want to go in advance and make sure you know museum hours and what spots are close to each other to maximize your time. Once in DC, use your iPhone to help you navigate and check menus.