June 28, 2021 /
Jona Elwell

Watch Fireworks From the Shade of These Trees

Independence Day fireworks are back on this year after a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The city is even inviting folks from far and wide to revel in our patriotic parks. If you plan on sticking around the area for Independence Day here are some literally and figuratively cool spots to catch the fireworks show. Help us to keep these and all other DC parks covered with tree canopy throughout the hot summer months by taking our 25 to Stay Alive Watering Pledge!

Scoping out trees for an Inventory in 2016 (and a good spot with a view!)

Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park

Instead of debating whether or not the fountains will be on next week, try your hand at identifying trees at this iconic 16th Street park, which, as its name suggests, lies at the top of a hill (necessary for good firework viewing). Our inventory map is from our past efforts – we managed to measure and survey over 100 of the trees throughout the park in 2016 and came back to add 24 additional trees in 2018.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

As of now, it’s still closed due to the pandemic, but the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is a great place to have in your back pocket. The expansive lawn at Cedar Hill, the name for Douglass’ estate, presents itself as a prime spot to view the Anacostia River and the firework shows. While you wait for the sun to set and the show to start, spend some time admiring the property’s 130+ year-old massive and magnificent South Magnolia trees, which are officially in the Witness Tree Protection Program and were recently listed among the most unusual trees in DC.

Lady Bird Johnson Park/Columbia Island

It might be part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, but due to increased holiday traffic and massive road closures, consider biking along the Mt. Vernon trail to this urban oasis. Technically still part of D.C. (even though you’re ‘across’ the Potomac River) this green island offers unparalleled views of the National Mall – and therefore the fireworks! After you get your picnic blanket set up and are adequately dosed in bug spray, consider checking out some of the trees we added in a three-part Community Tree Planting!

McKinley Tech High School Parking Lot

Perched high above Eckington, before you admire the fireworks be sure to take a moment to bask in the beauty of our growing trees. We planted them as part of a Community Tree Planting in 2018!