We have never ventured into either park around the 4th of July, but we're planning on going July 2 - 4 (Wed - Fri). We realize its going to be crowded, so we're preparing ourselves accordingly.
We thought about avoiding DL on the 4th and spending the day at DCA... watching the DEP then watching the fireworks from the Esplanade. We have never done this, and realize that we wouldn't be able to see the low-lying effects around the castle - but would hopefully be able to view the bigger shells, and the 4th of July finale. Question for the experts - how are the fireworks viewed from the esplanade? Do they pipe in the music? Will it be packed there (the Esplanade) on the 4th? Thanks!