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Five items for the Washington sports fan on Amazon Prime Day

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Five items for the Washington sports fan on Amazon Prime Day

It's Amazon Prime day! Everyone who doesn't have a Prime account will be asking for your log in (especially if you have a student account), but shopping this sale is worth your time. We've selected some awesome DMV sports gear you must grab before training camp, tailgates, and the second half of baseball season.

1. Custom Stitched Sean Taylor Jersey

Yeah, this should be your tailgate uniform. A fraction of the price of an authentic jersey, your gameday closet needs this hand-stitched jersey. Phanatic Sports Memorabilia sells jerseys in burgundy and white, including everyone from Taylor and Theismann to Collins and Guice. Have you seriously not clicked that link yet?

2. NFL Cooler Quad Chair

 

Once you're dressed, it's time to sit back and enjoy the party. What better chair to bring to a tailgate than one with multiple pouches, a cupholder and your team's logo on the back? You're ready to rock gameday.

3. Nationals Desk Caddy

 

Bring your spirit to the office and stay hype for the second half of the season post All-Star break. This might make you some friends in the office, and it might make you some enemies. Choose your lunch dates wisely.

4. Washington Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup Champions DVD

What makes a D.C. sports fan feel warm and fuzzy like rewatching the first Stanley Cup championship? If you still own a DVD player, this purchase is great for the whole family (according to reviews, it's kid friendly). 

5. 2018 Stanley Cup National Hockey League Championship Ring 

No joke, at $16.79 these babies are 20% off today and come in myriad sizes through the Gloral HIF shop. Definitely worth a look and affordable for every Caps fan to represent their favorites at their leisure. Warning: may be blinding.

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Best Boston sports bars in the D.C. area

Best Boston sports bars in the D.C. area

Boston sports fans far from home deserve a place to watch their seemingly endless championship dynasties reign. If nothing else, this is a place for D.C. sports fans to avoid on certain game days. Whether it's a Sox game at 1:05 p.m. or one of those nights where the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots overlap, these bars, pubs and taverns will make you feel as close to home as possible 500 miles away.

1. Dirty Water DC

While they brand themselves as "The Boston Sports Bar of DC," Dirty Water is much more than that. Known to host quite a few parties for all kinds of sporting events day or night, every Boston sports fan should celebrate here at least once. This is the place for the most raucous and rowdy -- prepare for champagne showers.

2. Capitol Lounge

Their tagline is "No politics. No Miller Lite," which seems too good to be true. The part that makes Capitol Lounge so great is their specialized New England Patriots food menu for game days -- highlights include with Yo Soy Fiesta nachos (shoutout to Gronk), Gooddell Can Suck My Quesadillas, Foxboro fries, and Beli-chicken tenders. I'll take one of everything!

3. Buffalo Billiards

BB carries Sam Adams Boston Lager, Light AND seasonal in addition to having billiards, skeeball, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong and a handful of classic arcade games. Located in Dupont Circle, it's a convenient location to meet up with other Boston fans across the district. Patriots and Bruins fans have been known to spend game nights here.

4. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

I would not lead you outside D.C. if it wasn't worth it, but Murphy's is a diehard spot for all things New England sports. This tavern as authentically Irish as it gets, with the added bonus of welcoming Notre Dame fans as well. They reserve the upstairs level of the restaurant for Patriots games watch parties in season and plaster their televisions with NFL Sunday Ticket, ESPN Gameplan along with NHL, Big 10 and MLB pay-per-view packages.

5. Ireland's Four Courts

Four Courts has been a staple of the Arlington Courthouse neighborhood for nearly 20 years. You may have heard of them as a soccer pub, but they're also members of Patriots Nation. Four Courts keeps a hearty amount of Irish beer and whiskey on the menu for all drinking festivities.

6. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern

PQST is tons of fun for any sports fan and was voted the Washington Post's 2018 Best Sports Bar. They air every single DirecTV sports package and have an outdoor patio just three blocks from Capital One Arena. 

7. Church Hall

This Georgetown beer hall boasts liter pours of beer, including Narragansett and Allagash White on draft. With TVs lining the walls above seated booths and long hall tables, there's room for everyone to watch the game at Church Hall.

8. Penn Social

This sports bar with a patio and arcade is in the same family as Church Hall, so they're doing something right. PS keeps a 22-foot movie screen and nine 10-foot flatscreens to keep the games their patrons want are on while you're drinking in celebration or worry.

9. Public Bar

Public Bar was one of D.C.'s top-five sports bars until it temporarily closed in 2018. To class it up a bit, Public Bar was revived in March 2019 with a live music stage but retains its passion for being a sports bar. The revamped decor is modern yet sporty and attracts lively fans looking for any game.

10. Across the Pond

ATP serves better-than-average pub fare in the heart of Dupont Circle and is an official sponsor for a Boston Fans in D.C. group that regularly meets up for games and organizes events when Boston teams are in town, including buses to Camden Yards. One of the owners claims loyalty to the Red Sox, Pats and Bruins. 

11. Blackfinn Ameripub DC

To include an honorable mention outside the top 10, we land on Blackfinn Ameripub adjacent to Farragut Square. I have personally spent two Super Bowls here in five years of living in the D.C. area, just because so many Patriots fans meet up here. The classic bar food is spectacular, and the staff enjoys the spirit of gameday here. 

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Best places within driving distance to get out of Washington, D.C. on July 4th

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Best places within driving distance to get out of Washington, D.C. on July 4th

America’s birthday is just around the corner. The Fourth of July is arguably the most anticipated event of the summer and with most having the day off to celebrate, you’ll need a place to do so.

The most obvious choice would be to spend July 4th on the National Mall, but with the anticipation of record-breaking heat, tourists and general overcrowding, Washington, D.C. may not be the most ideal location to spend the holiday.

Here are the best places to get out of Washington, D.C. on July 4th within driving distance:

The Winery at Bull Run: Manassas, Virginia

If you’re looking to spend your Fourth of July at a winery, this is the place for you. The Winery at Bull Run is adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the Battle of Bull Run, one of the major battles of the Civil War. It’s the perfect place to not only enjoy your July 4th, yet be surrounded by some American history as well.

Leesburg, Virginia

Another historic location to spend your Fourth of July is in Leesburg, Virginia. Downtown Leesburg has an old, historic charm to it with shops, restaurants, microbreweries and wine kitchens. Beginning at 10 a.m, there will be an Independence Day parade. Venture outside of the historic downtown and find some of Virginia’s finest breweries and wineries. At night, head to Ida Lee Recreation Center for a concert and some of the best fireworks in Virginia.

Herndon, Virginia

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, and another historic Virginia town has one of the best events for the holiday. Herndon, Virginia located in Fairfax County, is hosting their annual July 4th event featuring games, live music and other family-friendly activities before their fireworks show in the evening.

Lake Anna, Virginia

Spend your Fourth of July at the Lake this year at one of the most popular destinations in Virginia, Lake Anna. Located only 72 miles south of Washington D.C., Lake Anna has a bunch of activities for everyone including watersports and hiking. Although fireworks aren’t scheduled on the 4th, stay through the weekend to watch the free fireworks show on Saturday, July 6.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Another patriotic destination to spend the Fourth of July is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville has a plethora of things to do for the 4th including, parades, fireworks and other celebrations across the city.

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