How much time before July 4th does it start to get really crowded in DC? I would like to come June 23- 29, but it would be about $300 cheaper with hotel rates if I came June 27- July 3. I would think hotel rates would go up getting closer to July 4th, but I guess not. I would rather not be in the city so close to the holiday, but I may if it will save a bunch of money. So, would there be a noticeable difference in the crowds for these dates? If the crowd sizes get much bigger going into July I would rather leave the end of June. If it's going to be really crowded either way, I would stay into July and save the money.
June 23-29 is Sunday-Saturday
June 27-July 3 is Thursday-Wednesday