Lived in DC suburbs 10 years and never seen the fireworks with the kids. Decided to book a room in the city at the last minute for the 4th of July. Information on forum helped me with my bid strategy. Basically found that when bidding for a 4*, I had six free bids zones. I had to use five of the free bids, but got a price I feel is very reasonable -- $88/night. Website rate is about $170/night. Progressive bids, adding a zone each time that did not have a 4* hotel (zones 2, 4, 7, 10, 11): $60, $65, $70, $75, $82, $88. Thanks for website. I used your PRICELINE link.