We had a great stay at the GCH last week. I had paid for a Woods/Courtyard view, and we were placed into room 3351 which was awesome. We had a nice filtered view of DCA and the entrance from the hotel into the park. We could see the fireworks very well, we were very pleased. There was a daily pool party, with music and games, at the Fountain pool for "all ages", but generally only children participated. It seemed fairly popular. The pool party happened each day from 2-3 when we were there. I would guess it will go until Labor Day, or so. It was not listed on the activities sheet that I received, so I thought parents may want to know.