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World Cup fever? We've got you covered in more ways than one

Thursday - 6/26/2014, 6:22am  ET

WASHINGTON -- Many of us in this World Cup-watching town have a dilemma. With the US taking on Germany at noon Thursday, are you calling in sick so you can watch the match, or sneaking a peek at the office?

U.S. Soccer is offering help in the form of an excuse letter signed by U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. All you have to do is print it out, add your name, and hand it to your boss:

There's no shortage of places to watch the match around the region, and we put together a list of some:

  • Dupont Festival and the German Embassy have teamed up to present a big screen watch party in Dupont Circle, starting at 11:30 a.m.

  • National Harbor will show the match on a big screen.

  • Doors open at 11 a.m. for Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse's watch party. Admission is free.

  • The Fillmore Silver Spring wil also show the match at no charge.

  • Public Bar is drawing World Cup crowds by showing the matches on its 240 inch HD projector.

  • Fado Irish Pub in D.C. is throwing open its doors at 9 a.m. ahead of the match.

  • Biergarten Haus, on H Street NE, opens at 11 a.m. for its viewing party.

  • Also opening at 11 a.m. is Laughing Man Tavern, a hangout for the D.C. Chapter of the American Outlaws, supporters of the U.S. National Team.

  • Penn Social will be showing the match on at least 8 of its HD projectors.

Several businesses are offering freebies tied to this match and others:

  • During the viewing party at D.C.'s Capitol Lounge, U.S. fans get a free shot of Jack Daniels after every U.S. goal.

  • Wear a soccer jersey to any Sha ke Shack during any World Cup game, and you'll get a free cup of fresh spun custard.

  • Ivy and Coney's World Cup special is a free hot dog when you buy a beer from 12-4 p.m. Thursday.

  • Pinstripes in Georgetown is giving away free gelato every time the U.S. and Italy score World Cup goals.

  • After each U.S. World Cup win, Astro Doughnuts will serve up free USA doughnuts to the first 32 customers who come to their shop.

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