Women (and presumably others) will march on Washington again on a hot, muggy D.C. Friday, starting with a 10 a.m. morning protest in front of the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax city and culminating with a vigil Saturday morning in front of the Department of Justice.
The route starts on U.S. 50 in Fairfax, then transitions primarily to Lee Highway (U.S. 29) for the approach to Washington. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate, according to the Woman’s March NRA 2 DOJ website.
On Friday, protesters will begin gathering in front of NRA headquarters at 9 a.m. and begin holding a rally at 10 a.m. The march begins at noon and will last into the afternoon/evening rush hour (assuming 3-4 mph pace for about 1,000 expected participants with varying physical abilities).
On Saturday, protesters will gather again at 10 a.m. for a vigil and rally in front of the Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Motorists in the 800 and 900 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, should expect delays, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The closest Metrorail station to the NRA headquarters is the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU stop on the Orange Line. Passengers would then require a transfer to Metrobus 1B or 2B to get to the NRA. Other stations along the prospective route are the West Falls Church and East Falls Church stops, which are 4-6 blocks away.
Food and Comfort Breaks
The prospective route along Arlington Boulevard and Lee Highway features many restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses where marchers can buy food and water, use the restroom, enjoy air conditioning or power up phones.
Marchers will face a hot, humid day with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs are forecast to reach 92 degrees with the most common rainfall projected in the 0.25-0.50 inches range.
The Metropolitan Police Department expects marchers to arrive in the District between 7-10 p.m., and shut down one lane of traffic along the following route:
- Head northeast on the Francis Scott Key Bridge to M Street NW
- East on M Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 17th Street NW
- South on 17th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- East on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 15th Street NW
- South on 15th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- East on Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (where the group will rally and disburse)