If you are planning to stay in the Washington, D.C. region on July 4th, you should be aware of the potential for huge crowds and changes to traffic patterns and public transit.
Let’s run down the key things to be aware of.
July 4 Celebration on the National Mall
There’s a lot going on near the National Mall and many events being organized by the National Park Service. Expect heavy crowds and road closures in the vicinity of these events. You can see a schedule of events here, but highlights include:
National Independence Day Parade - 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW
A Capitol Fourth! concert - 8 - 9:30 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Fireworks - 9:07 - 9:27 p.m. Visible throughout D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia.
Road and Site Closures
The National Park Service has a long list of road closures from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
In addition, several sites will be off limits including the East Potomac Golf Course and tennis center. The WWII Memorial and Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorials will be closed during the fireworks.
Metro will run additional trains to accommodate those attending the fireworks display and other events. Metro will run a normal Saturday schedule until 6 p.m., when it intends to run at rush hour service levels until 11:30 p.m.
There will be no track work scheduled and all stations will be open. However, Arlington Cemetery and Smithsonian stations will be “entrance only” after 9 p.m. to allow for crowds returning to stations after the fireworks.
Off-peak fares will be in effect, and parking will be free at Metro facilities.
The MARC Penn Line will operate on the Saturday schedule. There will be no service on the Camden or Brunswick Lines. The bike car will be in use, though bikes will not be allowed on Metro trains.
No Circulator, No Water Taxis
The DC Circulator National Mall Route will not be operating on July 4. The Potomac Riverboat Company water taxi will also not be operating.
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