WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Visitors and residents to Washington, D.C. can expect a busy schedule of events during the July 4th holiday.
Some of the main events being held on Thursday are the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue, the Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial, A Capitol Fourth celebration on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the fireworks display near the Lincoln Memorial.
Here are the main traffic advisories, closures, schedule changes and events schedule from DDOT, Metro and the NPS for Thursday, July 4th.
JULY 4TH EVENTS IN DC AREA NATIONAL PARKS
National Independence Day Parade
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday!
Salute to America
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial
President Donald J. Trump honors America's armed forces with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band ("Pershing's Own"), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
This all-star salute to America's 243rd birthday with performances by Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King, multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, the National Symphony Orchestra, and a special appearance by the Sesame Street Muppets!
9:07 p.m., National Mall & Neighboring Parks
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display launched from West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial which will be visible from many locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. The fireworks will be canceled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds.
The following streets will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking for the event from approximately 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.:
- Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (TR Bridge) Inbound to Constitution Avenue; all traffic will be diverted to the E Street Expressway
- Independence Avenue, SW from 15th Street to 23rd Street, SW
- 23rd Street, NW (northbound) from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue, NW; southbound 23rd Street, NW will be allowed to flow and access outbound TR Bridge
- 22nd Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 21st Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 20th Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 19th Street, NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 18th Street, NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 17th Street, NW from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 15th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW
- 14th Street, NW from Pennsylvania to Independence Avenue, SW
- 12th Street, NW from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 9th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 7th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
- 6th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 4th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
- 3rd Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
- Henry Bacon Drive, NW from Constitution Avenue to Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW
- Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 23rd Street, NW
- Arlington Memorial Bridge (to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic)
- Southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be closed at Virginia Avenue, NW
- Maine Avenue, SW will be closed at I-395 to all westbound traffic
- Access to East Potomac Park from I-395 will be by National Park Service permit only
- The northbound HOV lanes of the 14th Street Bridge will be diverted to eastbound I-395. The northbound main lanes of the 14th Street Bridge will also be diverted to eastbound I-395.
The following tunnels will be closed for the event from approximately 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- 9th Street Tunnel
- 12th Street Tunnel
The 3rd Street Tunnel will remain open for travel into and out of the city.
Motorists are reminded that stopping or standing is prohibited on any city streets or roadways to observe the fireworks. Motorists shall expect to be ticketed and/or towed if found in violation.
Please visit https://www.wmata.com/ for alternative public transportation options into and out of the city, as well as any metro closures.
National Mall Public Entry Access points on July 4th will open at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m.
- Constitution Avenue NW and 20th Street NW
- Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW
- West side of 15th Street NW at Madison Drive NW
- West side of 14th Street SW at Jefferson Drive SW
- Maine Avenue SW and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (15th Street SW)
- East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)
In addition to events on the National Mall, motorists should expect heavy traffic and delays around other Fourth of July activities taking place in the city:
The Washington Nationals will host the Miami Marlins at the Nationals Stadium at 1500 South Capitol Street, SE. The baseball game will start at 11:05 a.m.
The Palisades Citizens Association will host their annual Palisades Parade at 11:00 a.m.
The following street will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking for the Palisades Parade from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
- MacArthur Boulevard, NW from Whitehaven Park to Edmunds Place, NW
The Fourth of July on Barracks Row will take place at 10:00 a.m.
The following street will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking for the Barracks Row parade from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:
- 8th Street, SE from D Street to I Street, SE
The following streets will be closed for the Barracks Row parade from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:
- E Street, SE between 7th Street and 9th Street, SE
- G Street, SE between 7th Street and 9th Street, SE
For more information on July 4, 2019 watercraft restrictions on the Potomac River, please visit: https://mpdc.dc.gov/release/mpd-announces-watercraft-restrictions-fourth-july-celebration
All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.
The public should expect parking restrictions along the street and should be guided by the posted emergency no parking signage. All vehicles that are parked in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed.
While you are at the 2019 Independence Day Celebration events, it's important you have the latest information at your fingertips. For official information from DC Government related to the 2019 Independence Day Celebrations, text JULY4DC to 888-777 to receive free alerts on weather, traffic, transit, and more.
Residents and visitors of the District are urged to be vigilant and follow the motto, "if you see something, say something." To report immediate threats or emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity or behavior, call 202-727-9099 or text 50-411. For more information visit https://mpdc.dc.gov/capitalwatch.
Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wishes to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated. As always, do not drink and drive.
Hours and Service
- Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m.
Note: Last train time vary by station. Visit wmata.com/stations for specific times.
- Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule, every 12 minutes on each line until about 2 p.m. gradually ramping up to near rush-hour service levels thereafter.
- Scheduled track work on the Blue and Yellow lines continues; free shuttle buses replace trains between Reagan National Airport and Van Dorn Street & Huntington stations. If connecting to the Express shuttles at Pentagon Transit Center, follow signage for boarding location changes.
- Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers are not permitted after 2:00 p.m.
Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day.
Metrobus: Saturday schedule. Expect detours around the National Mall.
MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are canceled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.
Customer Service: Open 7 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. by calling 202 637-7000; Lost & Found will be closed.
Traveling To The National Mall
The closest station to the Mall is Smithsonian, however this is not your best choice. While many passengers choose to use Smithsonian, this station can become overcrowded during larger Mall events. Metro recommends selecting a destination station on the same line as your origin to avoid the need to transfer. There is a station near the Mall on every line. Here is a list of suggested stations:
- Foggy Bottom Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- Due to this stations proximity to the Lincoln Memorial, it may become "exit only" prior to festivities and "entry only" afterward.
- Metro Center Red Line Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- Federal Triangle Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- Archives Yellow Line Green Line
- Gallery Place Red Line Yellow Line Green Line
- Judiciary Square Red Line
- Union Station Red Line
- L'Enfant Plaza Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line Yellow Line Green Line
- Capitol South Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- Federal Center SW Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- Arlington Cemetery Blue Line
- Important: Due to changes in this year's festivities, the Memorial Bridge will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If you are traveling to the National Mall, do not use Arlington Cemetery Station.
- Smithsonian Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
- The National Mall side of Smithsonian station will become "entry only" after 9 p.m. to accommodate returning crowds.
- The Independence Avenue entrance of Smithsonian station will be available for both entry and exit throughout the entire day.
- Metrobus will operate on a Saturday schedule. View the timetable for the times of your route
- Metrobus routes 7A, 10A, 10N, 16A, 16E & 22A will operate from S Hayes St & 12th Street (Pentagon City Metrorail station) all day, Thursday, July 4
- Express shuttle bus service to/from Franconia and Huntington station will continue to operate from Pentagon Transit Center.
- Details of Metrobus detours:
- Determine your fare, use the Trip Planner and enter July 4 as the travel date. Each passenger must have his or her own SmarTrip card or One-Day Pass.
- Multiple trips? Buy a One-Day Pass for $13.00. To avoid potentially long lines at fare vending machines, all Metro riders are encouraged to purchase a One-Day Pass. By purchasing a One-Day Pass, a rider can take unlimited trips on Metrorail and Metrobus throughout the day.
- Buy in advance. Skip the long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card.
- Buy in advance. Skip the long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card.
- Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers will not be permitted on Metrorail after 2 p.m.
- Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited.
- Traveling with a stroller? Use elevators, not escalators.
- Always stand back from the platform edge for your safety.
- When boarding the train, step all the way into the car to make room for passengers boarding behind you.
Safety & Security
- Prohibited items at many events include alcohol, bicycles, explosives/fireworks, glass containers, coolers, animals (except service animals), weapons, and more. Be sure to check the event website for a complete list. If in doubt about whether an item will be permitted, it is best to leave it home.
- See something suspicious? Say something! Report suspicious activity or unattended items to Metro Transit Police. Call 202-962-2121 or text MyMTPD (696873).
- For assistance by phone, call Customer Information at (202) 637-7000.
- Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
The following watercraft restrictions will be in place on the Potomac River from approximately 4:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.:
- South of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to the Arlington Memorial Bridge will be a No Anchorage Zone.
- There will be a designated anchorage zone north of the 14th Street Bridge on the west side of the Potomac River (Virginia shore side); this zone will be just north of the entrance to the Pentagon Lagoon to south of the Arlington Memorial Bridge.
- There will be a watercraft safety zone north of the 14th Street Bridge on the east side of the Potomac River (Washington, DC side); this zone will be just north of the entrance to the Pentagon Lagoon to south of the Arlington Memorial Bridge. This means no boating, no anchoring.
- Watercrafts will be allowed to anchor outside of the channel north of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and south of the 14th Street Bridge.
- There may be intermittent travel restrictions between the 14th Street Bridge and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge between the hours of 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Watercraft operators will be expected to follow the restrictions and remain alert for posted signage and buoys. MPD recommends that all watercraft operators and passengers not only have a life jacket or a personal floatation device, but wear it at all times while boating. As always, do not drink and operate a watercraft.
Boaters seeking additional information should contact MPD's Harbor Patrol Unit at 202-727-4582.
NATIONAL MALL STORM SHELTER LOCATIONS
In the event of inclement weather, the following locations are designated as safe havens:
- Department of Agriculture building (1400 Independence Avenue SW)
- Department of the Interior building (1849 C Street NW)
- Herbert C. Hoover Building (1401 Constitution Avenue NW)
- Internal Revenue Service building (1111 Constitution Avenue NW)
- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F Street NW)
- Office of Personnel Management building (1900 E Street NW)
- Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW)
- Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (1050 Independence Avenue SW)
- Smithsonian Castle (1000 Jefferson Drive SW)
- Smithsonian National Museum of American History (1300 Constitution Avenue NW)
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW)
- Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Avenue SW)
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Sl. SW)