ROAD CLOSURES/PUBLIC ACCESS

Secure area

 

6 a.m.–11 p.m.

(all roads within perimeter closed 6 a.m.–11 p.m.)

 

11 a.m.–Midnight

Public screening entrance

First-aid station

 

Safe havens for emergency shelter

 

Bike parking

 

U.S. Capitol

1

NORTH

2,000 feet

2

Smithsonian

Folklife Festival

Parade

start

395

Wash. Mon.

(Closed all day)

FINISH

WWII Mem.

(open until

4 p.m.)

Fireworks

safety

zone

3

(No entry)

Arlington

Mem. Br.

(Pedestrians only)

4

Roosevelt Br.

Memorial

Circle

Roosevelt

Island

 

Arlington

National

Cemetery

110

Marine Corps

War Memorial

Netherlands

Carillon

5

Public screening entrance

First-aid station

 

ROAD CLOSURES/PUBLIC ACCESS

Secure area

 

6 a.m.–11 p.m.

Safe havens for emergency shelter

 

Bike parking

 

(all roads within perimeter closed 6 a.m.–11 p.m.)

 

11 a.m.–Midnight

NAVY YARD

UNION STATION

U.S. Capitol

Nationals Park

(Game starts

at 11:05 a.m.)

CAPITOL

SOUTH

NORTH

2,000 feet

FEDERAL CENTER SW

WATERFRONT

Smithsonian

Folklife Festival

Verizon

Center

GALLERY

PLACE

Parade

start

ARCHIVES

L’ENFANT

PLAZA

METRO

CENTER

FBI

Bldg.

East

Potomac

Park

SMITHSONIAN

FEDERAL TRIANGLE

Wash. Mon.

(Closed all day)

White

House

Ellipse

FINISH

WWII Mem.

(open until

4 p.m.)

Fireworks

safety

zone

395

3

D.C.

(No entry)

Lady Bird

Johnson Park

E St.

Expwy.

FOGGY BOTTOM/GWU

PENTAGON

Arlington

Mem. Br.

Kennedy

Center

Pentagon

(Pedestrians only)

27

Roosevelt Br.

Memorial

Circle

4

Roosevelt

Island

 

ARLINGTON CEMETERY

110

Arlington

National

Cemetery

Virginia

Marine Corps

War Memorial

key br.

Netherlands

Carillon

ROSSLYN

5

ROAD CLOSURES/PUBLIC ACCESS

Secure area

 

6 a.m.–11 p.m.

Public screening entrance

First-aid station

 

Safe havens for emergency shelter

 

Bike parking

 

(all roads within perimeter closed 6 a.m.–11 p.m.)

 

11 a.m.–Midnight

key br.

FOGGY BOTTOM/GWU

GALLERY

PLACE

White

House

METRO

CENTER

Verizon

Center

D.C.

E St.

Expwy.

Roosevelt

Island

 

UNION

STATION

FEDERAL

TRIANGLE

FBI

Bldg.

ROSSLYN

Virginia

3

4

Kennedy

Center

Ellipse

2

ARCHIVES

Roosevelt Br.

FINISH

1

Parade

start

5

Fireworks

safety

zone

U.S.

Capitol

Marine Corps

War Memorial

(No entry)

Memorial

Circle

Netherlands

Carillon

WWII Mem.

(open until

4 p.m.)

L’ENFANT

PLAZA

Arlington

Mem. Br.

CAPITOL

SOUTH

Wash. Mon.

(Closed all day)

ARLINGTON

CEMETERY

FEDERAL

CENTER SW

(Pedestrians only)

SMITHSONIAN

395

110

Smithsonian

Folklife

Festival

Arlington

National

Cemetery

Lady Bird

Johnson Park

NAVY YARD

WATERFRONT

395

27

East

Potomac

Park

Nationals Park

(Game starts

at 11:05 a.m.)

Pentagon

PENTAGON

1

The U.S. Capitol grounds open at 3 p.m. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A security check will be required for visitors.

2

Street closures between 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. on roads crossing the parade route along Constitution Avenue, including the 12th and Ninth Street tunnels.

3

Public access to the Mall begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Visitors are required to enter via security screening entrances.

4

Inbound bridge traffic to Constitution Avenue will be diverted to the E Street Expressway.

5

Route 50 ramps and roads in the area of the Marine Corps War Memorial will be closed from 3 p.m. to midnight.


Schedule of events

(All events are free)

July 4th at the National Archives

The highlight of this annual event is the 10 a.m. reading of the Declaration of Independence by actors portraying Abigail Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. D.C. band Brass Connection performs at 9 and 11 a.m., and family activities, including storytime and crafts, take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TIME 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LOCATION Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW

MORE INFORMATION http://www.archives.gov/


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Basque Country and the music of California are the focus of the annual cultural festival on the Mall, which takes place between Fourth and Seventh streets this year. The Sounds of California stage, located along Fourth Street, will host music and dance performances throughout the day.

TIME 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION On the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets

MORE INFORMATION http://www.festival.si.edu/


U.S. Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass Quintet

The military band will perform mini-concerts on the hour, with the last show at 2 p.m., inside the Air and Space Museum. Performances will last 20 minutes.

TIME 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION Independence Avenue and Sixth Street SW

MORE INFORMATION http://airandspace.si.edu/


National Independence Day Parade

Marching bands from around the country, fife-and-drum corps, members of the military and dignitaries participate in the two-hour parade, which travels Constitution Avenue NW from Seventh to 17th streets.

TIME 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION Starts at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW

MORE INFORMATION http://july4thparade.com/


U.S. Army Band Downrange

The U.S. Army Band’s pop music ensemble will perform a wide range of tunes, including patriotic arrangements, at the National Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

TIME 6 to 9:09 p.m.

LOCATION Independence Avenue and 15th Street SW

MORE INFORMATION http://usarmyband.com/


‘A Capitol Fourth’ Concert

Tom Bergeron hosts the annual star-studded concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Jackie Evancho and others are scheduled to perform at the show, which will be broadcast live on PBS. Two entrances, located on Third Street at Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW, open at 3 p.m. Attendees will be required to pass through security checkpoints. Insider tip: The dress rehearsal, which features most of the guests (but no fireworks), is Sunday at 8 p.m.

TIME 8 to 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION West Lawn of the Capitol

MORE INFORMATION http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/home/


The Washington skyline glitters

Public access to the Mall begins at 10 a.m. and requires a security screening. The Mall area next to the Smithsonian Metro station is closed due to turf restoration. Fireworks are launched from the Reflecting Pool area, so it will be especially loud around the Lincoln Memorial. If there are heavy rains, thunderstorms or high winds, the fireworks will be moved to Tuesday.

TIME 9:09 to 9:27 p.m.

LOCATION Can be viewed from multiple locations

MORE INFORMATION https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalmall4th/index.htm


Getting there

metro

Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Parking will be free at Metro operated facilities. The best Metro stops for getting close to the Mall are Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, L’Enfant Plaza, Metro Center, Capitol South and Foggy Bottom. The Smithsonian station will become “entrance only” after 9:30 p.m. Make sure you have a plastic SmarTrip card, as Metrorail has stopped accepting paper farecards.

bike

Free bike parking will be available on Independence Avenue SW between 14th and 15th streets (riders must provide their own locks). Capital Bikeshare will operate a corral at the 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW station from 3 to 10 p.m. Bikeshare stations inside the security perimeter will be unavailable.

car

Numerous roads around the Mall will be closed or subject to parking restrictions, so taking public transportation is encouraged.

Sources: National Park Service and staff reports

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