Several street closures are in place for the 4th of July.
Drivers should avoid the following areas:
Closed from 6 a.m until approximately 10 p.m.
- Arlington Memorial Bridge and Arlington Memorial Circle on the Virginia end, to and including Lincoln Memorial Circle in the District
- Rock Creek Parkway south of Virginia Avenue NW to Lincoln Memorial Circle, including all approaches and ramps
- Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle
- Henry Bacon Drive NW
- Daniel Chester French Drive SW
- Lincoln Memorial Circle and all approaches and ramps into and out of Lincoln Memorial Circle, including Henry Bacon Drive N, Daniel Chester French Drive SW, 23rd Street NW and 23rd Street SW
- Ramp from Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge to Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW and Ohio Drive SW; all inbound traffic from the bridge will be directed to the E Street Expressway
- Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to 14th Street NW
- 7th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- 4th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- 15th Street NW from E Street NW south to Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
- 17th Street, NW from E Street NW south to Independence Avenue SW
- 18th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Virginia Avenue NW
- 19th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
- 20th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
- 21st Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
- 22nd Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street NW
- Virginia Avenue NW from Constitution Avenue NW to 18th Street NW
- C Street NW from 17th Street NW to 18th Streets NW
- D Street NW from 17th Street NW to 18th Street NW
- Raoul Wallenberg Place SW to Maine Avenue SW
- Independence Avenue SW from 14th Street SW to 23rd Street SW, including merge with Rock Creek Parkway
- Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
- Jefferson Drive SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
- Ohio Drive, SW from the Inlet Bridge to Independence Avenue, SW
- West Basin Drive SW from Ohio Drive SW to Independence Avenue, SW
- East Basin Drive SW east of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to Ohio Drive SW
- Ramp from southbound and northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Memorial Avenue /Circle
- Ramp from northbound Va. Route 110 to Memorial Avenue/Circle
- Ramp from Va. Route 27 to Memorial Avenue/Circle
- The right lane of northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway from the 14th Street Bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Closed from 11 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m.
- 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
- Constitution Avenue NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 14th Street NW
- 14th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- Right lane of northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway from the 14th Stree Bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island
Closed from 3 p.m. until approximately 12 a.m., July 5
- Eastbound U.S. Route 50 ramps to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and roads in the immediate area of U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial;
- Southbound GWMP ramp to 14th Street Bridge (9 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. as necessary)
- Northbound GWMP ramp to 14th Street Bridge (9 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. as necessary)
The Washington Monument will close at 5 p.m. on July 3 and be closed all day on July 4.
The World War II Memorial will close at 4 p.m. on July 4 as part of the fireworks safety zone. Cleanup of the World War II Memorial will begin immediately following the fireworks show and the site will open as soon as the cleanup is complete.
Access to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be limited after 8 p.m. The memorial will remain open, but the public will not be able to access the memorial from Independence Ave. after 8 p.m. Access will be available from West Basin and Ohio Drives.
- Paddle boats at the Tidal Basin will not operate.
- Big Bus Tours will not operate on the Mall on July 4.
- The D.C. Circulator’s National Mall route will not operate on July 4.
- East Potomac Golf Course will close at 3:30 p.m. (last 18-hole tee time will be 11 a.m., last 9-hole tee time will be 1 p.m.)
- East Potomac Tennis Center will close at 3 p.m.
- Potomac Riverboat Company water taxi service to the National Mall will not operate.
Precautions against the heat
Summer temperatures in the nation's capital can climb well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the humidity, it can feel close to or more than 100 degrees. Sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can result from excessive heat exposure. Senior citizens and those suffering from chronic medical conditions may be more susceptible.
Take the following precautions to protect yourself against the heat:
- Drink plenty of water
- Bring a water bottle and drink water throughout the day even when you are not thirsty
- Minimize consumption of beverages containing caffeine or alcohol
- Eat a healthy breakfast and normal meals throughout the day
- Take frequent shade breaks to cool off
- Periodically get out of the heat and into air conditioning, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Avoid overexertion
- Reduce exertion during the hottest hours
- Loosen clothing and cool off outside before entering an air-conditioned space
- Bring extra medication.
If you are taking any prescribed medication for illness or medical conditions, be sure to bring extra doses just in case and have the medication information easily available in case medical providers need to know when treating in an emergency.
If you or someone you know exhibits the following signs and symptoms, go to a Medical Aid Station or summon help as soon as possible.
The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Profuse sweating
- Nausea, headache, dizziness
- Weakness, exhaustion
- Cool, pale, flushed or ashen skin
- Increased body temperature
- The symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Red, hot skin
- Change in level of consciousness (may become unresponsive)
- Rapid or shallow breathing
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Body temperature of 104 degrees F or above
- Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. Cool victims rapidly with splashed water and fanning. Summon help immediately.
Please follow these precautions if you are located near the launch site (Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool) during the fireworks display:
- Consider wearing eye protection and hearing protection
- Do not attempt to enter the fenced safety zones around the launch site
- Following the fireworks, do not walk along Independence Avenue, SW between Daniel Chester French Drive, SW and 17th Street, SW until safety teams clear the area of potentially harmful fireworks debris
The Independence Day Celebration is a great time for children. But there will be large crowds and children do sometimes wander off. Here are some things to do to help:
- Take a picture of your child in the clothes that they are wearing the day of the event and carry it with you (cell phones are great for this).
- Put a laminated card with your name and cell phone number in your child's pocket.
- Check out the Lost and Found page to see where lost children will be taken if/when found.
Prohibited Items and Activities
Visitors will be screened at all entrance points. All coolers, backpacks, packages, and persons will be subject to inspection.
No grills, alcohol, glass containers, or personal fireworks are permitted on NPS property
Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft on National Park Serviced property is strictly prohibited.
Personal tents that block other visitors' views and tents that require stakes are prohibited on the National Mall and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Due to limited space on the Washington Monument grounds, visitors are asked to refrain from recreational activities (e.g. –volleyball, badminton, etc.).
It is strongly recommend that pets be left at home.
Possession of firearms in national parks is prohibited, governed by federal as well as local law, which may vary depending on the jurisdiction in which the national park is located. All visitors should be aware of and follow applicable firearms laws of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
There is no parking allowed in the lanes of, or the grassy areas adjacent to, the George Washington Memorial Parkway at any time.
- Leave pets at home
- Travel by Metro
- Bring plenty of water
Due to safety concerns and large crowds, no grills, alcohol, glass bottles, or personal fireworks are permitted on NPS property, as grilling and personal fireworks risk fires.
Getting to the National Mall:
Visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to the National Mall, the Capitol and George Washington Memorial Parkway on July 4. Visit WMATA for public transit information.
Smithsonian Metro is the closest metro stop to the fireworks area. Due to the possibility of overcrowding at Smithsonian, travelers are encouraged to use other nearby Metro stations such as Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, L'Enfant Plaza, Archives/Navy Memorial, or Metro Center.
If you choose to drive, free, public parking is extremely limited during this event. Limited parking is available on Hains Point, accessible via I-395 or Maine Avenue from the east only. Vehicles will not be allowed on or around the National Mall. Numerous Road Closures will affect your ability to navigate areas of Washington, D.C. and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
National Mall - The following public entry points for the National Mall will open at 10 a.m. unless otherwise indicated, and will remain open until 9 p.m. Visitors will be screened at all access points.
· South side of Memorial Bridge
· Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW
· Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW (opens at 2 p.m.)
· West side of 14th Street NW at Madison Drive NW (opens at 2 p.m.)
· 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)
· East Basin Drive at Inlet Bridge SW
U.S. Capitol grounds – Public access begins at 3 p.m. to view A Capitol Fourth, with a security check required of all visitors. Seating on the lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrances will be at:
· 3rd Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
· 3rd Street SW and Maryland Avenue SW
George Washington Memorial Parkway – Fireworks can be viewed from the following locations along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. There is no access to the National Mall from these locations:
· U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and Netherlands Carillon
· Columbia Island/Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove ( Access to the Potomac Riverfront is now possible via the new bike/pedestrian tunnel that runs underneath the Boundary Channel Bridge (a.k.a. the “Humpback Bridge”)
· Gravelly Point, north of National Airport
· Washington Sailing Marina/Indigo Landing Restaurant at Daingerfield Island
All visitors are required to enter via an Event Entrance, where entrants will be subject to security screening. Seating space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please check the Prohibited Items page before attending the event.