WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- The Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority says Metrorail will open at 7:00 am and close at midnight on Independence Day.
Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule for most of the day, ramping up to rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks display. There is no scheduled track work on July 4.
Parking is free at all Metro-operated lots and garages.
Off-peak rail fares will be in effect all day. To avoid lines, load enough value on your SmartTrip or paper farecard for your entire round trip.
Each trip taken with a a paper farecard costs $1 more than those taken with a SmartTrip card. SmartTrip cards are available at all Metrorail stations, as well as local CVS, Giant and Safeway stores and Metro sales offices.
WMATA recommends that customers plan their trip to a station on the same line as their starting point to avoid congestion at transfer stations. All Metrorail lines have stations within a short walk of the National Mall. They should walk back to the same station at the end of the event.
Riders use stations other than the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle. These two stations often see the heaviest ridership (all largest crowds) for National Mall events. Also, note that the Smithsonian Station will be "entry-only" at the conclusion of the fireworks display.
METRO July Fourth Service
See Something? Say Something? While there are no specific or credible threats against Metro at this time, Metro Transit Police reminds riders to report any unattended items or suspicious activity to the nearest uniformed employee or call Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121.
Metrobus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. Buses that travel near the National Mall may be subject to detours. Customers can check www.wmata.com/alerts/bus for more details.
No bicycles or large coolers will be allowed on Metrorail. For safety reasons, and to make room for everyone, these large items will be restricted on July 4. However, collapsible bicycles are permitted.
Information provided by WMATA