On Thursday, July 4, there will be celebrations all over the country. Many people are coming to events held here in DC. Together with the event on the National Mall, there will be street closures affecting residents of Southwest especially, but worth noting for anyone trying to get around the District.
Notably, the Florida Marlins are in town to play the Nationals, which could lead to increased traffic around the stadium. Most of Barracks Row will be closed from 10 a.m. to about noon for the Capitol Hill Community Fourth of July Parade.
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. There are also restrictions affecting watercraft on the rivers, and entry to National Parks.
Check below for details.
In and around the Hill:
The Washington Nationals will host the Miami Marlins at the Nationals Stadium at 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Traffic disruptions and increased pedestrian presence should be expected.
- The baseball game will start at 11:05 a.m.
The Capitol Hill Fourth of July Parade 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 parade from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., taking place along Eighth Street SE from D Street to I Street SE
- Eighth Street SE form D Street to I Street SE
- E Street SE between Seventh Street and Ninth Street SE
- G Street SE between Seventh Street and Ninth Street SE
National Mall Events
The following streets will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking on July 4 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
- Ninth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- Seventh Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- Sixth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
- Fourth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- Third 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 (NPS) 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 due to July 4th events, from approximately 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- Ninth Street Tunnel
- 12th Street Tunnel
The 3rd Street Tunnel will remain open for travel into and out of the city.
National Mall Public Entry Access points on July 4th will open at 10:00 a.m.
- Constitution Avenue and 20th Street NW
- Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW
- Madison Drive and 15th Street NW
- West side of 14th Street, north of Independence Avenue SW
- Maine Avenue and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (i.e. formerly 15th Street)
- East Basin Drive, just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from this checkpoint)
- East Basin Drive at the Inlet Bridge
Motorists are reminded that stopping or standing is prohibited on any city streets or roadways to observe the fireworks. Motorists doing so should expect to be ticketed and possibly towed.
Public transportation is always recommended on days with increased crowd presence. Visit https://www.wmata.com/ for alternative public transportation options and to learn about any metro closures.
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
See Something, Say Something
All street closures and listed times are subject to change. People should expect parking restrictions along these streets 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.
The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also want to remind motorists in the vicinity of these events to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.
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.
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