National Mall ready for a busy Fourth celebration

WASHINGTON DC – If you’re ready for a busy Independence Day the city of Washington DC will keep you hopping.

It could begin with the National Independence Day Parade. That gets started around 11:45 a.m. and will wind down Constitution Avenue NW from 7th – 17th Streets.

Also on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. between 3rd and 4th Streets NW.

Around dinner time, the United States Navy Band will strike up a free concert starting 6 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument.

There’s also the annual free concert on the National Mall that’s shared with the nation live. A Capitol Fourth begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 9:30 on the U. S. Capitol West Lawn.

Fireworks are expected to begin around 9:09 p.m. over the National Mall.

All these events are free and are expected to help draw an approximate 700,000 visitors to Washington DC to help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

Metro will stay open until midnight to help deal with all those visitors though during most of the day the trains will run on a Saturday schedule.

If you are headed down for the festivities driving is not recommended.

On Monday, crews spent time setting up tents and adding to the fencing that will help control the crowds.

Authorities have said they have no direct information that leads them to worry about safety but will have extra patrols on hand to help protect the people celebrating the nation's birthday.