Park Service announces D.C. road closures for inaugural welcome celebrations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Park Service has announced road closures for Thursday, Jan. 19, on which there will be pre-inauguration celebration events at the Lincoln Memorial.

The welcome events are called Voices of the People and Make America Great Again! and will go from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


The following roads will be closed and off-limits to vehicles starting at 4 a.m. on Thursday:

  • Constitution Avenue (23rd Street to 15th Street)
  • 23rd Street NW (Virginia Avenue NW  to Independence Avenue SW)
  • Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • 22nd Street NW (C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • 21st Street NW (Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • 20th Street NW (C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • 19th Street NW (Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • 18th Street NW (Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • Virginia Ave NW (18th Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW)
  • 17th Street NW (New York Ave NW to Independence Avenue SW)
  • Independence Avenue SW (23rd Street NW to 17th Street NW)
  • Daniel French Drive SW
  • Ohio Drive SW (Independence Avenue SW to Inlet Bridge)
  • West Basin Drive SW (Ohio Drive SW to Independence Avenue SW)
  • Rock Creek Parkway (Virginia Avenue SW to Ohio Drive SW)
  • Parkway Drive
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (at 10 am on Jan. 19th, a full closure will occur with all traffic being diverted onto Northbound Potomac River Freeway)


The following National Park Service sites will be closed beginning at 4 a.m. on Thursday until after the end of the event, expected to be around 6 p.m.:

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • D.C. War Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • World War II Memorial


Concert-goers are strongly advised to use public transportation. Metro stations near the Lincoln Memorial that will remain open throughout the day include Foggy Bottom/GWU, Farragut West, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Farragut North, and McPherson Square. Please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at for more information on transportation planning.

NOTE: Concert-goers should NOT plan to use the Arlington Cemetery Metro stop; the closest available station will be Foggy Bottom/GWU.


Access points will open at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19.

Ticketed spectators will enter from Henry Bacon Drive (off Constitution Avenue NW, west of 22nd Street).

Access points for the general public (non-ticketed) will be located at the following locations; they will remain open until the venue can no longer accommodate additional spectators:

  • North Elm Walk, east end of the Reflecting Pool at World War II Memorial
  • South Elm Walk, east end of the Reflecting Pool at World War II Memorial


All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the concert venue. Please allow additional time for the security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.


To receive text alerts, advisories, traffic information, and additional updates about the concert via the Nixle community information service, text INAUG to 888777.


The following items will be prohibited at the concert:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18” by 13” by 7”)
  • Bicycles
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20’ x 3’ x 1/4”)
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
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