WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands are expected to descend on the National Mall on Wednesday for a day-long celebration that includes the National Independence Day parade, concert, and fireworks display.
City leaders say participants should expect a lot of traffic and pedestrians, road closures, and another day of intense heat.
They are urging everyone to prepare and we have a list of what you need to know:
The following roads will be closed from 5:00 am until approximately 11:00 pm:
• Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Inbound to Constitution Avenue. All traffic will be diverted to the E Street Expressway.
• Independence Avenue, SW, from 15th Street to 23rd Street
• 23rd Street Northbound from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue, NW. Southbound 23rd Street will be allowed to flow and access outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
• 22nd Street, NW, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
• 21st Street, NW, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
• 20th Street, NW, from C Street to Constitution Avenue
• 19th Street, NW, from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
• 18th Street, NW, from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
• 17th Street, NW from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue
• 15th Street, NW, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue, Southwest
• Henry Bacon Drive Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue, NW
• Constitution Avenue from 6th Street to 23rd Street, NW
• Arlington Memorial Bridge
• Southbound Rock Creek Parkway closed at Virginia Avenue, NW
• 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, to Independence Avenue, SW
• 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, to Independence Avenue, SW
• 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW
Closed from 3:00 am until approximately 11:00 pm:
• 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, and Maryland Ave, SW
The 3rd Street tunnel will remain open for the entire day. The 9th Street and 12th Street tunnels will be closed during the Independence Day Parade from approximately 11:15 am until approximately 4:00 pm.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a press conference on Monday that they collaborate with U.S. Park Police, Capitol Police, and will have an increased number of uniformed officers and officers in plain clothes on the mall. They will also increase staffing at all of their districts to be prepared for calls across the city.
As of now, there is no credible threat to the D.C. area or any indication of any specific attacks targeting the city.
Police will have security fencing and multiple checkpoints along the mall. The Red Cross will also be on scene to provide cooling stations and assist anyone who has a medical emergency.
The National Park Service says they will be partnering with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services, and Arlington County Fire Department, as well as over 100 emergency medical service volunteers to provide medical services on the National Mall and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Medical Aid Stations will be clearly identified by red banners with a blue star of life on it.
Ensuring effective communication across the District, the Bowser Administration will also activate HSEMA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC).
Residents and visitors will be able to receive important and emergency information from USPP and HSEMA by texting JULY4DC to 888777.
Residents, visitors, and commuters, are strongly encouraged to use public transportation when visiting Downtown on July 4.
Metro will be operating on a Saturday schedule and will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m. Off-peak fares will be in effect al day and parking will be free at metro-operated facilities.
Metro is also allowing riders to carry and drink water on the system and through Wednesday night.
The DC Circulator will implement the following service adjustments on July 4:
• The National Mall route will be suspended all day.
• The Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza and Congress Heights – Union Station routes will detour to 11th Street SE between M Street SE and Pennsylvania SE from 6:00 am until noon due to the parade on Barracks Row.
• The Key Bridge may not be accessible to vehicles immediately after the fireworks on the National Mall conclude due to anticipated heavy pedestrian traffic. In the event of the temporary closure of the Key Bridge, the Dupont Circle – Georgetown – Rosslyn Route will be limited to the DC side of the Potomac River.
The DC Streetcar will operate its regular weekday schedule from 6:00 am until midnight.
Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) will provide a bike corral at the 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW station to accommodate the large number of riders expected to use the system to visit the National Mall on July 4. The corral will be available from 3:00 pm until one hour after the fireworks conclude. Riders should consult the CaBi mobile app before starting their trip.
The following stations, located within the parade’s secured areas, are accessible but will not be serviced due to road closures:
• Henry Bacon Drive & Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
• Lincoln Memorial
• 17th Street & Independence Avenue SW
• Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW / MLK & FDR Memorials
• Jefferson Memorial
• Jefferson Drive & 14th Street SW
Parking meters and enforcement in residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions, and tow abandoned vehicles will not be in effect, except in the following locations:
• Meters (not impacted by road closures) that are operated by the National Park Service or anywhere that Emergency No Parking Signs are posted along the National Mall.
• The streets located in the Stadium Event Zone (bounded by the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, 5th Street SE, Delaware Avenue/2nd Street SW, and the Anacostia River) as a result of the event at Nationals Park
• Along the DC Streetcar line during its hours of operation
For more information on performances, events, and tips, visit the National Park Service website.