The Fourth of July is a time of celebrating like no other on the National Mall!
This year's celebration will be hosted by John Stamos and will feature performances by the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, the Broadway cast of Escape To Margaritaville, the Temptations and much more.
Gates to the West Law of the U.S. Capitol will open to the public at 3 p.m. for the spectacular celebration that is co-sponsored by the National Park and the National Symphony Orchestra, click here for more.
With it being such a massive celebration, there are many factors to be aware of before heading out -- street closures, what time to arrive by and what not to bring. Don't fret it though, because we have you covered with everything you need to know below.
According to D.C. police, the following streets will be closed from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Click here to view more from mayor.dc.gov.
- 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
The following streets will be closed from 3 a.m. until 11 p.m.
- 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, and Maryland Ave, SW
Note: 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 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
There will also be road closures in place for the Barracks Row Parade and the Palisades Parade. According to D.C. police, those closures are as follows:
Barracks Row Parade
The following roads will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
- 8th Street, SE from Pennsylvania Avenue, SE to Virginia Avenue, SE
- D Street, SE from 7th Street, SE to Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
- E Street, SE from 7th Street, SE to 9th Street, SE
- G Street, SE from 7th Street, SE to 9th Street, SE
- I Street, SE from 7th Street, SE to 9th Street, SE
The following roads will be closed from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.
- MacArthur Boulevard from White Have Parkway to Edmunds Place, NW
- Sherier Place, NW from MacArthur Boulevard to Edmunds Place, NW
- National Archives July 4th Declaration of Independence Reading
Note: Constitution Avenue, NW between 7th Street, NW and 9th Street, NW will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 pm.
In addition, the following are pedestrian entry points of access to the National Mall.
"There will be eight entry points along the perimeter through which citizens may enter the Mall. The pedestrian access points are as follows and open at 10 a.m.," according to D.C. police.
- Constitution Avenue, NW between 23rd Street, NW and Henry Bacon Drive, NW
- Constitution Avenue, NW and 17th Street, NW (opens at 2:00 pm)
- West side of 15th Street, NW at Madison Drive, NW (opens at 2:00 pm)
- West side of 14th Street, SW at Jefferson Drive, SW
- Maine Avenue, SW and Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (15th Street, SW)
- East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)
- Ohio Drive at Inlet Bridge SW
- West end of Memorial Bridge
- Capitol Grounds Pedestrian Entrance Points:
- 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 3rd and Maryland Avenue, SW
WHAT NOT TO BRING -- SECURITY MEASURES
In an effort to keep everyone safe, D.C. police announced the following measures will be put into place and certain items will be prohibited on the National Mall during this year's celebration:
- Visitors will be screened at all entrance points. All coolers, backpacks, and persons will be subject to inspection.
- No grills, alcohol, glass containers, or personal fireworks are permitted on NPS property
- Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft on National Park Serviced property is strictly prohibited.
- Personal tents that block other visitors’ views and tents that require stakes are prohibited on the National Mall and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
- Due to limited space on the Washington Monument grounds, visitors are asked to refrain from recreational activities (e.g.—volleyball, badminton, etc.).
- It is strongly recommend that pets be left at home.
- Possession of firearms in national parks is prohibited, governed by federal as well as local law, which may vary depending on the jurisdiction in which the national park is located. All visitors should be aware of and follow applicable firearms laws of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- These is no parking allowed in the lanes of, or the grassy areas adjacent to, the George Washington Memorial Parkway at any time.
The National Park Service provided the following map to help visitors navigated through Capitol Hill:
Wednesday will be another hot day, so make sure to check out the weather forecast by downloading the ABC7 weather app.