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*Updated* TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 2019 Fourth of July Celebration

Thursday, July 4, 2019

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, the 2019 Fourth of July Celebration will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be extensive street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

The following streets will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking for the event 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
  • 9th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 7th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 6th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 4th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 3rd 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 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 for the event from approximately 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

  • 9th Street Tunnel
  • 12th Street Tunnel

The 3rd Street Tunnel will remain open for travel into and out of the city.

Motorists are reminded that stopping or standing is prohibited on any city streets or roadways to observe the fireworks. Motorists shall expect to be ticketed and/or towed if found in violation.

Please visit https://www.wmata.com/ for alternative public transportation options into and out of the city, as well as any metro closures.

National Mall Public Entry Access points on July 4th will open at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m.

  • Constitution Avenue NW and 20th Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW
  • West side of 15th Street NW at Madison Drive NW
  • 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)

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:

The Washington Nationals will host the Miami Marlins at the Nationals Stadium at 1500 South Capitol Street, SE. The baseball game will start at 11:05 a.m.

The Palisades Citizens Association will host their annual Palisades Parade at 11:00 a.m.

The following street will be closed and posted as Emergency No Parking for the Palisades Parade from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

  • MacArthur Boulevard, NW from Whitehaven Park to Edmunds Place, NW

The Fourth of July 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 Barracks Row parade from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

  • 8th Street, SE from D Street to I Street, SE

The following streets will be closed for the Barracks Row parade from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

  • E Street, SE between 7th Street and 9th Street, SE
  • G Street, SE between 7th Street and 9th Street, SE

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

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

The public should expect parking restrictions along the street 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.

While you are at the 2019 Independence Day Celebration events, it’s important you have the latest information at your fingertips. 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. For more information visit https://mpdc.dc.gov/capitalwatch.

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wishes to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated. As always, do not drink and drive.