GETTING TO THE NATIONAL MALL
Smithsonian Metro is the closest metro stop to the fireworks area. Due to the possibility of overcrowding at Smithsonian, travelers are encouraged to use other nearby Metro stations such as Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, L'Enfant Plaza, Archives/Navy Memorial, or Metro Center.
If you choose to drive, free, public parking is extremely limited during this event. Limited parking is available on Hains Point, accessible via I-395 or Maine Avenue from the east only. Vehicles will not be allowed on or around the National Mall. Numerous Road Closures will affect your ability to navigate areas of Washington, D.C. and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
National Park Service
All visitors are required to enter via an Event Entrance, where entrants will be subject to security screening. Public access to the National Mall begins at 10:00 a.m. The U.S. Capitol grounds open at 3:00 p.m. Seating space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
National Mall and Memorial Parks Event Entrances (map) :
George Washington Memorial Parkway Event Entrances: