Things To Know Before You Come
Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced).
Limited, free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B, and C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Additional parking lots and on street parking can be found in East Potomac Park along Ohio Drive, SW between Buckeye Drive and Hains Point.
Did You Know?
Traditionally, from George Washington's time to FDR’s, inauguration day fell on March 4; this remained the case with few exceptions. However, the date was changed by the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution to January 20 to reduce the post-election "lame duck" period; it took effect in 1937.