Independence Day on the Parkway
Independence Day fireworks start at 9:10 pm on July 4, 2013 and will last for about 27 minutes. They appear over the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Several parkway sites offer views of the National Mall's Independence Day fireworks display, including the Netherlands Carillon, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, Memorial Circle, Lady Bird Johnson Park, and Gravelly Point.
Please note that there are changes to the celebration this year due to sequestration. The Capitol Fourth Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol will take place, but the concert on the grounds of the Washington Monument has been cancelled. Parking on park land in Virginia is limited to Gravelly Point and the north Pentagon parking lot.
Park staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, and Department of Health and Human Services will provide information, first aid, and emergency cooling stations at several sites. This map shows the locations of these services.
There will be many road closures in the region on July 4:
Cellphone users can receive emergency notifications during Independence Day celebrations via text message by texting JULY4DC to 888777.
For the Press
June 28, 2013
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