National Park Service celebrates Independence Day with Parade, Music and Fireworks

July 4th

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Things to know before coming to the National Mall:


Both the National Park Service (NPS) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) strongly encourage all visitors to take public transportation or to bicycle to and from the Independence Day celebrations.†† Nearby Metro stations for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, U.S. Capitol, and Presidentís Park include:Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Farragut North, Farragut West, Capitol South, LíEnfant Plaza, Union Station, Federal Center S.W., and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter.†† Nearby stations for the GWMP include Arlington National Cemetery, Rosslyn, and Ronald Regan Washington National Airport.†† For more information visit


This event is held during the warmest time of year in Washington, DC. Plan ahead, dress in weather-appropriate attire, use sunscreen and bring plenty of water for hydration.


Due to safety concerns and large crowds, no grills, alcohol, glass bottles, or personal fireworks are permitted on NPS property.


Inquiries pertaining to road closures should be directed to the Office of Communications of the USPP at 202-619-7163.


The optimum viewing areas for the fireworks include:

         U.S. Capitol

         Lincoln Memorial

         National Mall between 14th Street and 3rd Street

         Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

         Thomas Jefferson Memorial

         The White House Ellipse

         West Potomac Park

         East Potomac Park

         Anacostia Park

         U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)

         George Washington Memorial Parkway across the Potomac River in Virginia.




Links to visit for additional information:


For the most up to date information about July 4th activities at the National Mall and Memorial Parks, call†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 202-747-3467 or visit may also tune in to the National Mall and Memorial Parks, radio station AM 1670 for updates on July 4th events, transportation, contact information, and helpful guidelines for visiting the National Mall and Memorial Parks.


For additional information and updates about July 4th and other activities at Presidents Park, visit, GWMP, visit, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, visit, Metro, visit www.wmata.comand for additional information and updates about A Capitol Fourth, visit