Getting to the National Mall

Visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to the National Mall on July 4. Visit WMATA for public transit information.

The Smithsonian/Natnional Mall station 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, 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.

Public Access

National Mall

The area from 14th Street to the Lincoln Memorial and between Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW will be a secure area on July 4. Access will be via designated entry points, and visitors will be subject to a bag check upon entering the secure area. All coolers, backpacks, packages, and persons will be subject to inspection. Please check the Prohibited Items page before attending the event.

The following public entry points for the secure area will open at 1 p.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. There may be changes to access points on the day of the event to enhance security.

  • West side of Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • 17th Street SW just south of the World War II Memorial
  • Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • East Basin Drive at Inlet Bridge (west of the Jefferson Memorial)

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Fireworks can be viewed from the following locations along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. There will be limited pedestrian access to the National Mall via Arlington Memorial Bridge from these locations:

  • U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and Netherlands Carillon
  • Columbia Island/Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove ( Access to the Potomac Riverfront is now possible via the new bike/pedestrian tunnel that runs underneath the Boundary Channel Bridge (a.k.a. the “Humpback Bridge”)
  • Gravelly Point, north of National Airport
  • Washington Sailing Marina/Indigo Landing Restaurant at Daingerfield Island

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Last updated: June 30, 2022


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