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.

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.

Public Access

National Mall

The area from 17th 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 four 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.

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 acces points on the day of the event to enhance security.

  • Constitution Avenue NW at 20th Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • 17th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW (near the World War II Memorial)
  • East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Fireworks can be viewed from the following locations along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. There is no access to the National Mall 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

All visitors are required to enter via an Event Entrance, where entrants will be subject to security screening. Seating space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please check the Prohibited Items page before attending the event.

Last updated: July 1, 2020


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