Map of July 4th Event Areas

Special closures and security access points are in place on the National Mall & Memorial Parks on July 4 in support of the annual Fireworks Display. There are also medical aid stations, safe havens for weather events, restrooms, and other amenities set up in event-viewing areas for visitor safety and comfort.

Contact other national parks in the DC area to find information about any other potential closures and services for July 4th activities.

A map of the National Mall for the 4th of July
Visitor Services on the National Mall for the Fourth of July


Access Points

The access points for viewing the fireworks display are at the following locations:

  • Constitution Avenue at Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • 17th Street NW at Constitution Ave NW
  • 15th Street NW at Madison Drive NW
  • 14th Street SW at Jefferson Drive SW
  • George Mason Memorial

Medical Aid Stations

  • Lincoln Memorial Circle near the Korea War Veterans Memorial.
  • Washington Monument Grounds, along Constitution Avenue NW, north of the Washington Monument
  • Washington Monument Grounds, west of the ranger station along Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street SW at Jefferson Drive SW
  • The Mall at 12th Street walkway near the Smithsonian Metro Station.

Safe Havens

In the event of inclement weather, the following locations are designated as safe havens:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium – 1301 Constitution Avenue NW
  • Department of Education Headquarters Building – 400 Maryland Avenue SW
  • Department of the Interior Headquarters Building – 1849 C Street NW
  • General Services Administration Headquarters Building – 1800 F Street NW
  • Herbert C. Hoover Federal Building (Department of Commerce) – 1401 Constitution Avenue NW
  • Internal Revenue Service Headquarters Building – 1111 Constitution Avenue NW
  • Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building (Department of Agriculture) – 1400 Jefferson Drive SW
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture – 1400 Madison Drive NW
  • National Museum of American History – 1300 block Madison Drive NW
  • Ronald Reagan Building – 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building – 330 Independence Avenue SW

Family Reunification Area

A family reunification area is located on the southwest side of the Washington Monument grounds. Any missing persons found by event officials will be brought to this trailer to be reunited with family.

Banner: Text “2022 Independence Day Celebration, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service” on a US flag background

Legend: Appears in the bottom right corner of the map

  • Symbol of the letter “A” in a blue circle with text “Access Point”
  • Symbol of a white cross in a red square with text “Medical Aid Station”
  • Symbol of a yellow square with text “Family Reunification Area”

Map: Section of National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington DC indicating event boundaries and location of security and services.

The Secure Area includes portions of the National Mall from the Potomac River shoreline east to 17th Street, and Constitution Avenue south to East Basin Drive. It includes the Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial grounds.

The fireworks Safety Zone is located along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Po. These areas and Arlington Memorial Bridge are closed to the public.

Access points locations on the map:

  • West side of Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW
  • 17th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)

Medical aid station locations on the map:

  • Lincoln Memorial Circle, on the east side of Henry Bacon Drive NW, southwest of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Washington Monument Grounds, along Constitution Avenue NW, north of the Washington Monument
  • Washington Monument Grounds, north of the ranger station along Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street SW at Jefferson Drive SW
  • Near the Smithsonian/National Mall Metro station (Mall entrance)

Family Reunification Area location on the map

  • Washington Monument Grounds at Survey Lodge, along Independence Avenue
Restricted areas on the map
  • West Potomac Park from John Ericcson Memorial to Inlet Bridge
  • Along the Tidal Bason south of the Washington Monument from the John Paul Johnes Memorial to 15th Street SW (the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and World War II Memorial will close 4pm on July 4th)

Road Closures

There will be numerous road closures around the National Mall on July 4. A full listing of all closures can be found here.
See description below


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Last updated: June 29, 2024


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