Fourth of July Travel Advisory

Due to an increase of crowds anticipated for upcoming Independence Day events, the District Department of Transportation is advising residents and visitors to travel with extreme caution and encourage the use of public transportation.

Metrorail will operate its Saturday schedule until 2 p.m. on Friday, with increased service just before and after the fireworks display on the National Mall. Metrobus will also operate its Saturday schedule, but some routes will be detoured around the National Mall due to lane closures and increased traffic. The DC Circulator will operate its regular weekday schedule on Friday, July 4.

For those traveling around the city in a car, DDOT plans to manage the flow of traffic leaving the city after the fireworks display by extending particular green lights, beginning a half hour after the fireworks conclude for a total of one hour. DDOT will open the temporarily-closed travel lanes from noon Thursday, July 3, to Saturday, July 5. Public parking near the National Mall will be extremely limited during the fireworks display and throughout the day on Friday, July 4.

Please use extreme caution when walking or driving near the National Mall during the Independence Day festivities. DDOT will have Traffic Control Officers stationed in the area to assist with traffic and ensure the safety of pedestrians at busy intersections.

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