Independence Day participants are advise to please take notice of the street closures and related advisories that will impact travel in the city.
(Washington, DC) In preparation for Independence Day, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is advising participants to please take notice of the following advisories that will impact travel in the city on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Due to the extremely heavy pedestrian crowds anticipated for these events, motorists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when traveling in these areas. In addition, those wishing to attend these events are encouraged to use public transportation.
The Metropolitan Police Department provided the following information about road closures for the Independence Day festivities that will take place in the District on Thursday, July 4, 2013. In conjunction with these events, there will be numerous street closures and parking restrictions that motorists should take into consideration:
A Capitol 4th - Celebration on the National Mall:
No Parking Restrictions 5:00 am to 11:00 pm
- 3rd Street, from Independence to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 4th Street, from Independence to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 7th Street, from Independence to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 14th Street, from Independence to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 15th Street, from Constitution to E Street NW
- 17th Street, from Constitution to E Street NW
- Constitution Avenue, both sides, from Pennsylvania Avenue, west to 23rd Street, NW
- 10th Street, NW, between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, NW
- 14th Street, NW, between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, NW
- C Street, NW, from 17th to 18th Street (Both Sides)
- Virginia Avenue, NW from Constitution Avenue to 21st Street, NW.
Streets Closed from approximately 6:00 am until approximately 11:00 pm
- 4th Street from Independence Avenue, SW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 7th Street from Independence Avenue, SW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Maine Avenue, SW
- 17th Street from Independence Avenue, SW to E Street, NW
- 19th Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 20th Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 21st Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 22nd Street, NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 23rd Street, NW from Independence Avenue, SW to C Street, NW
- Virginia Avenue, NW from 18th Street to 20th Street
- Constitution Avenue, NW from 14th Street to 23rd Street.
- Independence Avenue, SW from 14th Street to 23rd Street
Streets Closed from approximately 11:30 am until approximately 11:00 pm
- 14th Street from Independence Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 3rd Street from Maryland Avenue, SW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Streets Closed from approximately 11:30 am until approximately 3:00 pm (for the Parade)
- 9th Street Tunnel from Pennsylvania Avenue to the SE/SW Freeway
- 12th Street Tunnel from the SE/SW Freeway to Pennsylvania Avenue
Motorists should be advised that the 14th Street Bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge will remain open throughout the day. Motorists are reminded that there is no parking or stopping on the bridges. Any vehicles that stop on the bridge will be immediately ticketed and towed.
July 4th Parade:
On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the July 4th Parade will take place from 11:45 am until 2:00 pm. The National Memorial Day Parade will take place from 2 pm until 5 pm. The streets along the following route will be closed from 9 am until 6 pm.
- Starting from 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW and ending at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
- Also closed: 7th Street NW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
Palisades Annual July 4th Parade
The parade begins at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, NW and proceeds Northwest on MacArthur, left on Edmunds Place, left on Sherrier Place, and a right into the Palisades Recreation Center. Road closures begin at 12:00 pm and conclude at approximately 1:30 pm. MacArthur Boulevard will be closed from Reservoir Road to Arizona Avenue for this event. There will be rolling street closures during this event.
Capitol Hill July 4th Parade:
The annual parade on Capitol Hill will form at 8th Street and I Street SE at 8 am. The parade will begin at 10 am and end at 12 pm, The parade will proceed north on 8th Street SE and west on D Street SE to the park at 7th Street and D Street SE where it will disband. There will be rolling street closures during this event.
PARKING AND LANE RESTRICTIONS
Parking throughout the area around the National Mall will be extremely limited on July 4.
DDOT has begun posting emergency no parking signs on the affected streets. Residents, workers and visitors can park at these locations until the restrictions begin, but please do not remove the temporary signs. Even if the signs are removed, the no parking restrictions will be enforced.
DDOT will lift the District’s reversible lane restrictions during Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
In addition, DDOT will open travel lanes temporarily closed for construction or maintenance work from 12 pm on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 to 9:30 am on Monday, July 8, 2013. Construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.
PUBLIC TRANSIT INFORMATION
Residents and visitors are encouraged to take public transportation on the 4th. Metrorail will operate a Saturday schedule for most of the day, but will increase service frequency to near rush hour levels from 6 pm until late in the evening. Metrobus will operate on a Saturday schedule and some routes will be detoured by Independence Day celebrations. For more information and updates on specific detours, please sign up for MetroAlerts at wmata.com/metroalerts .
The DC Circulator bus routes will operate regular weekday service hours and frequency on all routes. For more information visit www.dccirculator.com .
Capital Bikeshare will provide a bike corral at the 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW station to handle the large number of riders expected to use the system to visit the National Mall. The corral will be made available from 12 p.m. to until one hour after the fireworks are over. For more information, please visit www.capitalbikeshare.com .
In coordination with its regional transportation and public safety partners, DDOT will once again run “Operation Fast Forward” on July 4. This annual exercise allows the participating agencies to expedite and manage the flow of traffic after the fireworks, while they test their emergency evacuation plans.
On four select evacuation routes, traffic signals will be retimed to provide longer green lights for traffic exiting the city. The operation is slated to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the fireworks and run for 60 minutes.
The Operation Fast Forward emergency routes are:
- Constitution Avenue NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
- Eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street NW to Southern Avenue SE
- Southbound 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW
- Westbound K Street NW from 17th Street to the Whitehurst Freeway, Canal Road and the Chain Bridge
DDOT and its regional partners remind pedestrians and motorists to obey all traffic laws, including crossing at designated crosswalks and following the directions of Metropolitan Police and other law enforcement personnel. DDOT will deploy Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) to assist with the flow of traffic and pedestrian movements around the Mall.
Safe Haven - Should a severe weather event such as a thunderstorm occur during the celebration on the National Mall the U.S. Federal Protection Agency will open selected federal buildings for the sole purpose of allowing people to seek shelter. In the event that Safe Haven is implemented, information will be relayed through public address systems and deployable mass notification units.
Tips for Motorists:
- Always obey the directions of police officers and TCOs at intersections.
- When leaving parking garages or lots near the Mall after the fireworks, be prepared to stop and yield to people on the sidewalk. They have the right of way and there will be many of them.
- Drive slowly and cautiously on streets near the Mall after the fireworks. The sidewalks are not large enough to accommodate the number of pedestrians exiting the Mall and people will be walking in the street for several blocks in near the Mall.
- Remember that drivers turning right or left at intersections must stop and give right of way to pedestrians legally in the crosswalk. Under DC Law, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk is punishable by up to a $250 fine and 3 points on your license.
Tips for Pedestrians:
- Always obey the directions of police officers and TCOs at intersections.
- Wait for the Walk signal and watch for turning vehicles.
- Obey the pedestrian signals rather than the vehicle signals. There may be a turn arrow for drivers.
- Cross at signal controlled intersections whenever possible.