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Independence Day


Transportation and Parking/Road Closures in the Nation's Capital

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you use public transportation to arrive in Washington, DC as there will be very limited parking, various road closures throughout the day, and congestion due to crowds. Be prepared to walk to most locations.

Arriving by car
If you choose to bring your car, you can arrive in Washington, DC in the following ways:

      From the west:
            take Interstate 66, Route 50 or 29
      From the north:
            take Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, or the Cabin John Parkway
      From the east:
            take Routes 50, 1, or 4
      From the south:
            take Interstate 66 or 39

Vehicles will not be allowed on the mall. If you are driving, we suggest that you park at a metro stop near you and metro in.

Check signs for parking regulations.

Public Transportation
Metro trains and buses provide transportation to and around Washington, DC. Smithsonian Metro will be closed. The nearest train stations to the National Mall include:

  • L'Enfant Plaza
  • Federal Center SW
  • Capitol South
  • Union Station
  • Judiciary Square
  • Archives - Navy Memorial
  • Gallery Place - Chinatown
  • Federal Triangle
  • Metro Center
  • McPherson Square
  • Farragut West
  • Foggy Bottom

For Metro information and schedules, please see their web site at or call (202) 637-7000.

Tourmobile offers paid tours and transportation to various places of interest in Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery. You may embark and disembark at any of the stops at any time. Tickets may be purchased on the blue and white buses.

For more information, see the Tourmobile web site at or call (202) 554-5100.