Several roads near and around the National Mall will be closed for Thursday's 4th of July celebrations, MPD officials say.
The closures start as early as 5 a.m. Thursday, with the majority of them remaining closed until 11 p.m.
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MPD officials say that both the 14th Street Bridge and Roosevelt Bridge will be open all day, but parking or stopping on both bridges will lead to drivers being either ticketed or towed.
The three colors of lines on the map indicate different closure times:
- Red lines mean a road is closed from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Blue lines mean a road is closed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Green lines mean a road is closed from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual "A Capitol Fourth" concert will begin on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m., with the annual fireworks show starting at about 9:10 p.m.
The fireworks will last for 17 minutes and will be launched from an area near the reflecting pool, according to the National Park Service.
NPS officials recommend using the Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Archives and L'Enfant Plaza Metro stations as alternatives to the normally crowded Smithsonian station if you're using Metro to get into the city.
Metro will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight Thursday and will run on a Saturday schedule. More trains will be added around fireworks time, though, to near rush-hour levels of service. The Smithsonian entrances will operate in "entry-only" mode after the fireworks show, WMATA officials say.
For those who want to use Capital Bikeshare to get to and from the Mall, the bikesharing service will be hosting a corral at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It will be open between noon and one hour after the fireworks end.
There will be nine entrances to the National Mall for fireworks spectators: