ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police, United States Park Police, and Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple roadways on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. These closures are designed to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for the Independence Day events and fireworks. The following roadways will be closed to accommodate the festivities:
6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Marshall Drive from Route 110 to N. Meade Street
- N. Meade St. from N. 14th St. to Marshall Dr.
2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Route 50 (access to the Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood will be from the Rhodes Street bridge)
- Exit ramp from westbound Route 50 to N. Lynn Street (Rosslyn exit)
- Exit ramp from eastbound Route 50 to N. Meade Street (Rosslyn exit)
- Long Bridge Dr. from Boundary Channel Dr. to S. 10th
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Eastbound Route 50 at Washington Blvd. All traffic diverted from Rt. 50 on ramps to East and West Washington Blvd.
- Eastbound N. 10th ramp to eastbound Rt. 50 will be closed, all traffic diverted to westbound Rt. 50
- Courthouse Rd. ramp to eastbound Rt. 50 will be closed, all traffic diverted to westbound Rt. 50 or N. 10th St.
- Pershing Dr. at Rt. 50 will only be allowed westbound
- Eastbound N. Fairfax Drive from N. Pierce Street to N. Fort Myer Drive
- Columbia Pike between S. Orme Street and S. Joyce St.
- Joyce Street between Army Navy Drive and Columbia Pike
- The exit from westbound Washington Blvd. to eastbound Columbia Pike/S. Orme St.
Street parking in the areas of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Long Bridge Park, and Air Force Memorial will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs and illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, please call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
Celebrating July 4th in Arlington County
From unparalleled views of the fireworks on the National Mall to neighborhood parades, Arlington is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. To ensure a happy and safe celebration, residents and visitors are reminded of the following:
- Alcoholic beverages, grills, and fireworks are prohibited on County and Federal parkland during Independence Day events.
- Non-approved vendors will not be allowed in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
- Coolers and backpacks will be subject to search upon entry to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and Long Bridge Park.
- Hot and humid conditions are anticipated. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and seek shade as needed.
- The Washington Metropolitan area, including the entirety of Arlington County, is designated a “no-drone zone” by the Federal Aviation Administration.
- There are no known threats to the area. Our community is safest when everyone is engaged and alert. If you see something, say something® by reporting suspicious activity to police for investigation.
Arlington County Police will be located at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Long Bridge Park, and the Air Force Memorial conducting road closures and providing safety and security at the venues.
Getting Around on July 4th
Attendees are strongly encouraged to use public or for hire transportation. The Rosslyn Metro stop on the Orange Line is approximately 5 blocks north of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and the Air Force Memorial is within walking distance of the Pentagon City Metro station.
Motorists should expect significant delays, particularly leading up to and after the fireworks display. The Arlington County Police Department is reminding drivers that stopping or standing in a lane of traffic to observe the fireworks is illegal and violators may be issued a citation. Additionally, parking on the shoulders of Route 110 in both directions is prohibited and will be strictly enforced. Unattended vehicles found in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
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