ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police, United States Park Police, and Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple roadways on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. 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:
Route 50 – Near Rosslyn – 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM Closure
- Exit Ramp from Westbound Route 50 to N. Lynn Street (Rosslyn exit)
- Exit Ramp from Eastbound Route 50 to N. Meade Street (Rosslyn exit)
US Marine Corps War Memorial – 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM Closure
- N. Meade Street at Marshall Drive
- Exit Ramp from N. Meade Street to Route 50 Eastbound
- Route 110 South onto Marshall Drive
- N. Meade Street near the Route 50 Ramps
Radnor/Fort Myer Heights – Near the US Marine Corps War Memorial – 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM Closure
- Ramp from Arlington Boulevard East to N. Rhodes/Rolfe/Queen Street (Emergency Vehicles Only)
- N. Rhodes Street and Arlington Boulevard Access Road (Emergency Vehicles Only)
- N. Rhodes Street and N. 14th Street (Local Traffic Only)
- N. Nash Street and Arlington Boulevard Access Road
- Arlington Boulevard Access and N. Meade Street
- N. Nash Street and N. 14th Street
- N. Meade Street and N. 14th Street
Foxcroft Heights – Near the Airforce Memorial – 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM Closure
- Columbia Pike in both directions at S. Oak Street
- The exit from Westbound Washington Boulevard to Eastbound Columbia Pike/S. Orme Street
- Columbia Pike and S. Joyce Street
- Southgate Road and S. Oak Street
- Columbia Pike and South Gate Road
- Columbia Pike and S. Ode Street
Memorial Bridge/Memorial Circle
The following roadways may be subject to closure at law enforcement discretion to ensure public safety:
Route 50 East – Near Courthouse
- Route 50 East exit for 10th Street (All Eastbound traffic)
- N. 10th Street and N. Wayne Street
- N. Courthouse Road and the ramp for Route 50 East
- N. Courthouse Road and N. Barton Street
Long Bridge Park
- Long Bridge Drive at Boundary Channel Drive
- Long Bridge and S. 12th Street
Street parking in the areas of the US 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
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 be prohibited from operating in the area of the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
- Coolers and backpacks are subject to search upon entry to the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and Long Bridge Park.
- Conditions are commonly hot and humid during the 4th of July celebration. 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.
- If your celebration includes alcohol, ensure you have a sober ride home. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s 2021 Independence Day SoberRide® program is offering free rides home, in partnership with Lyft, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 4th (Independence Day) and operate until 4:00 a.m. on Monday, July 5, 2021.
Arlington County Police will be located at the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Long Bridge Park, and 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 station (Orange, Silver and Blue Line) is approximately 5 blocks north of the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and the Air Force Memorial is within walking distance of the Pentagon City Metro station (Blue and Yellow Line).
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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