Independence Day 2015

The District of Columbia government will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

City Services

The District will follow normal trash and recycling collection schedules on Friday, July 3.
The Ft. Totten Transfer Station* will be closed to residents on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4. Fort Totten will reopen on Monday, July 6 between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Household hazardous waste/e-cycling drop-off will be available Thursday, July 2, 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday, July 11, 8 am to 3 pm. Due to the holiday on the first Saturday, the next monthly personal document shredding event will be Saturday, July 11, 8 am to 3 pm. HHW and e-cycling also will be accepted July 11, 8 am to 3 pm.
All DMV locations will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
Parking Enforcement

DPW will enforce parking restrictions Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 in the Nationals Park area.
Parking restrictions also will be enforced Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 along Constitution Avenue, from 7th to 17th Street, NW in support of the annual parade. Emergency No Parking signs will be enforced.
On July 4, DPW will ticket and tow vehicles violating Stadium Event, Emergency No Parking signs in the RFK Stadium/DC Armory neighborhood in support of the Foo Fighters concert.
Meter, RPP and other parking restrictions in areas outside of the Nationals Park, Constitution Avenue and stadium neighborhoods will not be enforced on either July 3 or 4.
Read more about parking enforcement on and around the holiday.
Travel Advisory

Due to the extremely heavy pedestrian crowds anticipated for Independence Day events, motorists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution.

Parks and Recreation Facilities

All DPR summer camps, recreation/community centers, indoor aquatic facilities and administrative offices are closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the holiday.
All recreation/community centers and indoor aquatic facilities are closed on Saturday, July 4.
All outdoor and children’s pools will operate from 12 pm – 6 pm on Friday, July 3; Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5.
All spray parks will operate on their normal schedule.
Playgrounds will be closed on July 3. On July 4, they will open, however, they will close at 6 pm.
Tennis Courts will close starting July 3 and will remain closed/locked the entire 4th of July weekend. Courts will reopen on July 6.
Palisades Community Center (5200 Sherier Pl., NW) will be open for the annual Palisades Fourth of July parade.
All synthetic fields will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
All events that have existing permits will remain available for the permit holders.
Featured Events on July 4

Barracks Row 4th of July Parade – 10 am, Corner of 8th and I Streets, SE
Palisades 49th Annual 4th of July Parade – 11 am, Corner of Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, NW
F.R.E.S.H. Fourth of July Block Party – Bruce Monroe Park – 12 pm, Corner of Irving Street and Georgia Avenue, NW
F.R.E.S.H. Fourth of July Block Party – Truesdell Elementary School – 12 pm, 800 Ingraham Street, NW
F.R.E.S.H. Fourth of July Block Party – Marvin Gaye Park – 12 pm, 5200 Block of Foote Street and Division Avenue, NE
F.R.E.S.H. Fourth of July Block Party – Oxon Run Park – 6:30 pm, 1st and South Capitol Streets, SE
Fireworks in DC

Before you purchase an expensive haul of fireworks, make sure that you can legally ignite and use them in the District. In general, any firework that explodes is illegal in the city. Any person found using or in the possession of illegal fireworks in the District of Columbia could face fines and penalties of up to $2,000 and/or arrest. Learn which fireworks are legal in the District of Columbia.

Please note that fireworks are NOT allowed on ANY DPR properties, fields, basketball courts or tennis courts.

Fireworks on the National Mall

Fireworks on the National Mall begin shortly after 9 pm. Learn more about how best to view the fireworks.

Other Fourth of July Events

The National Independence Day Parade takes place at 11:45 am, starting at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

Host Tom Bergeron and the National Symphony Orchestra will present the annual A Capitol Fourth concert from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. The concert begins at 8 pm, but seating fills up early.

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