The US Capitol Police have issued the following press release to help visitors to the National Mall for the Fourth of July events in Washington D.C.:
A Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Concert and Rehearsal Times
“On Friday, July 4, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., A Capitol Fourth Concert will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. There will be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Both the rehearsal and the concert are free and no tickets are required. On both days, gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m.
Public Access, Mobility Impaired Information and Traveling Tips
The general public can access the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol via Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. or Third Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W. Mobility impaired guests and their party may access the West Lawn at both public entry points which will be wheelchair accessible.
A limited number of parking spaces for mobility impaired guests and their party will be available on a first come, first serve basis along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First Street and Third Street, N.W. on July 3 and 4.
Due to increased security measures, the public should expect traffic delays surrounding the Capitol Grounds. Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip using public transportation.
Prohibited Items and Security Measures
The U.S. Capitol Police along with event and production staff closely monitor weather conditions. Any changes to the schedule of events based on adverse weather conditions will be announced to the general public. If an evacuation occurs, please follow the directions of the U.S. Capitol Police.
Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance. Anyone attending events on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers.
For this event, food items are permitted. You are encouraged to bring your own supply of water or an empty water bottle that can be filled at on-site water stations. Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are prohibited. In addition to any other items determined to be prohibited at the discretion of the U.S. Capitol Police, the following items are prohibited:
- ANIMALS (OTHER THAN SERVICE ANIMALS)
- FIREARMS AND AMMUNITIONS (EITHER REAL OR SIMULATED)
- EXPLOSIVES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING FIREWORKS)
- KNIVES, BLADES OR SHARP OBJECTS (OF ANY LENGTH)
- LASER POINTERS, SIGNS, POSTERS
- MACE, PEPPER SPRAY, STICKS & POLES
- ELECTRIC STUN GUNS
- MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS OR DEVICES
- OVERSIZED UMBRELLAS (RADIUS > 36″ WHEN OPEN)
- POCKET OR HAND TOOLS SUCH AS “LEATHERMAN”
- SEALED PACKAGES, LARGE BOXES, DUFFLE BAGS, SUITCASES
Tour Bus Access
Tour buses will not have access to Garfield Circle and Peace Circle from Wednesday, July 2 through Friday, July 4.
Temporary street closures will begin on Wednesday, July 2 at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, July 5 at 4:00 a.m.:
- First Street between Independence Avenue, S.W. and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
- Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between First Street, N.W. and Third Street, N.W.
- Maryland Avenue between First Street, S.W. and Third Street, S.W.
For additional information on “A Capitol Fourth,” please visit http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/.
If there are any questions about this event, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.”
For more information on the Fourth of July in Washington DC, Visit our A Capitol Fourth – 4th of July events page.
To view this press release, click here.