Posted on June 27, 2022
ARLINGTONGo. – The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police, United States Parks Police, and Virginia Department of Transportation will be closing multiple roads on Monday, July 4, 2022. These closures are designed to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for Independence Day events and fireworks.
In addition to the closures below, Arlington National Cemetery, in conjunction with the Air Force District of Washington, will be closing public access to the southern expansion portion of Arlington National Cemetery on 4th of July, which includes access to the Air Force Memorial.
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Marshall Drive, Route 110 to N. Meade Street
- N. Meade Street, from Marshall Drive to N. Fairfax Drive (access to the Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood will be from the Rhodes Street Bridge – local traffic only)
- Route 50 Westbound Exit Ramp to N. Lynn Street (Rosslyn Exit)
- Route 50 eastbound off-ramp to N. Meade St. (Rosslyn Exit)
- Eastbound N. Fairfax Drive, from N. Pierce Street to N. Fort Myer Drive
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Columbia Pike, between S. Oak Street and Rotary Road
- S. Joyce Street, between Army Navy Drive and Columbia Pike
- Westbound Washington Boulevard exit ramp at Columbia Pike (Air Force Memorial)
- Southgate Road, from Oak Street to S. Joyce Street
9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Washington Boulevard exit ramp westbound to Columbia Pike/S. Elm Street
- Westbound Washington Boulevard exit ramp at westbound Columbia Pike (Bailey’s Crossroads exit near Sheraton Hotel)
- Eastbound exit ramp from Washington Boulevard to Columbia Pike/S. queen street
Additional road closures not listed above may be implemented at the discretion of police in the interest of public safety. On-street parking in these areas will be limited. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs and illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is being towed from a public road, please call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
Let’s celebrate the 4th of Julye in Arlington County
To ensure a happy and safe celebration, residents and visitors are reminded of the following:
- Alcoholic beverages, grilling, and fireworks are prohibited in county and federal parks during Independence Day events.
- Unapproved vendors will not be permitted in the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) area.
- Coolers and backpacks will be searched at the entrance to the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and Long Bridge Park.
- Hot and humid conditions are expected. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and seek shade as needed.
- The Washington metropolitan area, including all of Arlington County, is designated a “drone-free zone” by the Federal Aviation Administration.
- There are no known threats to the area. Our community is safer when everyone is engaged and alert. See Something, Say Something® by reporting suspicious behavior to the police for investigation.
Arlington County Police will be located at the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Long Bridge Park and the Air Force Memorial, providing road closures and ensuring the site security.
Move on July 4e
Participants are strongly encouraged to use public or multimodal transport. The Rosslyn subway stop on the orange line is about 5 blocks north of the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima).
Motorists should expect significant delays, especially before and after the fireworks display. The Arlington County Police Department reminds drivers that it is illegal to stop or stand in a traffic lane to view fireworks and that violators may receive a citation. Additionally, parking on the shoulders of Route 110 and Route 50 in either direction is prohibited and will be strictly enforced. Unattended vehicles found in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
Plan a sober ride home
Every year, Independence Day is celebrated across the country with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Unfortunately, the festivities turn tragic on the country’s roads when drunk drivers take to the streets after the festivities are over. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States Department of Transportation, 493 people died in the United States in traffic accidents during the holiday period of July 4, 2020 (6:02 July – 5:59 a.m. July 6, 2020). Of these deaths, 41% occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, be sure to plan ahead for a sober ride home.
The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) 2022 July 4 SoberRide® program, in partnership with Lyft, will be offered from 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4 until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. risk vacation, visit their website.
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