Significant transportation disruptions and heightened security measures are to be expected in the Washington, DC metropolitan area amid Independence Day celebrations on Thursday, July 4. President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver an address at the Lincoln Memorial and the White House has reportedly extended the traditional parade and associated events to include a display of military equipment and other festivities.
As such, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) have announced dozens of road closures surrounding the National Mall from 00:00 to 23:00 (local time). Additionally, the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge along Interstate 66 and the Arlington Memorial Bridge, which serve as major connections between Virginia state and Washington, DC, will be closed to the public. A full list of closures and other restrictions can be found on the MPD website.
The expansion of Independence Day celebrations has reportedly resulted in a scheduled disruption to flight operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) from 18:15-19:45 and between 21:00-21:45. Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are likely at DCA on Thursday evening.
Disruptions to government services and businesses are also to be expected through the holiday period.
The US commemorates its declaration of independence from the UK annually on July 4 with the holiday period and customary celebrations typically including the nearest weekend. Fireworks and related recreational explosions are common, particularly after sunset.
Individuals in the Washington, DC area are advised to report suspicious behavior or objects to the proper authorities and anticipate government, business, and transportation disruptions, a heightened security presence, and fireworks and related explosions.
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