WASHINGTON – Commuting in and out of Washington Wednesday may be tricky, as thousands are expected to participate in a commemoration marking the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Events begin at 9 a.m and end at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial.
The National Park Service will close the following sites beginning at 4 a.m. Wednesday and lasting until 4 p.m.:
Those without tickets for the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony will be able to access the commemoration only by walking west into the area of the Reflecting Pool via the Elm walkway north of the World War II Memorial off 17th Street.
The following road closures will go into effect Wednesday at 3:15 a.m.:
Road closures will include pedestrian closures. Commercial cars will not be permitted on Constitution Avenue between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
The following streets will close starting at 3 a.m. and should reopen by 6:30 p.m.:
The March for Jobs and Justice begins at 9 a.m. with a crowd gathering beforehand in the 600 block of New Jersey Avenue NW near the Georgetown University law school.
Commuters should expect a lot of foot traffic and delays as marchers make their way down to the National Mall, rallying in front of the the departments of Labor and Justice before making their way to the Lincoln Memorial.
President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to speak, so commuters should expect increased security around the Lincoln Memorial circle. The event runs until 4 p.m.
The Office of Personnel Management is asking federal agencies to allow employees to telework to ease congestion.
“No parking” restriction signs have been posted on Constitution Avenue from 17th Street to 23rd Street on the north and south side of the street.
Morning traffic pattern
A modified traffic change will be in effect for the a.m. rush hour. All traffic changes on Rock Creek Parkway from Shoreham Hill to Virginia Avenue will be made in accordance with the Guideline Manual for traffic changes in the Washington Metropolitan area. All traffic from southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be forced to eastbound Virginia Avenue.
Evening traffic pattern
The p.m. traffic change will be made at the conclusion of the event.
As a security precaution, all items listed below will not be allowed onto National Park Service property in conjunction with this event. The Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other items that are determined to be a potential public safety hazard:
Visitors are strongly advised to use public transportation. Metro stations near the National Mall and Memorial Parks, U.S. Capitol and President’s Park that will remain open throughout the day include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Farragut North, Farragut West, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Union Station, Federal Center SW and Archives- Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon.
For the assembly location at 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, take the Metro to Union Station or Judiciary Square. For the National Mall, take the Metro to Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or the Archives.
Arlington Cemetery is not a recommended station, because Memorial Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic by Park Police. The Smithsonian station is not a recommended station due to the potential for crowding.
To download the official Metro rider guide for the event, click here.
Metro riders please note:
If you choose to participate in the bell-ringing ceremony, you should not plan to use the Arlington metro stop. The closest stop will be the Foggy Bottom stop.
Visitors should prepare for heat and sun. NPS recommends that visitors:
The USPP family reunification tent will be located on the south side of the Reflecting Pool between the D.C. War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Lost persons should be reported to any uniformed USPP officer or NPS ranger. Lost persons will be taken to the USPP family reunification tent.
WTOP’s Megan Cloherty and Alicia Lozano contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.