What’s open, what’s closed on the Fourth of July 2018

WASHINGTON — The Fourth of July holiday means changes and closures in cities and towns around the D.C. area. Here’s what to expect.


Metro trains will run from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Parking will be free at all Metro garages and lots, and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

If you’re headed to the Mall for the fireworks show at 9 p.m., Metro says you should expect some delays. Their biggest piece of advice is that transferring trains to get closer to your destination is the real time-killer: Getting as close as you can on one train and walking the rest of the way will save time.

For example, the Smithsonian station is the closest one to the Mall, but depending on what line you’re taking into downtown, they suggest Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Federal Triangle, Archives, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, Federal Center SW and even Arlington Cemetery as better places to land.

Metrobus will be on a Saturday schedule, and there will be detours around the National Mall.

The DC Circulator will implement the following service adjustments on July 4:
• The National Mall route will be suspended all day.
• The Eastern Market — L’Enfant Plaza and Congress Heights — Union Station routes will detour to 11th Street SE between M Street SE and Pennsylvania SE from 6 a.m. until noon due to the parade on Barracks Row.
• The Key Bridge may not be accessible to vehicles immediately after the fireworks on the National Mall conclude due to anticipated heavy pedestrian traffic. In the event of the temporary closure of the Key Bridge, the Dupont Circle — Georgetown — Rosslyn Route will be limited to the DC side of the Potomac River.
The DC Streetcar will operate its regular weekday schedule from 6 a.m. until midnight.


State offices and courts are closed.

Montgomery County

County offices and libraries are closed.

Liquor and wine stores will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aquatics facilities are open until 6 p.m., except the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, which will close at 3 p.m.  All other classes and programs canceled. Administrative office, senior centers and recreation centers are closed;

The schedule for county parks is on their website.

The Ride On buses are on a Saturday schedule.

Trash and recycling collections all slide one day later.

The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station is closed.

Parking at public garages, lots and meters is free.


Prince George’s County

All county offices, the Animal Services Facility, the recycling centers and landfills are all closed.

TheBus service will not run.

Community centers, senior activity centers and art centers are closed.

Parks, sports facilities and pool complexes are open.



Fairfax County

County offices, courts and libraries are closed.

The Fairfax Connector buses will operate regular weekday service except for the 231, 232, 335, 393, 394, 395, 422, 432, 461, 494, 495, 556, 585, 599, 624, 634, 644, 699, 724 and 985 buses, which won’t run at all. Route 980 will run every 12 to 15 minutes instead of the usual 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All rec centers are open until 4 p.m. except the George Washington, which is closed.

Riverbend Park is open 9 to 5; Frying Pan Farm Park is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Green Spring Gardens Horticultural Center is open noon to 4:30 p.m. (the historic house is closed).

For information on trash and recycling service, call your provider.

Find out more on the Fairfax County site.


Arlington County

Government offices, courts, libraries and facilities will be closed.

The ART buses are on a holiday schedule. Routes 41, 45, 51, 55 and 87 will operate on Sunday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate and the ART customer call center will be closed.

The STAR call center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Please call beforehand to request a trip for the day after the holiday.

Trash and recycling collection will be normal.

Pools and spraygrounds are open.

The Fourth of July celebration at Long Bridge Park is canceled, but the park is still open.



All government offices and libraries will be closed.

Trash and recycling collection will slide one day later the rest of the week.

Parking restrictions at metered spots, other time limits and in residential zones are suspended.

The DASH bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

The King Street Trolley will operate from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every 10 to 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro station and the Potomac River waterfront.

The Old Town and Memorial outdoor pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., and the Warwick pool will be open from noon to 7:45 p.m.

The Lawson Animal Center will be closed. If you need help, call the police at 703-746-4444.


Loudoun County

The Commuter Bus, Metro Connection and Local Fixed Route services are all canceled.



Lots of roads are closed for the fireworks show, Capitol Fourth Concert and other events on the Mall. See the list.

Parking restrictions will not be enforced, except along the streetcar line.

Libraries and DMV locations will be closed.

Trash and recycling services will slide one day later for the rest of the week.

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