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.
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;
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.
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.