What’s open and what’s closed on Memorial Day 2017

WASHINGTON — The Memorial Day holiday means lots of changes and closures to transportation and government services. Here’s a look at what’s open, and when, across the area:

The federal government will be closed, as will most local government offices in the D.C. area. No mail, except Express Mail, will be delivered.

Most banks will be closed.

Roads and transit

High occupancy vehicle lane restrictions will not be in effect on Interstate 395, Interstate 66, the Dulles Toll Road or Interstate 270 on Monday. HOV-2 will be enforced for the left lane of Route 50 in Prince George’s County.

The I-95 Express Lanes will be open to northbound travelers in Virginia all day long, including during the afternoon and evening hours. Northbound traffic on I-95 will gradually increase through the midday hours with delays likely through Fredericksburg and Stafford County by afternoon.

Rock Creek Parkway and Canal Road will remain open to two-way traffic during both rush hours. The center lanes of Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street will operate in a normal, non-rush hour direction.

Traffic delays are possible on the George Washington Parkway near Arlington Memorial Cemetery before the wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Seats in the amphitheater are first come, first served. Those attending should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Free parking will be available at the welcome center and shuttle service will be provided.

Metro buses will run on a Sunday schedule. The Metrorail system is open 7 a.m. to midnight, and trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Parking will be free at all Metro lots.

MARC and VRE will not offer service on Monday.

District of Columbia

Emergency parking bans will be in effect along Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th streets for the Memorial Day Parade. Temporary no parking signs will list the hours the ban will be in effect. The annual parade begins at 2 p.m. and features bands, more than 1,000 active military personnel, singer Daughtry and the USO Show Troupe.

The District will not enforce parking meters, residential permit parking or rush-hour lane restrictions on Monday, except along the streetcar line.

(That includes the area around Nationals Park, since the Nats will be playing out of town. Parking rules will be enforced around the stadium on Sunday.)

Trash and recycling collections will slide to the next day for the rest of the week, in once-a-week and twice-a-week collection neighborhoods.

Libraries will be closed.


Montgomery County

  • County office are closed,
  • Libraries are closed.
  • County liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Recreation centers will be closed; indoor and outdoor aquatics centers will be open until 6 p.m.
  • Ride On buses will run on a Sunday schedule.
  • Trash and recycling pickup on and after the holiday will slide one day later this week.
  • Parking at public garages, lots and meters is free.
  • The transfer station is closed Monday; it will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Check the county parks’ website to see which parks are open.

Prince George’s County

  • County offices are closed.
  • Recycling facilities are closed.
  • TheBus will not run.
  • Trash collection, curbside recycling collection and bulky trash collection will resume May 30.
  • Libraries will be closed.



  • No trash or recycling pickup; all collections will slide one day later for the rest of the week.
  • Government offices and courts are closed
  • All libraries are closed
  • The Old Town and Memorial outdoor pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Charles Houston Recreation Center, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other recreation centers will be closed
  • Trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day all week
  • The DASH bus will run on a Sunday schedule.
  • The King Street Trolley runs every 15 minutes.

Arlington County

  • ART routes 41, 45, 51, 55 and 87 will run on Sunday schedules; other ART buses won’t run.
  • Trash and recycling will be picked up as usual, as will special collection services.
  • No enforcement at parking meters.
  • Park grounds will be open. Community centers will be closed.
  • Libraries will be closed.

Fairfax County

  • The Office of Elections is closed; there’s no in-person absentee voting.
  • Libraries are closed.
  • The Fairfax Connector is on a Sunday schedule.
  • Fastran services will not run.
  • Community centers will be closed.
  • Rec centers are open except for the George Washington RECenter.
  • County parks are open, but hours vary. Check the list.
  • For trash and recycling information, call your provider. If you have a private collector, check the list.

Loudoun County

Leesburg will have trash pickup.

The Premium Commuter Bus and Metro Connection services will not run. Some Friday buses will depart early from D.C., Crystal City, the Pentagon and Rosslyn. Check the Loudoun County Transit site.

Prince William County

All libraries are closed all weekend, as well as Monday.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report. 

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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