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How to make your way downtown

The National Archives Museum is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.


Metrorail

Take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building. You will need to walk around the building and enter on the Constitution Avenue side to attend the July 4 festivities and visit the Museum.

Bus

Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, P19, and W13 stop at the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue. You will need to walk around the building and enter on the Constitution Avenue side to attend the July 4 festivities and visit the Museum.

Car

There are a number of parking garages in the Downtown area. However, it is advisable to use public transport when possible. See a list of road closures below.

Streets Closed from 6:00 am until approximately 11:00 pm:

  • TR Bridge Inbound to Constitution Avenue.  All traffic diverted to the E Street Expressway
  • Independence Avenue SW from 15th Street to 23rd Street SW
  • 23rd Street NB from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue NW.  Southbound 23rd Street will be allowed to flow and access outbound TR Bridge.
  • 22nd Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 21st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 20st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
  • 19th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • 18th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
  • 17th Street NW from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 15th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
  • Constitution Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street.
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge
  • South Bound Rock Creek Parkway closed at Virginia Avenue
  • 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW

The following streets will be closed at approximately 11:15 am for the Independence Day Parade and will remain closed for the remainder of the day:

  • Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 14th Street NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania to Independence Avenue SW
  • 12th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 10th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 9th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 6th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW

The 3rd street, 9th street and 12th St tunnels will remain open for travel into and out of the city, however, the 9th Street Tunnel and the 12th Street Tunnel will close during the Independence Day Parade, which will begin at approximately 11:15 am and continue until approximately 4:00 pm.

National Mall Public Entry Access points: Open at 10:00 am

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, immediately south of Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street
  • Constitution Avenue and 17th Street
  • Constitution Avenue and 14th Street
  • Westside of 14th Street, north of Jefferson Drive SW
  • Westside of 14th Street, north of Independence Avenue SW
  • Maine Avenue and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (i.e. formerly 15th Street)
  • East Basin Drive, just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from this checkpoint)
  • East Basin Drive, at the Inlet Bridge

In addition to events on the National Mall, RFK Stadium at 2400 East Capitol Street NE will be having an event with gates opening at 9:00 am.  The Washington Nationals at 1500 South Capitol Street SE will play with first pitch at 11:05 am.  Expect heavy traffic around these locations.

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

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