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Modified Holiday Schedule for Select District Services

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

(Washington, DC) – District of Columbia Government offices will be closed on July 4, 2019. Below is information regarding critical, on-going District operations for this day.

Service Adjustments

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe the Independence Day holiday; therefore, sanitation services and most parking enforcement will be suspended and will resume on Friday, July 5.

  • Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. For example, households that normally receive trash/recycling collections on Thursday will be serviced Friday.
  • The Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.
  • The Blue Plains Impoundment Lot will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. The hours of enforcement are concurrent with the streetcar schedule. Normal enforcement citywide resumes Friday, July 5.


All DC Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) locations will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Offices will reopen on Friday, July 5. However, DC DMV has more than 55 online services at that will remain available through the closure. Customers visiting a DMV Service Center on other days are encouraged to plan ahead and “Know Before You Go” for services requiring an in-person visit, as customer volume is high before and after a holiday closing. To check customer volume at a specific center, residents can check the service center’s webcams which are refreshed every 60 seconds during normal business hours at

All DC Public Libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) administrative offices, recreation/community centers and indoor aquatic facilities will be closed on Thursday, July 4. All fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts will be closed; only fields that have existing permits will remain available for the permit holders. Fort Lincoln Tennis Courts will be close at 2 pm. As a reminder, it is illegal to use fireworks on or at any DPR property, including recreation centers, fields, and playgrounds. Gas grills and deep fryers are prohibited.

  • Outdoor pools will remain open from 11 am – 6 pm and spray parks from 10 am – 8 pm.
  • The permits office will be closed and no new permits will be issued
  • East Potomac Pool (972 Ohio Drive, SW) is closed for the season for renovations

Street Construction, Lane Restrictions, Parking, and Enforcement

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that all permitted work in the District of Columbia was suspended at noon on Wednesday, July 4. Lane closures and work zones will not be allowed for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys and sidewalks within the District’s right of way, including manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Work in public space may resume during approved, permitted hours beginning on Friday, July 5.

DDOT will suspend normal weekday reversible lane operations in the following corridors:

  • Connecticut Avenue, NW, between Legation Street and Woodley Road
  • Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road, NW
  • Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park service)
  • Independence Avenue between 4th Street, SW and 2nd Street, SE
  • 16th Street, NW, between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street


As Thursday, July 4 is an observed holiday in the District of Columbia, parking meters and enforcement in residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions, and towing of abandoned vehicles will not be in effect, except in the following locations:

  • Meters (not impacted by road closures) that are operated by the National Park Service or anywhere that Emergency No Parking Signs are posted along the National Mall.
  • The streets located in the Stadium Event Zone (bounded by the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, 5th Street SE, Delaware Avenue/2nd Street SW, and the Anacostia River) as a result of the event at Nationals Park
  • Along the DC Streetcar line during its hours of operation


Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) will provide a bike corral at the 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW station to accommodate the large number of riders expected to use the system to visit the National Mall on July 4. The corral will be available from 3 pm until one hour after the fireworks conclude. Riders should consult the CaBi mobile app before starting their trip.

The following stations, located within the parade’s secured areas, are accessible but will not be serviced due to road closures:

  • 22nd Street & Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street & Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street & Virginia Avenue NW
  • US Department of State/Virginia Ave & 21st Street NW
  • 19th Street and & E Street NW
  • 18th Street and C Street NW
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Henry Bacon Drive & Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
  • 17th Street & Independence Avenue SW
  • Jefferson Drive & 14th Street SW
  • Ohio Drive & West Basin Drive SW/ MLK & FDR Memorials
  • Jefferson Memorial

Public Transportation

Residents, visitors, and commuters, are strongly encouraged to use public transportation when visiting Downtown on July 4.

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 am 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 am until midnight.

Human Services

Residents needing Department of Human Services (DHS) assistance can dial the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 for questions or to arrange transportation.

The Downtown Daytime Services Center (1313 New York Avenue, NW) will be open on Thursday, July 4, from 9 am – 5 pm.

Low-Barrier shelters for individuals operate year-round and will be open on Thursday, July 4, from 5 pm – 9 am.


  • New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE
  • 801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
  • Adams Place Shelter 2210 Adams Place, NE


  • Nativity Shelter at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Harriet Tubman, DC General Building at 27 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
  • Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW
  • Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW

Families seeking emergency shelter can call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night. When the DC Government is open, families may also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday - Thursday between 8 am – 4:30 pm and Friday between 8 am – 12:30 pm.