July 4, 2019 Service Information

Advisory Effective: 7/4/19 - 7/5/19

Metro is the fastest, most convenient way to get to July 4 holiday festivities on the National Mall or any of the other great events around the National Capital Region. Below is an overview of rail and bus service on the holiday, as well as some important travel tips to make your ride as comfortable and convenient as possible. Please note that some event details are not yet known, and the information provided below is subject to change. This page will be updated with any changes as event organizers and external partners refine their plans.



  • Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at 11:30 p.m.
    Note: Last train time vary by station. Visit wmata.com/stations for specific times.
  • Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule, every 12 minutes on each line until about 2 p.m. gradually ramping up to near rush-hour service levels thereafter.
  • Scheduled track work on the Blue and Yellow lines continues; free shuttle buses replace trains between Reagan National Airport and Van Dorn Street & Huntington stations. If connecting to the Express shuttles at Pentagon Transit Center, follow signage for boarding location changes.
  • Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers are not permitted after 2:00 p.m.

Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.

Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day.

Metrobus: Saturday schedule. Expect detours around the National Mall.

MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are cancelled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.

Customer Service: Open 7 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. by calling 202 637-7000; Lost & Found will be closed.


The closest station to the Mall is Smithsonian, however this is not your best choice. While many passengers choose to use Smithsonian, this station can become overcrowded during larger Mall events. Metro recommends selecting a destination station on the same line as your origin to avoid the need to transfer. There is a station near the Mall on every line. Here is a list of suggested stations:

  • Foggy Bottom Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
    • Due to this stations proximity to the Lincoln Memorial, it may become "exit only" prior to festivities and "entry only" afterward.
  • Metro Center Red Line Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line 
  • Federal Triangle Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
  • Archives Yellow Line Green Line
  • Gallery Place Red Line Yellow Line Green Line
  • Judiciary Square Red Line
  • Union Station Red Line
  • L'Enfant Plaza Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line Yellow Line Green Line
  • Capitol South Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
  • Federal Center SW Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
  • Arlington Cemetery Blue Line
    • IMPORTANT: Due to changes in this year’s festivities, the Memorial Bridge will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If you are traveling to the National Mall, do not use Arlington Cemetery Station.
  • Smithsonian Orange Line Silver Line Blue Line
    • The National Mall side of Smithsonian station will become "entry only" after 9 p.m. to accommodate returning crowds.
    • The Independence Avenue entrance of Smithsonian station will be available for both entry and exit throughout the entire day.

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  • Determine your fare, use the Trip Planner and enter July 4 as the travel date. Each passenger must have his or her own SmarTrip card or One-Day Pass.
  • Multiple trips? Buy a One-Day Pass for $13.00. To avoid potentially long lines at fare vending machines, all Metro riders are encouraged to purchase a One-Day Pass. By purchasing a One-Day Pass, a rider can take unlimited trips on Metrorail and Metrobus throughout the day.
  • Buy in advance. Skip the long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card.


  • Buy in advance. Skip the long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card.
  • Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers will not be permitted on Metrorail after 2 p.m.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited.
  • Traveling with a stroller? Use elevators, not escalators.
  • Always stand back from the platform edge for your safety.
  • When boarding the train, step all the way into the car to make room for passengers boarding behind you.


  • Prohibited items at many events include alcohol, bicycles, explosives/fireworks, glass containers, coolers, animals (except service animals), weapons, and more. Be sure to check the event website for a complete list. If in doubt about whether an item will be permitted, it is best to leave it home.
  • See something suspicious? Say something! Report suspicious activity or unattended items to Metro Transit Police. Call 202-962-2121 or text MyMTPD (696873).


  • For assistance by phone, call Customer Information at (202) 637-7000.
  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.