Thousands of people are expected to converge on the nation's capital this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and getting around may be difficult.
On Saturday, the "Realize the Dream March and Rally" will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Those hoping to attend are urged to take public transit as several roads and monuments will be closed.
The rally will begin at 8 a.m .at the Lincoln Memorial and will be followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Memorial. The Park Service say the public will be able to access the rally by walking west into the area of the Reflecting Pool from 17th Street by the World War II Memorial. Participants will then march south on Daniel French Drive, east on Independence, north on 17th street, ending on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
HOW TO GET AROUND:
These NPS sites will be closed beginning 4:00 a.m. on Saturday August 24 until the end of the event expected to be around 4:00 p.m.
- Lincoln Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Korean War Veterans Memorial
The following roads will be closed from 5 a.m. until the event is over:
- Ohio Drive from Parkway Drive to Inlet Bridge
- Rock Creek Parkway between Virginia Avenue and Parkway Drive
- Independence Avenue, SW, between 15th and 23rd Streets, including the Tidal Basin Parking Lot
- Maine Avenue between Independence Avenue and Raoul Wallenberg Place
- 17th Street between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue
- 23rd Street between Independence and Constitution Avenue
- West Basin Drive
- Henry Bacon Drive
- Daniel French Drive
- Lincoln Memorial Circle
- A, B and C Parking Lots
- 15th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues will be closed during the march on August 24. We estimate this to be between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Drivers are advised to use Route 110, the George Washington Memorial Parkway and public transportation to get to Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to these National Park Service closures the D.C. government is closing the following roads:
- Westbound ramp from I395 to Maine Avenue, SW-All traffic will be diverted to the 12th ST Tunnel
- Ramp from 9th Street tunnel to westbound Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to outbound I 395
- 1200 block Maiden Lane merge with Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to northbound 14th Street, SW
- Southbound Potomac River Freeway and ramp to Independence Avenue-traffic will be diverted to the outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
- Ramp from outbound E Street Expressway to Ohio Drive-all traffic will be diverted to outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
The Park Service says shuttle will be provided for those with limited mobility. The free shuttles will take participants from the Foggy Bottom Metro station to Henry Bacon Drive and the Lincoln Memorial.
In anticipation for the large crowds expected Saturday, Aug. 24, for the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington, Metro is delaying some of its scheduled maintenance work.
Originally scheduled work on the Orange and Red lines has been canceled.
On the Blue Line, every other train will begin or end at Van Dorn Street. There will be reduced times between Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield.
WMATA plans to open stations at its normal Saturday time, 7 a.m. All lines will have eight-car trains.
The busiest stations are expected to be Foggy Bottom, Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery.
The following routes stop within one half-mile of the National Mall: 11Y, H1, N3, V9, X1, 52, V7, P1, 16F, 13G, 13F and 7Y. Visit the WMATA website for weekday and weekend schedules.
The DC Rally Bus is providing round trip charter bus service to the U.S. Capitol August 24. There will be multiple departure points from Maryland and Virginia. To find out more information about locations and prices for the DC Rally Bus, click here.
Taking the DC Circulator is one of your least expensive options. Its just $1 -- but only has five routes. Get off at Capitol Hill and you'll be right at the Mall. Walk about 2.5 miles west to get to the Lincoln Memorial.
The Circulator runs from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
VISITOR SAFETY AND SECURITY:
Food and water will be available for purchase at concession stands in the area.
If you don't plan on buying refreshments, the National Park Services advises visitors bring enough food and water to last the entire day.
Temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s Saturday, so be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothes and sunscreen.Try to take frequent shade breaks and get out of the heat during the hottest points of the day.
Cooling tents will be located on the north side of the Reflecting Pool.
If you lose a member of your party, the U.S.Park Police family reunification tent will be set up on the south side of the Reflecting Pool between the D.C. War Memorial and the WWII Memorial. Uniformed Park Police officers will take any lost person to the tent.
First aid stations will be on both sides of the Reflecting Pool. Cooling tents will be located on the north side of the Reflecting Pool.
The USPP family reunification tent will be located on the south side of the Reflecting Pool, between the D.C. War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Lost persons should be reported to any uniformed USPP officer or NPS ranger. Lost persons will be taken to the USPP family reunification tent.