On Tuesday, Washington D.C. will honor America's veterans and their families with the first-ever Concert for Valor. With headliners such as Bruce Springsteen and Carrie Underwood, the concert's expected to bring in a crowd of 800,000.
Read on for everything you need to know, including tips to make your experience as smooth as possible.
- The Black Keys
- Bruce Springsteen
- Carrie Underwood
- Dave Grohl
- Jennifer Hudson
- Jessie J
- Zac Brown Band
Who's performing when? We expect to find out about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE?
Though walking and biking are the best ways to avoid the crowds, Metro has given suggestions (PDF) for the most efficient routes to the Mall. (Metro suggests avoiding routes that would require a rail line transfer.)
From Northwest D.C., take the Red Line to Metro Center or Gallery Place.
- From the northeast, take the Red Line to Union Station or Judiciary Square.
- From Virginia, take the Orange or Silver Line to Metro Center or Federal Triangle.
- From the east, take the Orange or Silver Line to Capitol South or Federal Center SW.
- From north of the Mall, take the Yellow or Green Line to Gallery Place or Archives.
- From south of the Mall, take the Yellow or Green Line to L'Enfant Plaza.
HOW DO I GET INTO THE CONCERT?
Check to see which public entrance is closest to your Metro stop. The following intersections will be concert entry points starting at 10 a.m., until the venue is full:
- 4th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
- 4th Street SW and Jefferson Drive SW
- 7th Street NW and Madison Drive SW
- 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
- 12th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
- 12th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
- 14th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
- 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
Starting at 2 p.m., these entry points will be open until the venue is full:
- 15th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
- 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERE IS A PROBLEM?
Text "VALOR2014" TO 888777 (all one word, and don't include the quote marks). That will sign you up for all Park Police alerts for the event.
WHAT CAN'T I BRING?
On the Metro: Bikes and large containers will be prohibited, and any bags or packages may be subject to search by Metro Transit Police.
At the concert: Attendees will be subject to a thorough security screening. Long lines are expected, be sure to avoid bringing prohibited items that would cause delay. Alcohol, bicycles, glass containers, weapons and other items are prohibited. See the full list here.
To receive updates about concert logistics, text VALOR2014 to 888777, and follow @nbcwashington on Twitter.