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"A Capitol Fourth" Concert from U.S. Capitol Celebrates America's Independence

View of concert set up from the West Front. The National Mall and Washington Monument are visible in the background.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From the United States Capitol Police:

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m.

There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Gates will open to the public on Monday at 3 p.m.  

Both events are open to the public and no tickets are required.

Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking and Travel Tips

All public entrances are wheelchair accessible. Mobility impaired guests and their parties will be accommodated at any public entrance.  Limited parking on a first come, first serve basis will be available to mobility-impaired guests and their parties along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First and Third Streets, NW.  

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol are as follows:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, SW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited.  Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.  Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip. 

Prohibited Items, Security Measures and Inclement Weather

The U.S. Capitol Police and concert event staff closely monitor weather conditions. Any changes to the schedule of events based on adverse weather conditions will be announced to the general public. If an evacuation is necessitated by inclement weather, please follow U.S. Capitol Police direction.

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance.  Anyone attending events on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site.  This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks and closed containers. 

For this event, food items and lawn/beach chairs that sit low to the ground are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own supply of water. Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are strictly prohibited. 

In addition to any other items at the discretion of security screeners, the following items are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and Ammunitions (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including Fireworks)
  • Knives, Blades or Sharp Objects (of any length)
  • Laser Pointers, Signs, Posters
  • Mace, Pepper Spray, Sticks, Poles
  • Electric Stun Guns
  • Martial Arts Weapons or devices
  • Umbrellas larger 36" in diameter (those smaller than 36" will be allowed)
  • Pocket or Hand Tools such as a "Leatherman"
  • Sealed Packages, Large boxes, Duffle bags, Suitcases
  • Drones, Model rockets, Remote or Manually-controlled Model Gliders, Model Airplanes or Unmanned Aircrafts, Model Boats and/or Cars and other unmanned ground or aircraft systems

Tour Bus Rerouting

Tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Independence Avenue, SW, to Third Street, between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW, for passenger drop-off and pick-up on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3.  Tour buses will drop-off passengers on Washington and Independence Avenues, SW, or Louisiana Avenue and First Street, NW, on Tuesday, July 4.

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Temporary street closures and parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 5 at 4 a.m.

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Maryland Avenue, SW, between First Street to Third Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between First Street to Third Street
  • The area between Peace Circle and Garfield Circle will remain closed until 4 a.m. on July 6.

From Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1, the traffic pattern on First Street, NW/SW between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will be impacted. Two southbound lanes will be open but they will be coned on the white line dividing them and allowing two-lane traffic – one lane northbound and one lane southbound. The two northbound lanes will be closed.

For additional information about the July 4th Concert, please visit www.pbs.org. If there are questions about this event, please contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202.224.1677.