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Road Closures Announced For Aug. 28 March

8/26/2013, 9:20 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. (National Archives)

Southbound Potomac River Freeway and ramp to Independence Avenue-traffic will be diverted to the outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge

Ramp from eastbound Teddy Roosevelt Bridge to Independence Avenue NW

PARKING RESTRICTIONS:

No parking restriction signs have been posted on Constitution Avenue from 17th Street to 23rd Street on the north and south side of the street.

A.M. TRAFFIC PATTERN:

A modified traffic change will be in effect for the AM rush hour. All traffic changes on Rock Creek Parkway from Shoreham Hill to Virginia Avenue will be made in accordance with the Guideline Manual for traffic changes in the Washington Metropolitan area. All traffic from southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be forced to eastbound Virginia Avenue.

P.M. TRAFFIC PATTERN:

The P.M. traffic change will be made at the conclusion of the event.

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

As a security precaution, all items listed below will not be allowed onto the National Park Service property in conjunction with this event. Please note, the Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other items that are determined to be a potential public safety hazard:

• Aerosols

• Ammunition

• Animals other than helper/guide dogs

• Backpacks

• Bags and signs exceeding size restrictions (8"x6"x4")

• Bicycles

• Balloons

• Coolers

• Explosives

• Firearms

• Glass or thermal containers

• Laser pointers

• Mace / Pepper spray

• Packages

• Structures

• Supports for signs and placards

• Weapons of any kind

GETTING THERE:

Visitors are strongly advised to use public transportation. Metro stations near the National Mall and Memorial Parks, U.S. Capitol, and President’s Park that will remain open throughout the day include: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Farragut North, Farragut West, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Union Station, Federal Center S.W., and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Pentagon. Up-to-date information can be found at www.wmata.com

METRO RIDERS PLEASE NOTE:

If you choose to participate in the bell ringing ceremony you should NOT plan to use the Arlington metro stop. The closest stop will be the Foggy Bottom stop.

VISITOR SERVICES:

Food, water, and refreshments will be available for purchase at concession stands in the area

Portable restrooms, including ADA accessible restrooms, will be available

VISITOR SAFETY:

Visitors should prepare for heat and sun. NPS recommends that visitors:

Bring enough food and water for the entire day (water-bottle filling stations will be available)

Drink plenty of water even when not thirsty

Wear weather-appropriate clothing

Use sunscreen

Minimize consumption of beverages containing caffeine or alcohol

Eat throughout the day

Take frequent shade breaks

Periodically get out of the heat and into air conditioning, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reduce exertion during the hottest hours

Bring extra medication.

FIRST AID STATIONS:

First aid stations will be located on both sides of the Reflecting Pool

Cooling tents will be located on the north side of the Reflecting Pool

FAMILY REUNIFICATION:

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.

EVENT QUESTIONS:

Contact Phone - 800-311-7020 for general Questions regarding ticketing or accessibility