|WMATA Metro will provide extra rail service on Thursday, July 4, for the benefit of customers attending holiday festivities on the National Mall. Learn more.|
Popular spots in Arlington to watch the national display are the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River that can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Watch the national fireworks at Arlington's own Long Bridge Park, located on the north end of Crystal City. It's easy to get there by bicycle — connection to the Mount Vernon Trail is nearby. There are a number of on-site parking spots, and it's easily accessible from Metrorail (Crystal City station, Blue Line), and Metrobus. Use the Metrorail/Metrobus Trip Planner.
The Air Force Memorial is located on a hill on Columbia Pike. Closest Metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City. You can park at Navy Annex parking lots (enter from Joyce Street or Columbia Pike) or park at Pentagon Mall; be sure to be parked no later than 7:30 p.m.
Take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Gateway Park in Rosslyn is a short walk from Metro.
To reach the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Gravely Point parking lot, head south on the Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport. At the airport, circle back to head north onto the Parkway towards the 14th Street Bridge. About a quarter of mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area. No glass bottles, alcohol or fireworks are allowed at the Gravely Point parking lot or anywhere along the Parkway.
If you plan to watch the fireworks from Iwo Jima, take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Approximate walking distance from Rosslyn Metro to Iwo Jima is 0.2 mile.
The Key Bridge crosses the Potomac River between Georgetown and Arlington. Take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Get there early to grab a spot at the bridge. There's no seating at the bridge, and you can stand on the sidewalks only.
Everyone visiting the Pentagon Reservation to park or view fireworks is subject to guidelines.
A number of streets will be closed on July 4th. Take Metro where possible. Any questions about traffic or street closings should be directed to the Special Operations Section of the Arlington County Police Department at 703-228-4147 (recorded message) or 703-228-4141.
Arlington County residents and visitors are also reminded that
A number of Arlington neighborhoods host community celebrations as well.