TRAFFIC ALERT: 2023 Wreaths Across America

Published on December 11, 2023

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ARLINGTON, Va. –The annual Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery will begin arriving in Arlington County on Friday, December 15th. The annual convoy of wreaths, originating in Maine and ending at Arlington National Cemetery, includes over 75 tractor trailers and numerous support vehicles that will reach the Cemetery at various times throughout the day.

On Saturday, December 16th, several thousand volunteers will descend upon the Cemetery and help lay wreaths on every gravesite throughout the property beginning at 8:00 a.m. The public can anticipate large crowds and heavy pedestrian traffic related to the event. Traffic is expected to be impacted in and around the immediate area and motorists are advised to allot for extended travel times and seek alternate routes to reduce road congestion.

The Arlington County Police Department and its partnering law enforcement agencies will close roads and monitor traffic conditions in order to accommodate the event. Volunteers and the public should be aware of the following potential disruptions on Saturday, December 16th, starting at 6:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.:

  • Marshall Drive, between N. Meade Street and Rt. 110, will be closed and restricted to authorized traffic only.
  • N. Meade Street will be closed from 14th Street N. to Marshall Drive, except for local residents.
  • Columbia Pike will be closed from S. Joyce Street to Rotary Road and restricted to authorized traffic only.
  • Northbound S. Eads Street, between 15th Street S. and 18th Street S. will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.
  • Additional road closures will be implemented in locations along I-395, the George Washington Parkway, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, and the Pentagon Reservation by the United States Park Police, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Police, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

Other roads not listed may be closed for short durations at the discretion of law enforcement and in the interest of public safety. Motorists are reminded that parking on the shoulders of Rt. 110 and Washington Boulevard is strictly prohibited.  Any vehicle that is left unattended will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Stopping or standing in the travel lanes to discharge or pick up passengers is also prohibited, and police officers will be patrolling along Rt. 110 and Washington Blvd. to address observed violations of applicable traffic laws.

Arriving at Arlington National Cemetery

Attendees are encouraged to utilize multimodal and public transportation options to reduce vehicular congestion. A designated rideshare drop-off and pick-up zones has been established at the Hayes Lot in Pentagon City, located at 880 Army Navy Drive.

Additional Information

Volunteers and attendees seeking additional information should visit the Arlington National Cemetery website.

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