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July 4 Fireworks Viewing Areas and Road Closures

by ARLnow.com — July 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm 3,489 9 Comments

The region’s big Independence Day fireworks display on the National Mall is expected to kick off around 9:10 p.m. tonight

The display will last about 17 minutes, according to the National Park Service. For those who want to watch the fireworks from this side of the Potomac River, there are a number of places to watch the fireworks in and around Arlington tonight.

Among them:

Numerous road closures will be put in place to keep fireworks watchers safe. The planned closures include Memorial Bridge, Memorial Circle, and portions of Columbia Pike, eastbound Route 50, Washington Boulevard, and Long Bridge Drive. A full list is available on the Arlington County Police Department website.

Additionally, police are reminding fireworks-goers that grills, fireworks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on county and federal park lands. Coolers and backpacks will be subject to search.

If you’re planning on going out to watch the fireworks, you might want to pack an umbrella. Storms are possible between 5:00 and 10:00 tonight, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA.

Send us your fireworks and Fourth of July celebration photos via our Flickr page. We’ll be publishing a number of Flickr photos tomorrow. Want to know how to take great fireworks photos? See the guide posted by We Love DC.

Dislosure: Arlington County is advertising its Fourth of July event at Long Bridge Park with ARLnow.com.

  • Dan

    So GW Parkway will remain open?

    • kc

      No stopping along the way as there has been in the past but still should be open.

      • Dan

        awesome thanks, trying to figure out best way to get from crystal city to NW DC tonight

  • nom de guerre

    Does anyone know if the fireworks will feature any whistlin’ bungholes? On another note, did anyone else hear that Amelia Earhart’s remains were discovered in the excavation of the former property of T. A. Sullivan’s Memorials in Clarendon at the corner of N. Highland and Washingon Blvd.?

    • Fred Noonan

      Did not know this about Amelia Earhart.

    • drax

      The sign with the hours that Sam’s Corner was open was also found at the T.A. Sullivan’s site, buried under mud in the basement. It had been lost for decades.

    • Jason B

      You’re gonna stand there, and tell me you don’t have no whistlin’ bungholes, no spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin’ kitty chaser?

  • Chris

    Does anyone know if the Washington Golf & Country Club up on Glebe will be launching fireworks again this year?

  • South Awwlington

    Glad to see Arlington is still providing locations to enjoy the Fireworks from.

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