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Get the most "bang" out of your 4th

It’s finally that time of year! Family, friends, fun, fireworks…and traffic?! AAA Mid-Atlantic officials say that a record number of D.C.-area residents will hit the roads for Independence Day. We've got the low-down on what to expect on the roadways, and several local fireworks displays if you're sticking around town.

Navigating Downtown 

Metro Madness

·    You guessed it! There’s going to be a few slow spots on Metro! Despite the expected delays, officials say it’s the best way to get around town, especially on Independence Day. Expect rolling closures during the holiday festivities. Capital Bikeshare and taxi services are also options for getting around town. 

Out of Town/Beachgoers

·    It’s estimated that nearly 43 million American’s will travel more than 50 miles from home for the fireworks this year. The worst of the traffic is expected on July 1st-3rd. Officials say I-95 is likely going to be the slowest stretch this yearExpect some slow spots heading south towards Virginia Beach. More break lights should be expected on Route 50 heading east towards the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More of the bumper to bumper activity is expected into Delaware. 


If you’re choosing to stay in and around the DMV, there are a lot of fireworks shows to catch around town.


-Alexandria, VA: Oronoco Bay Park – July 8th 5-10 pm

-Annapolis, MD: Downtown Annapolis – July 4th 9:15 pm

-Chesapeake Beach, MD: July 2nd Dusk

-Columbia, MD: Columbia Lake Front – July 4th after dark

-Gaithersburg, MD: Bohrer Park – July 4th 9:20 pm

-Laurel, MD: Laurel Lakes – July 4th 9:15 pm

-Manassas, VA: Old Town – July 4th 9:15 pm

-McLean, VA: Church Hill Road Elementary School – July 4th 9 pm

-Purcellville, VA: Franklin Park – July 4th 9:30 pm

-Washington, D.C.: National Mall – July 4th 9:09 pm