4th of July - 2013 Washington DC
On this July 4, many will be celebrating the day with barbecues, watching fireworks, being on the lake, and traveling to and from beaches.

Songs will fill the airwaves commemorating this the 240th anniversary of when our Founding Fathers declared their independence from England and starting what would become the United States of America.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

(Photo via Matthew Staubmuller, on Flickr)

Happy 240th Birthday America!

Tonight, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 240th birthday, with A Capitol Fourth on PBS. Broadcast LIVE at 8:00 PM from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the all-star musical extravaganza puts viewers front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation as the skies light up over the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and all of Washington, DC.

Watch A Capitol Fourth live right here at 8:00 PM from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

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Coast Guard reminds mariners to remain safe during 4th of July weekend

The Coast Guard is reminding mariners to be safe on the water during the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Several fireworks displays are planned throughout the region, which may affect boater traffic.

Mariners are urged to transit these areas with caution, to keep a sharp lookout for other watercraft, and are reminded to heed the directions of patrolling law enforcement and public safety officials.

Absent specific guidance, mariners should remain 300 yards from any fireworks discharge site. Questions regarding fireworks displays above or near navigable waters may be directed to Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region at (410) 576-2693.

“We want everyone to have fun and enjoy the holiday weekend, but more importantly we want boaters to return home to family and friends,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region.

Other safety tips for the holiday weekend include:

  • Have a designated driver – In the sun and out on the water, boaters are more susceptible to the affects of alcohol.
  • Wear a lifejacket – Even within arms length, donning a lifejacket during an accident can become impossible. If a boater loses consciousness, access to a lifejacket will do nothing for them.Having a reliable form of communication – Cell phones can lose service and power.
  • Having a marine band radio and calling out on VHF-Channel 16 will provide a boater with the best chance of response.

Downloading the Coast Guard app will provide access to essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.

(Photo via Coast Guard News, on Flickr)

Happy Independence Day!

While Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, July 2nd is America’s real Independence Day.

The Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, but two days earlier on July 2nd, the Continental Congress passed the Lee Resolution (Richard Henry Lee), declaring that the people were independent from Britain.  (more…)

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Traffic Alert: July 4 Road Closures

The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police, US Park Police, and Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple roadways in the Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 4th, 2016.  These closures are designed to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for the Independence Day events and fireworks.

Listed below are the streets and times that will be affected:  (more…)

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City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for 2016 Independence Day Holiday

All City of Alexandria, Virginia government offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on July 4.  This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Here is the breakdown…

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