Independence Day Visiting Guidelines

Monday, July 4, 2016 | 8:00am

To celebrate Independence Day, many neighbors have a tradition of coming to the Peace Cross on the Cathedral Close as a local vantage point from which to watch the fireworks on the National Mall. We welcome you to join them and offer this information to help you plan your visit.



Safety of all visitors to the Close is our primary concern on this festive occasion. Because there are many pedestrians crossing the roads, we will impose the following vehicular restrictions:

  • No parking will be permitted on South Road after 1 p.m. 
  • No vehicular traffic will be permitted on South Road, Lych Gate Road, and Pilgrim  Road after 1 p.m.


Restrooms will be available on level B2 of the garage. There will be no admittance to Washington National Cathedral after 4:30 p.m. The Cathedral garage will be open until 11 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE: alcoholic beverages and fireworks are prohibited on the Cathedral Close grounds.


Please join us for the annual Independence Day organ concert at 11 a.m. This popular concert is fun for the whole family and features a variety of marches and patriotic music played by Cathedral organist Benjamin Straley and organist Peter Conte. Tickets are not required, but audience members are encouraged to arrive early to secure good seats. A free-will offering will be received.


Following the concert, the Washington Ringing Society will celebrate the holiday with a full peal attempt from 12:30 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. and again from 8:15 p.m. to approximately 9:15 p.m.


  • Admission
    • Free
  • Dates Offered
    • July 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm