WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Are you thinking about taking Metro this Independence Day? Metro has released 10 tips you should know as you kick off the 4th of July holiday.

1. Metrorail opens at 7 a.m. and closes at midnight.

2. Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule for most of the day, ramping up to rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks display. Here’s the best part — there’s no scheduled track work on the 4th of July.

3. Your wallet will rest a little easier, parking is free at all Metro-operated lots and garages.

4. Reduced fares will be in effect all day, which means more people. To avoid lines, load enough value on your SmarTrip or paper farecard for your entire round trip.

5. You will save a little with a SmarTrip card. Each paper farecard costs a dollar more than those taken with a SmarTrip card. SmarTrip cards are available at all Metrorail stations, as well as local CVS, Giant and Safeway stores and Metro sales offices.

6. It’s recommended that you plan your trip to a station on the same line as your starting point to avoid congestion at transfer stations. Luckily, all Metrorail lines have stations within a short walk of the National Mall. Walk back to the same station at the end of the event.

7. Use stations other than Smithsonian or Federal Triangle because these two stations will see the heaviest traffic (and largest crowds) for National Mall events. Also note that Smithsonian Station will be “entry-only” at the conclusion of the fireworks display.

8. See something? Say something! While there are no specific or credible threats against Metro at this time, Metro Transit Police reminds riders to report any unattended items or suspicious activity to the nearest uniformed employee, or call Metro Transit Police at (202) 962-2121.

9. Metrobus service will operate on a Sunday schedule which means that buses that travel near the National Mall may be subject to detours. Check wmata.com/alerts/bus for details.

10. No bicycles or large coolers on Metrorail. For safety reasons–and to make room for everyone–we restrict these large items on July 4. Collapsable bicycles are permitted.

Complete July 4th service information can be found on Metro’s Website.

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