LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – If you’re planning on going to the National Mall Friday night to party like it’s 1776, this guide has everything you need to know before you go.

Fireworks will light up the sky for about 20 minutes beginning at 9:10 p.m. But you’re going to want to get there early to get a good spot because about 700,000 people are expected to attend the celebration.

The National Park Service is advising spectators to leave pets at home and bring plenty of food, water and sunscreen.

Metro is running on a Saturday schedule, but trains have been added to help accommodate crowds going to see the fireworks.

    Prohibited Items:

  • Guns or any weapons
  • Explosives
  • Alcohol
  • Fireworks or firecrackers
  • Grills
  • Glass containers
    Places to Eat (concessions stands):

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • 16th Street & Constitution Avenue
  • GSI Concession Stands Throughout the National Mall
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival

More than 100 EMS volunteers will be available to provide medical services on the National Mall and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Medical aid stations will be identified by red banners with a blue star.


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