Metro to run additional trains for July 4th celebrations

Those wishing to celebrate Independence Day on the National Mall can take a ride from Metro, which will run additional trains on July 4 and 5.

Those wishing to celebrate Independence Day on the National Mall can take a ride from Metro, which will run additional trains on July 4 and 5.

Metro said on Friday it will send more trains to help people get to and from the day’s festivities.

On Sunday, the train service will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with the early hours operating on a regular weekend schedule. From 4 p.m., trains will run at peak times, or better, before and after the fireworks, until closing, Metro said.

From 4 p.m., trains will run every six minutes on the red line, every eight minutes on the orange line and every 12 minutes on all other lines.

Metro said all stations will be open, but the entrance to the National Mall at Smithsonian Station will not enter until after 9 p.m. in order to accommodate the crowds leaving the area. The Arlington Cemetery station will also close at 10 p.m.

Passengers will be charged off-peak rates throughout the day and parking will be free at all facilities operated by Metro.

Bicycles and large coolers will not be allowed on trains after 2 p.m. to accommodate more passengers.

On Monday, Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Face masks are still required on subways and buses under federal law.

Some July 4th road closures are already in effect in the DC area.

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