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What to Know About the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC
A guide to the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC, including practical tips, where to eat on the National Mall and more.
Washington, DC has long been a place where individuals from across the United States of America have exercised their First Amendment rights by marching for a cause. From the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession down America’s Main Street – Pennsylvania Avenue – and the 1964 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial, to the annual March for Life and the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the nation’s capital is home to some of the most significant moments in American history.
Regardless of whichever administration is in power, Washington, DC celebrates the right to march and the First Amendment rights of individuals. If you’re visiting DC for the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, read on for more information and practical tips for when you’re in town.
The March for Our Lives Information
The March for Our Lives will take place at 12 p.m. on March 24 in Washington, DC on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street NW and 12th Street NW. Pedestrian entrances will be located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street NW, Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW and Indiana Avenue and 7th Street NW.
According to a permit filed with the National Park Service, the march will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” and up to 500,000 people are expected to attend.
The closest Metro station to the March For Our Lives is the Archives-Navy Memorial station located on the Yellow and Green lines. Metro will operate with rush-hour service levels throughout the day, opening at 7 a.m. with trains near downtown DC arriving every 2-4 minutes.
Banners and signs smaller than 20’ x 3’ x ¼” will be allowed at the rally, and wearable, foldable and rollable banners and signs are encouraged. Additionally, there will be ADA-accessible portable bathrooms on site.
Learn more about road closures and parking restrictions during the March for Our Lives here.
What Can I Expect If I Ride the Metro?
Metro is preparing for very heavy ridership on March 24. While you can purchase a SmarTrip card at any Metrorail station, visitors are encouraged to buy SmarTrip cards in advance online. For more information about riding Metro, from station closures to fare information to group travel, visit WMATA's March for Our Lives webpage.
Where Can I Use the Bathroom on the National Mall?
There are public restrooms, all with handicapped accessibility, located by the Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln and World War II memorials, as well as near Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds. All of the museums on the National Mall also have ample public restrooms.
Where Can I Eat on the National Mall?
There are plenty of great food options within walking distance to the National Mall. From restaurant dining near the monuments and memorials to cafes in popular museums, explore all of the best places to eat on and around the National Mall and view our dining map.
Additional Information for Your Visit
There are many museums and sites in Washington, DC where you can celebrate the First Amendment and right to free speech during your visit.
The Newseum is dedicated to promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press, assembly, petition and religion, and features numerous interactive elements that make it one of the most cutting-edge museums in the world. On Friday, March 23, the Newseum will host a special program where student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. will recount their experiences witnessing and reporting on the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting that killed 17 of their fellow students and teachers. Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation and CBS News’ senior foreign affairs correspondent, will lead the discussion. The Newseum has also put together information and resources for students and teachers to examine First Amendment freedoms and their role in democracy.
Nearby, the National Archives and Records Administration Building and Museum is home to the three most important documents in American history: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There, visitors can see firsthand the first ten amendments to the Constitution and read their rights to freedom of the speech, of the press, to peaceably assemble and more.
Other notable sites in Washington, DC that celebrate the First Amendment include the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, which chronicles the origins of the suffrage and women’s rights movements, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, featuring numerous exhibits dedicated to the African American struggle for freedom and the Civil Rights Movement, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, with exhibits on American democracy and the original Greensboro lunch counter.
Group Travel Logistics
Washington, DC makes group travel easy with its accessibility, amazing dining options, educational tours and wealth of free museums. Find out why the nation’s capital is a great place for groups. If your group is traveling by motorcoach, please note that there are regulations that cover permitting and traffic flow for motorcoaches in response to safety, security and preservation requirements. For up-to-date information on all motorcoach news, information and regulations, visit GoDCGo.com.