Celebrating July 4 on JBM-HH
The Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will pay tribute to the nation with a 50-gun salute, one round for each of the 50 states of the union, at noon July 4 on Whipple Field, which is on the Fort Myer side of the base. All are advised that Marshall Drive, next to Whipple Field, will be blocked during the ceremony. Please be aware that a short period of gunfire may be heard in the vicinity of the joint base at this time.
Then beginning at 5:05 p.m., Whipple Field will open to all Department of Defense ID card holders, their Families and guests to view the National Mall fireworks. The fireworks are set to start at 9:09 p.m. Be advised that the fireworks may be delayed or cancelled if there is significant weather.
DOD card holders bringing guests are advised that their guests prevet in advanced. Guests not currently registered at the joint base for access may apply online at https://pass.aie.army.mil/jbmhh. Upon successful vetting, applicants will receive an email containing their pass as both a printable PDF and a scannable cellphone image.
Wright Gate, located at N. Meade Street and Marshall Drive, will close to all vehicular traffic beginning at 3 p.m. July 4 in preparation for the Whipple Field fireworks viewing. Be advised the gate may close earlier. Pedestrian access and egress will be allowed at Wright Gate until the gate closes at 11 p.m. As a reminder, only DOD-issued ID card holders may enter through Wright Gate. The gate will reopen to vehicular traffic at 5 a.m. July 5.
In addition, to prepare for the arrival of guests for the fireworks viewing, Marshall Drive and Jackson Avenue will close to vehicle traffic beginning at 4:15 p.m. The McNair Road exit will be closed to north bound vehicular traffic beginning at 4:30 p.m.
This year’s viewing will include the opportunity to purchase food and nonalcoholic beverage through JBM-HH MWR vendors. Cash and credit forms of payment will be accepted. Concessions will be available at the DFMWR pool, which will be open July 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Concessions will also be available at Whipple Field, shortly after the field opens to guests.
After the fireworks, vehicles may exit via Hatfield Gate and Henderson Hall Gate 1. Guests are asked to follow the direction of emergency services personnel to exit the base.
Parking at JBM-HH is in authorized parking spots only. Due to street closures, the Tri Services lot is recommended.
Approved and prohibited items
Approved visitor items at JBM-HH include clear plastic bottles, backpacks, strollers, diaper bags, chairs, blankets, seat cushions, cellphones, cameras (in accordance with JBM-HH photo policy) and service dogs. All items are subject to search.
Prohibited items include alcohol, weapons (firearms and knives with blades greater than 2.5 inches), grills, fireworks (to include sparklers), glass containers, pets, laser pointers, drones, pop-up tents, and running games such as football, baseball, and Frisbee.
Arlington County has announced its road closures around the Fort Myer and Henderson Hall portions of JBM-HH as county police prepare for other Fourth of July fireworks viewing sites. To view a full list of closures in Arlington County, visit https://newsroom.arlingtonva. us/release/traffic-alert-july-4th-road-closures-6/.
The National Parks Service has released a list of road closures in the Washington, D.C., area. To view the list, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/na-tionalmall4th/closures.htm.
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