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Annual Labor Day Concert at U.S. Capitol - September 2, 2018

August 29, 2018
Press Release
Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items & Street Closures

On Sunday, September 2, 2018, the annual Labor Day Capitol Concert, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol beginning at 8 p.m.  The gates will open to the public at 3 p.m

There also will be a concert dress rehearsal on Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m.  The event is open and free to the public.  For information about the concert program, please visit the Kennedy Center website.


Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking, and Travel Tips

All public entrances are wheelchair accessible.  Mobility impaired guests and their parties will be accommodated at any public entrance.  Limited parking on a first come, first serve basis will be available to mobility-impaired guests and their parties along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First and Third Streets, NW. 

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol are as follows:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square:  Third Street, SW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited.  Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.  Please visit to help plan your trip.


Prohibited Items, Security Measures, and Inclement Weather

The U.S. Capitol Police and concert event staff closely monitor weather conditions. Any changes to the schedule of events based on adverse weather conditions will be announced to the general public. If an evacuation of the West Front is necessitated by inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 8 p.m.

Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. for information in the event of inclement weather.

Everyone attending events on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site.  This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers. For this event, food items are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own supply of water.

The following items are prohibited. (Other items also may be prohibited at discretion of security screeners.)

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Glass bottles
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and Ammunitions (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Knives, Blades or Sharp Objects (of any length)
  • Laser Pointers, Signs, Posters
  • Mace, Pepper Spray, Sticks, Poles
  • Electric Stun Guns
  • Martial Arts Weapons or Devices
  • Umbrellas larger than 36” inches in diameter (those smaller than 36” will be allowed)
  • Pocket or Hand Tools such as a “Leatherman”
  • Sealed Packages, Large Boxes, Duffle Bags, Suitcases
  • Drones, Model Rockets, Remote or Manually-controlled Model Gliders, Model Airplanes or Unmanned Aircrafts, Model Boats and/or Cars and other Unmanned Ground or Aircraft Systems


Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Temporary street closures and parking restrictions will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3 at 4 a.m. at the following locations:

  • First Street from Independence Avenue, SW, to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Maryland Avenue between First Street and Third Street, SW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between First Street and Third Street, NW

On Sunday, September 2, from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., no parking will be allowed on New Jersey Avenue, NW, between C Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. 


Tour Bus Rerouting

On Saturday, September 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m., tour buses will be rerouted from First Street, NW/SW, to Third Street, between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Independence Avenue, SW, for passenger drop-off and pick-up.