Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

September 2, 2010
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 September 2, 2010
(202) 224-1677  

Concert & Dress Rehearsal Info

The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 5, 2010 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, September 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m.

Public Access & Traveling Tips

All public entry points will be wheelchair accessible. Handicap Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First Street, NW and Third Street, NW.

You may enter the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from:

  • North Side
    • First Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW
    • Third Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South Side
    • First Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW
    • Third Street, SW and Maryland Avenue, SW

Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, and to use public transportation since parking on U.S. Capitol Grounds will be extremely limited. You may visit to plan your trip using public transportation. The nearest metro stops to the U.S. Capitol are Capitol South, and Union Station.

Security Measures & Prohibited Items

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance. Anyone attending events on the West Lawn 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.

Strollers and folding chairs are permitted. Service animals only are permitted, and they must be kept on a leash no more than four (4) feet in length. For this event only, food items are permitted.

The United States Capitol Police would like to remind everyone that DC law prohibits the possession of any open containers of alcoholic beverages.

In addition to any other item at the discretion of security screeners that may pose a threat to the safety and security of the event and its participants, the following items are prohibited: grills; bicycles; oversized umbrellas (radius no greater than 36” when fully open); sticks or poles; electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices; firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated), explosives of any kind (including fireworks); mace, pepper spray; non-aerosol spray; knives, blades or sharp objects (of any length), razors and box cutters; pocket or hand tools such as “Leatherman” tools; laser pointers; posters or signs; sealed packages, large boxes, duffle bags, and suitcases; alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles.

Tour Bus Rerouting

Area tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW to Third Street & Maryland Avenue, SW for passenger drop off and pick up from Friday, September 3 at 9:00 a.m. through Monday, September 6 at 7:00 a.m.

Street Closures

Temporary street closures will last from 1:00 a.m. on Friday, September 3 through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 6:

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

First Street between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will remain closed through Monday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.

For additional information on The Labor Day Capitol Concert, please visit

If there are any questions about this event or our security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Office