Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

September 1, 2011
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 September 1, 2011
(202) 224-1677  

Concert & Dress Rehearsal Info

The Labor Day Capitol Concertwill take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 4, 2011 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 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m.

The dress rehearsal and concert are free to the public, and no tickets are required.

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.

Prohibited Items & Security Measures


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.  For this event only, food items are permitted. You are encouraged to bring your own supply of water as no bottled water will be supplied.  Your water bottles may be refilled at any one of the drinkable water fountains in the area of the U.S. Capitol.  In the case of First Aid needs and medical emergencies, water will be available.


The following items are prohibited for this event:


Alcoholic beverages of any kind; glass bottles; animals (other than service animals); bicycles; firearms and ammunition (real, replica or simulated); explosives of any kind (including fireworks); stun guns; martial arts weapons or devices; razors and box cutters; pocket or hand tools such as “Leatherman” knives, blades or sharp objects of any length; mace, pepper spray; sticks and poles; oversized umbrellas (no greater than 36” radius when fully opened); sealed packages, large boxes, duffle bags, suitcases.


Other items may be determined to be prohibited at the discretion of the U.S. Capitol Police.


Tour Bus Rerouting


Area tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW to Third Street for passenger drop off and pick up from Saturday, September 3 at 9:00 a.m. through Monday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m.


Street Closures


Temporary street closures will last from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5 at 7:00 a.m.:

  • 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

Two northbound lanes along First Street between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will remain closed through Monday, September 5 at 2:00 p.m.


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


If there are any questions about these events 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