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Monuments late night early morning

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Monuments late night early morning

I will have a car when visiting over the July 4th weekend this year. I am up everyday very early and would like to check out the memorials predawn. Is it safe? Parking lots open? Plan on doing this on Sunday July 6th

ps I am from Detroit so used to urban settings

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1. Re: Monuments late night early morning

I would say it's generally safe. Not that many people out there except joggers. And if people feel safe enough to go jogging, I take that as a good sign. Somebody else will have to tell you about where to park as I didn't drive around there. I don't think there's any actual parking lots near the monuments.

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2. Re: Monuments late night early morning

The memorials and monuments aren't really near an "urban setting", they're in parks. Nothing much around them at all except grassy space, other monuments...and the security guarding the places 24 hours a day.

You'll likely be looking for street parking versus a parking lot, and at 600 in the morning on a Sunday you'll likely have no problem finding it.

Just don't do it on Saturday the 5th instead; there will still be a lot of street closures from the fireworks the night before.

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3. Re: Monuments late night early morning

If you are an early riser, and have a car, then yes, it is an excellent time of day to drive around and see them. I made a recent early-morning trip to Union Station to drop off a family member, and the area around the monuments was a ghost town.

It is very easy to drive around, and you will probably find very easy parking on the street or in small lots near some of the monuments.

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4. Re: Monuments late night early morning

There is nearby street parking for nearly every monument (Washington, Lincoln, WW II, Viet Nam, Korea, Einstein, Iwo Jima, Pentagon, Air Force, Navy, Police Officers),

There are two with slightly distant parking: One is the Jefferson Memorial. It used to have a parking lot, but they closed it. Go to it and follow the signs for its parking.

The other is Martin Luther King, Jr. Park near the WW II memorial and walk over; it is between WW II (17th St) and Lincoln (23rd St) where 19th Street would be if it went that close to the water. And all of them are 100% safe; there are 24-hour Park Service police all around there.

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