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Unread 06-29-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Default DC metro parking July 4th weekend

Hey everyone,

I tried posting this in the DC forum, but didn't get much of a response, so I'm trying it here.

I'm going to be in DC for the 4th, and would like to park outside the city and metro in. I see that the Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations have multi-day parking spaces, but not that many. What are the chances of getting one if I show up sometime July 3rd? Do these lots even fill up for holiday weekends? (I'm guessing they do)

Are there any other options if these parking garages are full? Since weekends are free anyway, can you just park in a non-multi day spot?

Thanks!
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:00 AM
 
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If those garages are full, you can always drive to Arlington, specifically the Ballston Commons parking garage on North Glebe Road. It's owned by Arlington County and open 24-7, so you can park there, just not in the reserved spots, and IIRC it's $8/day.

Ballston Parking Garage : Transportation : Arlington, Virginia

You can even get to the Metro by going across bridges across the streets from the Mall, and through an office building. It's more convenient than walking along the streets, especially since you do get some cool breaks when indoors.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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You might try driving into the city. Last year, we drove in to meet family staying in a hotel near the White House, and getting on the crowded Metro with our infant twins in a double stroller was not feasible. We expected traffic, but we were the ONLY people on 66 driving into the city early in the morning; it was deserted. We easily found street parking one block from the hotel. It was probably worse later in the day - we were there really early to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence at NARA. Getting out after the fireworks wasn't too bad, either, although we did hang out for a little while to let the crowds clear.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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I think there's a good chance you'll be able to get a parking place at the Franconia-Springfield metro parking garage. And if you can't, park at the Springfield Mall and walk -- it's only about 2 blocks.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies.

About the Ballston Commons parking garage and the Springfield Mall - can I leave my car at these garages for several days? I'll probably be there for 2-3 straight days.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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Ballston Commons is not an issue, I believe, to leave the car for a couple of days, since the garage is owned by Arlington County. Springfield Mall is not a controlled-access garage, like Ballston is, or I should say Ballston has on-site staff, since there are multiple entrances for pedestrians, but there are gates for cars. And, if I am not mistaken, there are security cameras at Ballston, too.
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Unread 07-01-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

I tried posting this in the DC forum, but didn't get much of a response, so I'm trying it here.

I'm going to be in DC for the 4th, and would like to park outside the city and metro in. I see that the Franconia-Springfield and Huntington stations have multi-day parking spaces, but not that many. What are the chances of getting one if I show up sometime July 3rd? Do these lots even fill up for holiday weekends? (I'm guessing they do)

Are there any other options if these parking garages are full? Since weekends are free anyway, can you just park in a non-multi day spot?

Thanks!

It will LITERALLY take you at least 4 hours to get home on Metro on the 4th.

And I would def have a friend or taxi drive you to the Metro.
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