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2014 Labor Day Capitol Concert

August 26, 2014



WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- The Capitol Police issued the following news release:

The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing.

The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, August 31, 2014 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--no tickets are required.

Public Access, Mobility Impaired Info and Traveling Tips

The general public can access the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol via Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. or Third Street and Maryland Avenue, S.W. Mobility impaired guests and their party may access the West Lawn at both public entry points which will be wheelchair accessible.

A limited number of parking spaces for mobility impaired guests and their party will be available on a first come, first served basis along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First Street and Third Street, N.W.

Due to increased security measures, the public should expect traffic delays surrounding the Capitol Grounds. Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip using public transportation.

Prohibited Items and Security Measures

The U.S. Capitol Police along with event and production 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 occurs, please follow the directions of the U.S. Capitol Police.

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, food items are permitted. You are encouraged to bring your own supply of water or an empty water bottle that can be filled at on-site water stations. Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are prohibited. In addition to any other items determined to be prohibited at the discretion of the U.S. Capitol Police, the following items are prohibited:

* 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

* OVERSIZED UMBRELLAS (RADIUS > 36" WHEN OPEN)

* POCKET OR HAND TOOLS SUCH AS "LEATHERMAN"

* SEALED PACKAGES, LARGE BOXES, DUFFLE BAGS, SUITCASES

The USCP would like those in attendance to enjoy the Labor Day Capitol Concert in a safe environment. Therefore, we remind the public to be alert and aware of one's surroundings. If you notice suspicious behavior or activity, such as an unattended bag on Capitol Grounds, please bring it to the attention of a law enforcement officer.

Tour Bus Access

Tour buses will not have access to Garfield Circle or Peace Circle from Friday, August 29, 2014 through Monday, September 1, 2014.

Street Closures

Temporary street closures will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 through 4:00 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014:

* First Street between Independence Avenue, S.W. and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

* Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between First Street, NW and Third Street, NW

* Maryland Avenue between First Street, SW and Third Street, SW

However, two (2) northbound lanes and one (1) southbound lane on First Street S.W./N.W. between Peace and Garfield Circles will remain closed until 2 p.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014.

For additional information on The Labor Day Capitol Concert, please visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/nso/.

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

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