Mar 7, 2024 - Things to Do

State of the Union road closures and watch parties

A map of road closures around the US Capitol for State of the Union 2024
Map courtesy of U.S. Capitol Police

President Biden is delivering the State of the Union Thursday night, and that means extensive road closures and fun watch parties (we got you for both).

Why it matters: In life, nothing is certain but death and taxes. In D.C., it's traffic and political drink specials.

Driving the news: No driving around the Capitol! Especially after 5:30pm, when a lengthy series of road closures goes into effect (though some streets close as early as 6:30am). They're expected to last until around 11pm.

At 5:30pm, the following roads will be closed:

  • Constitution Avenue between Louisiana Avenue, NW, and 2nd Street, NE
  • Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue, SW, and 2nd Street, SE
  • First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • D Street between First Street, NE, and 2nd Street, NE
  • First Street between Independence Avenue, SW, and Washington Avenue, SW
  • Maryland Avenue between First Street, NE, and Constitution Avenue, NE
  • New Jersey Avenue between C Street, NW, and Constitution Avenue, NW

At 7pm, the following roads will be closed:

  • 2nd Street between Constitution Avenue, NE, and Independence Avenue, SE
  • Constitution Avenue between 3rd Street, NW, and Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • First Street between C Street, NW, and Louisiana Avenue, NW
  • Independence Avenue between 3rd Street, SW, and Washington Avenue, SW
  • Washington Avenue between Independence Avenue, SW, and C Street, SW
  • 2nd Street between Washington Avenue, SW, and C Street, SW

Between the lines: It's also the Embassy Chef Challenge at Union Station starting at 6pm, so expect that area to be busy as well.

Where to watch: Bars are busting out their bingo cards and pouring cheap drinks.

🍻 Union Pub: The Capitol Hill bar is hosting a watch party with drink specials from 8pm to close, plus SOTU bingo.

🌮 Shaw's Tavern: Come for a watch party (TVs on with sound), stay for tacos and margarita deals, and half-price wine bottles.

🆙 Busboys and Poets: The café's 14th Street location is hosting a watch party with Stand Up! for Democracy in DC. TVs will tune in throughout the restaurant.

avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Washington D.C..

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Washington D.C. stories

No stories could be found

Washington D.C.postcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Washington D.C..

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more