Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) will have two FAA-mandated ground stops during Washington, DC’s, Fourth of July celebrations//
The first, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. ET, will accommodate military flyovers as part of President Donald Trump’s Independence Day parade, while the second, from 9:00-9:45 p.m. ET, is due to the city’s fireworks display.
The FAA suggests that passengers traveling into or out of DCA during those periods should check with their airlines.
Fireworks, parades, flight delays? Passengers flying into and out of Washington, DC’s, Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) may have an unusual interruption during Fourth of July celebrations in the nation’s capital this year: Two planned ground stops.
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a suspension of flight operations at the airport during two windows on July 4. The first will be between 6:15-7:45 p.m. ET, to free up airspace for military flyovers as part of President Donald Trump’s Independence Day parade and celebrations in the capital.
The second ground stop, from 9:00-9:45 p.m. ET, is because of the city’s fireworks display. The fireworks are normally launched from the National Mall, which doesn’t cause any issues for Reagan airport. However, the launching site was moved to the Tidal Basin and West Potomac Park in order to accommodate a White House celebration at the Lincoln Memorial during the parade, as Business Insider’s Eliza Relman reported last week. That new site will cause the fireworks to interfere with the air space surrounding the airport.