NEWS | July 2, 2021

DC National Guard personnel to support civil authorities for Independence Day celebration

By D.C. National Guard Public Affairs

District of Columbia National Guard personnel will support local authorities during Independence Day activities in the National Capital Region, July 4.

Citizen soldiers and airmen of the D.C. National Guard will support the D.C. Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, U.S. Park Police, and other civil authorities to ensure the safety and security of participants in Independence Day activities in the District.

“The D.C. National Guard is proud and honored to support our interagency partners during the celebration of our country’s Independence Day,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, interim D.C. National Guard commanding general. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our neighbors in the community and everyone participating in July 4th festivities in the district.”

D.C. National Guard members will provide crowd management and traffic control as well as other support activities and help inform visitors regarding closures and restricted areas.

Historically, the D.C. National Guard has provided such support for many national special security events such as presidential inaugurations and state of the union addresses.

The D.C. National Guard is made up of soldiers and airmen who support the community, many work as police, firefighters, business owners and government leaders in their civilian capacity. Guard members have been protecting the National Capital Region and defending the nation since 1802.

For more information about the D.C. National Guard visit: https://dc.ng.mil.