District police stopped estimating crowds on the National Mall after the Million Man March in 1995. But the Washington Transit Authority counted 582,286 riders on the rail system last year. That number is down since 2009, when the Fourth was on a Saturday and 631,206 boarded Metro. Most cities expect the same numbers this year, on a Monday, as they saw last year when the event was on a Sunday night.
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Last Fourth of July, Washington Transit Authority counted 582,286 riders on Metrorail, the most popular method of transit to see the fireworks show on the National Mall. Naturally, Independence Day is the largest celebration in the capital city and is a source of both pride and headaches to its residents. But the spectacle on the National Mall is not the largest in the country. We surveyed mega-party planners in cities across the country and asked what numbers they drew last year and how many they’re expecting this year. Click through to see how Washington measures up.
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