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Women’s March on Philadelphia: Road closures, parking restrictions, how to get there

About 20K are expected to march

The Women’s March on Philadelphia will take place on Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m.
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On Saturday, January 21, an estimated 20,000 people including Mayor Jim Kenney are expected to take part in the Women’s March on Philadelphia, joining hundreds of other cities around the globe to protest the presidential Inauguration and show their support for women’s civil liberties and rights.

Whether or not you are participating, and although the march will only be about a mile or so long, the city is shutting down some streets and limiting parking. So there will undoubtedly be some delays if you’re trying to get around town on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

What time is the march?

The march begins at 10 a.m., followed by a rally from 12 to 3 p.m.

Where is the march?

It will start at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, ending at Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the rally.

Which streets will be closed?

These streets will be closed starting at 6:55 a.m. until about 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st.

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 20th Street (including Logan Circle)
  • 19th Street between Race Street and Vine Street
  • Race Street between 20th Street and Logan Circle

These streets will be closed from 6:55 a.m. to about 5 p.m.

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)
  • 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Race Street
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive
  • Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street

I’m driving. Where can or can’t I park?

Parking will be temporarily restricted on these streets from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 16th Street to 20th Streets (both sides of the street)
  • 20th Street from Race Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway (east side of the street)
  • 19th Street from Cherry Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
  • 18th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
  • 17th Street from Race Street to Arch Street (both sides of the street)
  • 1600 Cherry Street (both sides of the street)

Parking will be temporarily restricted on these streets from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes; both sides)
  • 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue & Race Street (both sides of street)
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street (both sides of street)
  • Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (north side of the street)
  • Sedgley Drive from Kelly Drive to Poplar Drive (both sides of the street)
  • 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street (north side of the street)
  • Waterworks Drive parking area in the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (both sides of the street and circle)

I’m taking public transportation. Any detours I should know about?

If you’re taking the subway or train, you shouldn’t have any problems. The closest SEPTA station is Suburban Station at 16th and JFK Boulevard, about a 13-minute walk to the start of the march.

SEPTA bus routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will take detours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.