Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen invites all residents to the Annapolis 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Blvd. and proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street.
The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The fireworks display will be launched from a barge in the Annapolis Harbor and can be viewed from many water locations. For questions about boat restrictions during the fireworks, contact the City Harbormaster’s Office at 410-263-7973.
For those viewing the fireworks from land, Susan Campbell Park has a fantastic view, but it is also the most crowded. Views from Main Street and the Harbormaster’s Building area will be partially obstructed. Suggested viewing areas are public spaces northeast of the Severn River or any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek.
Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to traffic at 9 p.m. to create a spectator pier overlook offering an unobstructed view of the fireworks.
The closer you get to downtown the harder it will be to park and get out after the celebration. Park in the Park Place Garage or the Knighton Garage for a maximum of only $10 a day, or $2 an hour, and take the FREE Circulator trolley down to Church Circle, a short walk to City Dock. An added bonus is both garages are on the parade route! For additional information go to http://bit.ly/xYYLmO
There will be no Circulator service to the Navy-Marine Crop Memorial Stadium.
Parking on Prince George St. from the water to College Ave. will be resident only parking from noon to 11 p.m. Beginning at 4 p.m. and extending until about 10:30 p.m., parking will be prohibited and violators may be towed from the following areas:
- City Dock
- Main Street
- Randall Street
- Market Space
- Both sides of Severn Avenue between First and Burnside Streets
- East side of First, Second and Third streets between Severn and Chester Avenues
- South side of Chesapeake and Chester Avenues between Riverview Avenue and Burnside Street
- Bay Ridge Avenue between Sixth and Burnside Streets
- Bembe Beach Road from Awald to end
Road Restrictions and Closures
In Eastport, vehicular traffic into the north side of the Eastport Peninsula will be restricted between
5 and 10:30 p.m. Pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Roadblocks will be set up at 9 p.m. at Sixth St. and Severn Ave. denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge.
In downtown Annapolis, College Ave. and Compromise St. will be closed to all but area residents. Prince George St. will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from the water to College Ave. from 2 p.m. to midnight. Vehicular traffic will be denied access to the downtown area beginning at 5 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m. Road blocks will also be set up in the following locations:
- King George St. and College Ave.
- Prince George St. and College Ave.
- North St. and College Ave.
- Church Circle and Main St.
- Duke of Gloucester St. at Conduit St., at Green St., at St. Mary’s St. and at Compromise St.
At 9 p.m., the Spa Creek Bridge and Duke of Gloucester St. will be closed to ensure pedestrian safety and to facilitate the movement of foot traffic leaving the area after the fireworks display. At approximately 9 p.m., Main St. will also be closed and remain closed until approximately 10 p.m. Connector streets between Duke of Gloucester and Main St. will also be closed.
The draw span of the Spa Creek Bridge (into Eastport) will be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Boaters are warned to avoid the 1,000-foot Safety Zone around the fireworks barge.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and sidewalks of the City, including at City Dock, is prohibited. Individuals are not allowed to light any type of fireworks in the downtown area, including sparklers. Also, firing pyrotechnics and flares by individuals is illegal.
Donations are still needed for the Annapolis 4th of July Event
Funding for the City’s 4th of July fireworks festivities is largely the result of donations by businesses and private individuals. Those wishing to help support this popular community event by defraying the cost of the fireworks are urged to do so. Please send your tax-deductible donation to: July 4th Annapolis, Inc., c/o First Citizens Bank, 890 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401