Annapolis planning a big celebration to ring in 2015

| December 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

happynewyearAnnapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides invites everyone to bring in 2015 from City Dock!

This family-friendly event includes New Year’s Eve performances that are free and no badges or buttons are required for any of the festivities listed below:

2:45 p.m.     

  • Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps “Pied Piper”
  • Join Squire Frederick at the Market House 

Children and youth activities begin at 3 p.m. in the Big Tent with a special fireworks show at 7:30 p.m. for those early to bed.

Big Tent

3:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum
  • Reuse and Repurpose. Make wearable and playable fun things from materials you use every day.
  • Get Painted – Face-painting

4:30-5:00 p.m.

  • The Magical Worlds of Jack Julius – Back for a 5th Year. 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Goombay “Caribbean Experience” featuring Orlando Phillips and Elizabeth Melvin.  Move to the beat and join in the limbo contest.

7:30 p.m.         

  • FIREWORKS!  Light up the Night!

But wait… there’s more fun as the night continues.

7-9 p.m.        

  • Scott Hymes, Deejay- Dance to the great party songs of the last few decades.

10 p.m.     

  • Radio City Band- Dance the night away with live music from Annapolis’ Best Party Band. Join the fun as you listen to top hits from yesterday and today.

Midnight   

  • Fireworks! Countdown to the New Year!

Remember to park at one of the City’s garages and take the free Circulator trolley to the festivities:

  • $ 20 all day – Noah Hillman Parking Garage – 150 Gorman Street
  • $15 all day – Gotts Court Parking Garage – 25 Northwest Street
  • $10 all day – Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
  • $10 all day – Park Place – 5 Park Place

No shuttle service will be offered to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. There will not be any parking restrictions specifically related to New Year’s Eve. However, please be sure to adhere to all residential parking signs to avoid tickets, fines, or towing. Also remember, the free two hour parking is only for two hours.

There are two firework shows again this year, one at 7:30 p.m. for the kids and the second at midnight for the countdown to 2015.  The best viewing areas from City Dock will be at Susan Campbell Park. There will also be great views from Main Street.  Other suggested areas include public spaces northeast of the Severn River, any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek and aboard a boat in the city harbor.

Because of the anticipated crowded conditions, boaters are urged to select their preferred viewing-area anchorage early and are also warned to avoid the 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge. Please note: Immediately after the fireworks, the barge will be underway to clear the harbor. All boaters are urged to heed the instructions of safety and law enforcement officials including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Natural Resources Police, the Annapolis Police, the Annapolis Fire Department, the Annapolis Harbormaster and others.

Remember, this is an alcohol free event. If you would like to celebrate with alcohol, please visit one of our wonderful local bars, restaurants or hotels. If you are attending New Year’s Eve celebrations anywhere in the area, please drink responsibly and utilize designated drivers.

The City would also like to recognize the support of the following individuals and businesses that will help to make the New Year’s Celebration 2015 a success:

  • 1430 WNAV  Radio Station
  • Ed Hartman

There is still an opportunity to become a sponsor. For more information, contact Felicia Nolan at [email protected].

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