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Navigating Independence Day in Annapolis–all you need to know

| June 30, 2019, 10:33 AM

Rams Head

Annapolis City Mayor Gavin Buckley invites all residents to the celebration of Independence Day with a parade and fireworks on Thursday, July 4th.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Boulevard and proceed along West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street. Following the parade, the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will perform a public concert at Susan Campbell Park. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Main Street and the Spa Creek Bridge (from Eastport to downtown) will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m. and remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m.

Please note that parking in downtown will be crowded and garages may fill up early. In addition, close-in parking may make it more difficult for out-of-towners to get out of the city after the celebration.  A good option is to park in Knighton Garage or Park Place Garage and take the Circulator trolley to the top of Main Street. The trolleys will run from 8 a.m. to midnight.  The Circulator trolley is free of charge.

Due to congested parking, the city will also provide shuttle service from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Gate 5) to Lawyers Mall from 5 p.m. to midnight. The shuttle will charge $1 per ride for adults with children 12 and under riding free of charge.

Here is a list of parking options in the area:

  • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Park Place Garage – One Park Place
  • Knighton Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
  • Bladen Street Garage – 9 St. John’s Street
  • Gotts Garage – 250 Northwest Street
  • Whitmore Garage –25 Clay Street

Parking Restrictions

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 Road to end

Road Restrictions and Closures

In Eastport, vehicular traffic into the north side of the Eastport Peninsula will be restricted between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  Pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Roadblocks will be set up at 6 p.m. at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge.

Prince George Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Craig Street to Maryland Avenue from 2 p.m. to midnight.  East Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Prince George Street to King George Street from 2 p.m. to midnight. Randall Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Prince George Street to King George Street 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 Street and College Avenue
  • Prince George Street and College Avenue
  • North Street and College Avenue
  • Church Circle and Main Street
  • Conduit Street, at Green Street, at St. Mary’s Street and at Compromise Street at Duke of Gloucester

Traffic will be allowed to flow down Duke of Gloucester Street from Church Circle and into Eastport via one lane (not into downtown Annapolis) until 9 p.m.  At that time, the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed and Duke of Gloucester Street will be closed to ensure pedestrian safety and to facilitate the movement of foot traffic leaving the area after the fireworks display.

Boating Restrictions

The draw span of the Spa Creek Bridge (into Eastport) will be closed to boat traffic from

8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  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.   For questions about boat restrictions during the fireworks, contact the City Harbormaster’s Office at 410-263-7973.

The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and sidewalks in Annapolis is prohibited.  Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited at Susan Campbell Park. Fireworks (including sparklers) are prohibited at Susan Campbell Park along with the firing of pyrotechnics and flares.

Rams Head

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