What to know about the parade and fireworks, traffic and parking – Capital Gazette

The City of Annapolis announced this week that it will celebrate Independence Day again with a parade through downtown and a fireworks display at the City Dock.

The Annapolis 4th of July Parade, which is the sixth parade the city has hosted this year, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

The parade will start at Amos Garrett Boulevard and move along West Street, clockwise around Church Circle, then down Main Street to City Dock. Groups that have registered to participate will begin lining up at 5 p.m. sharp.

In City Dock, at the end of the parade, the US Naval Academy Band will perform patriotic favorites beginning at 8 p.m., followed by a performance by their new unit, the Blues & Gold, which performs classic blues and music blues infused by artists such as BB King and Muddy Waters and current hits by Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton.

The fireworks display over Annapolis Harbor will begin around 9:15 p.m. and end around 10 p.m.

Due to road closures and heavy traffic, city officials are encouraging people attending the festivities to park farther from downtown and take the free shuttle services.

The free downtown shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4 and will take visitors from Knighton Garage and Park Place Garage to the top of Main Street.

The city will also provide free shuttle service connecting stops at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium parking lot at Gate 5 and Downtown Lawyers Mall. The shuttle will run from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and parking at the stadium is $10 per vehicle.

Closer to downtown, Gotts, Whitmore and Calvert Street garages will be open all day. The Hillman garage is closed for construction.

On-street parking is available, but motorists should note that parking will be prohibited at City Dock as well as Main Street, Randall Street, Market Space and both sides of Severn Avenue between First and Burnside Streets from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. h 30.

Additionally, parking on Prince George Street from Craig Street to Maryland Avenue, East Street from Prince George Street to King George Street, and Randall Street from Prince George Street to King George Street will all be displayed as parking reserved for residents from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Vehicular traffic in the city center will be closed from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with roadblocks at the intersection of King George Street and College Avenue, Prince George Street and College Avenue, North Street and College Avenue, Church Circle and Main Street, and Duke of Gloucester Street at Conduit Street, Green Street, St. Mary’s Street and Compromise Street.

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Traffic on Main Street and downtown over the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed from 6 p.m. until the end of the fireworks display.

The city will allow traffic to descend Duke of Gloucester Street in Eastport from Church Circle until 9 p.m., when Duke of Gloucester and the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed.

In Eastport, vehicular traffic on the north side of the peninsula will be restricted between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with roadblocks going up at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue as well as Sixth Street at Chesapeake Avenue, denying access downtown via the Spa. Creek Bridge.

City officials say sailors should plan their views early. Boaters can expect the Spa Creek Bridge span to be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Those with questions about boat restrictions during the show can contact the City Harbourmaster at 410-263-7973.

Dinner under the stars: On July 2, the first block of interior West Street will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Dine Under the Stars. The street will be filled with tables for al fresco dining under a canopy of fairy lights. The event includes live music and art demonstrations.

First Sunday Arts Festival: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 3, the Inner West Street Association will host the first Sunday arts festival with over 100 arts and crafts vendors, al fresco dining and live entertainment.

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