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New Year's Eve in Annapolis

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides invites everyone to bring in 2014 from City Dock! Come to Annapolis and be a part of the fun and festivities that includes something for kids of all ages.  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 as he leads the march from the Market House to the Big Tent! 

Big Tent

3:00-7:00 p.m.

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

4:30-5:00 p.m.

  • The Magical Worlds of Jack Julius -Back for a 4th Year!  This talented magician will have some very special magic to welcome 2014!

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 is more fun as the night continues with music to make you dance and shout in the New Year!

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 four garages and take the free Circulator trolley to the festivities:

  • Noah Hillman Parking Garage – 150 Gorman Street
  • Gotts Court Parking Garage – 25 Northwest Street
  • Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
  • Park Place - 5 Park Place

The Circulator will run on December 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on January 1. If you are parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and taking the Circulator downtown, there will be a $2 charge each way.

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.

Both of the firework shows can be viewed from 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 events anywhere in the area, please drink responsibly and utilize designated drivers.

Strollers are not advised after 7:30 p.m.

This City organized event is funded 100% by businesses and organizations that recognize the importance of a free family-fun event each year.  We would like to send a special thanks to our Silver Sponsors:

  • Watermark
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric - BGE

The City would also like to recognize the support of the following individuals and businesses that will help to make the New Year’s Eve Celebration 2014 a success:

  • Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis
  • 1430 WNAV Radio Station
  • Ed Hartman
  • What’s Up Magazine

The sponsors listed were on board when we published this column. Please go to http://newyear.annapolis.gov to see a list of updated sponsors and to get more information on the schedule of events.

There is still an opportunity to become a sponsor. For more information, please contact Felicia Karavellas at fckaravellas@annapolis.gov