News Releases and Media Advisories

Annapolis 4th of July Celebration


Annapolis, MD (6-19-14) Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides invites the public to the Annapolis July 4th parade and firework display on Friday, July 4th.  The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garret Boulevard and proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street.

Following the parade, the United States Naval Academy Concert Band will perform a public concert at Susan Campbell Park around 8 p.m.

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 locations around the Harbor.  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 beginning at 9:00 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 find parking and the harder it is to get out after the celebration. Park at Park Place or Knighton Garage and take the Circulator trolley to City Dock. The trolley stops at the garages and runs from 8:30 a.m. to midnight.  An added bonus is both garages are on the parade route! The trolley is free from the garages, but not from the Navy-Marine Crop Memorial Stadium. That shuttle will run from 4 p.m. to midnight with a fare of $2.00 each way or $4.00 for an all day pass. Children 5 years and under ride free with a paying adult. (Limit of 3 children per paying adult)

Parking Restrictions

Parking on Prince George Street from the water to College Avenue 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 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  Pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Roadblocks will be set up at 9 p.m. at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge.  

In downtown Annapolis, College Avenue, Duke of Gloucester and Compromise Street will be closed to all but area residents. Prince George Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from the water to College Avenue 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.
Traffic will be allowed to flow down Duke of Gloucester Street from Church Circle and into Eastport (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.

At approximately 9 p.m., Main Street will be closed and remain closed until approximately 10 p.m. Connector streets between Duke of Gloucester and Main St. will also be closed.

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.  

The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and sidewalks of the City is prohibited.  Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited at Susan Campbell Park, City Dock.

The use of fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock.  Also, the firing of pyrotechnics and flares 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.

Volunteers are also needed

Want to help the 4th of July parade?  Interested individuals should contact Felicia Nolan at fckaravellas@annapolis.gov.

There is no rain date for the parade or the fireworks.  Come enjoy July 4th holiday with friends and family in Annapolis!