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Posted on: December 28, 2022

Press Release: Due to Rainy Forecast, Annapolis Reschedules Fireworks for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2023



Mayor Gavin Buckley


Public Information Office

160 Duke of Gloucester Street

Annapolis, Maryland 21401




Media Contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or


Due to Rainy Forecast, Annapolis Reschedules Fireworks for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day)

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 28, 2022) - The City of Annapolis is postponing New Year’s Eve fireworks due to rain in the forecast on December 31, 2022. Early Saturday morning, rain and gusty winds are expected to move into the area around 4 a.m. and continue through 4 a.m. on Sunday. Due to safety concerns, Annapolis’ firework display will be postponed and will now take place at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2023 in the Annapolis Harbor. The weather on Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 40s/low 50s. 

The family-friendly New Year’s Eve performances planned for Saturday at City Dock are canceled and will not be rescheduled. 

Other changes: 

  • Downtown Shuttle:

    • The downtown “magenta” shuttle will continue to operate on New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 from 8 a.m. on Saturday to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.  

    • The magenta shuttle will not operate on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

  • Here are a few reminders for enjoying New Year’s Day fireworks in downtown Annapolis (if coming into town by vehicle or boat):

    • There will not be any parking restrictions or road closures specifically related to New Year's Eve. Free parking at metered spaces in the commercial district is for three hours only. Parking in residential areas remains paid through ParkMobile with a two-hour limit. Residents with a parking pass park for free and have no time limits. Parking is available at garages. 

    • Because of the potential for 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 1,000-foot safety zone covers all of Spa Creek from Susan Campbell Park to the Chart House.  You will not be able to transit that entire portion of Spa Creek from 4 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m. 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 Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, the Annapolis Police, the Annapolis Fire Department, the Annapolis Harbormaster and others (pleast to VHF 17 for announcements). On Sunday, American Cruise Line, a large cruise ship, will be docked at City Dock from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other New Year’s Notes: 

  • City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. 

  • The Pip Moyer Recreation Center will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Sunday, Jan 1, 2023. Both Pip Moyer and the Stanton Center will be open on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.

  • Refuse and recycling pickups will shift forward one day. Pickups scheduled for Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 will move to Tuesday, Jan. 3; pickups scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3 will move to Wednesday Jan. 4.

  • Annapolis Transit will run on a regular schedule on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) with no evening Purple service.  There will be no bus service on Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. 

  • The NapTown Anti-Dope Move(meant) will host a Health Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022, at the Stanton Community Center. This is a public event and will include community resources for mental and physical health, recovery, and treatment, plus free food, games, giveaways, and health screenings. 

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