Mayor Gavin Buckley
Public Information Office
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Annapolis Celebrates Independence Day on July 4, 2023
Celebration Schedule, Road, Maritime, and City Office Closures
Annapolis, MD (June 21, 2023) Annapolis City Mayor Gavin Buckley invites all residents to the celebration of Independence Day with a parade and fireworks on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
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, at 8 p.m., the Salvation Army James B. Anderson Conservatory Band will perform patriotic music at Annapolis City Dock. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.
INDEPENDENCE DAY IN ANNAPOLIS
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. In addition, close-in parking may make it more difficult for out-of-towners to get out of town after the celebration.
Please be aware that the closer you get to downtown the harder it will be to park and the more difficulty you will have getting out of town after the celebration. For up-to-date parking information, visit www.AccessAnnapolis.com.
Parking is available at Hillman, Knighton or Park Place. The free downtown “magenta” shuttle will run along West and Main Streets. The downtown shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4, 2023. On Tuesday, July 4, the City will have a cooling bus parked outside the Harbormaster’s Office on Dock Street.
Due to heavy traffic and large attendance, local garages may fill up early. Therefore, the City will also provide free shuttle service from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Gate 5) to Lawyers Mall from approximately 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Parking at Navy Stadium will be $10 per vehicle on Monday, July 4, 2023.
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:
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 5 p.m. at Sixth Street at Severn Avenue, and Sixth Street at Chesapeake Avenue denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge. Off Edgewood Road, Bembe Beach Road from Awald Road to the end will be closed for a private event.
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 as “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:
Church Circle and Main Street
Duke of Gloucester Street at Conduit Street, at Green Street, at St. Mary’s Street and at Compromise Street
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. Be alert to road closures in the area of Bladen Street and College Avenue (State of Maryland constructio project).
The draw span of the Spa Creek Bridge 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.
CITY OFFICE CLOSURES
City of Annapolis offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. Both Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center and Stanton Center will be open on July 3 until 6:30 p.m. Pip Moyer and Stanton Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. The Kenneth R. Dunn Municipal Pool at Truxtun Park will be open on Monday until 7 p.m. and will open with reduced hours on Tuesday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Refuse and recycling: Monday pickups will remain unchanged. Tuesday pickups will occur on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday pickups will remain unchanged. .
Annapolis Transit will NOT operate regular transit on Independence Day but will operate shuttle bus service to and from Navy Stadium and Calvert Street (at Bladen) from 4:30 p.m. to midnight.
Fireworks (including sparklers) are prohibited at Susan Campbell Park along with the firing of pyrotechnics and flares.
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