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Parking, boating restrictions for Annapolis July 4 parade, fireworks

By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

10:43 AM EDT, June 25, 2013

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Motorists and boaters should prepare for restrictions in Annapolis for Independence Day activities on July 4.

Festivities invlude a parade that will step off at 6:30 p.m. from Amos Garrett Boulevard and head down West Street and Main Street.

Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Annapolis Harbor at 9:15 p.m.

Parking restrictions include bans on parking from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at City Dock, Main Street, Randall Street, Market Street, Severn Avenue between First Street and Burnside Street, the south side of Chesapeake Avenue and Chester Avenue between Riverview Avenue and Burnside Street, Bay Ridge Avenue between Sixth Street and Burnside Street and Bembe Beach Road from Awald to the end. Also, parking on Prince George Street between the water and College Avenue will be limited to residents only from noon until 11 p.m.

Road closures include restrictions on vehicle traffic on the north side of the Eastport Peninsula between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Roadblocks will be set up at 9 p.m. at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue, as the Spa Creek Bridge between Eastport and downtown will be closed to allow people to watch the fireworks show from the bridge.

In downtown Annapolis. College Avenue and Compromise Street will be clsoed to all but local residents. Between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., cars will not be allowed in the downtown area, with roadblocks set up in several locations.

City officials recommend parking in garages slightly away from downtown, including the Park Place Garage and the Knighton Garage on West Street, both of which charge $2 per hour for a maximum of $10 per day. The Circulator trolley will ferry people from those garages to downtown, but the trolley will not offer service to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

For boaters, the drawspan of the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Boaters should also avoid the 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge.

Questions about boating restrictions should be directed to the Annapolis Harbormaster at 410-263-7973.

Donations for the fireworks can be sent to July 4th Annapolis, Inc. care of First Citizens Bank, 890 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.