After a slight delay due to inclement weather, the Blue Angels made their return to Annapolis Tuesday with a flyover just after 2 p.m. A full demonstration is slated for Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting.
“HERE THEY COME!” the Naval Academy tweeted around 2:14 p.m., about three hours after the jets were supposed to arrive.
Tuesday’s demonstration ended around 4:25 p.m.
Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Annapolis this week as the Naval Academy holds Commissioning Week festivities, including the Herndon Climb on Monday and capped off with graduation and commissioning ceremonies and a speech by President Joe Biden on Friday. The Blue Angels will make one final flyover at 10:04 a.m. just as the ceremony is starting.
The Blue Angels were originally scheduled to arrive between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, with a flight demonstration scheduled at 2 p.m. Another flight demonstration is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for more clouds and a high in the upper 60s.
Getting around Annapolis
There will be some closures in Annapolis throughout the week because of the Blue Angels show.
The Naval Academy Bridge on Route 450 will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the shows. Visitors entering and leaving Annapolis should use Rowe Boulevard or other alternate routes during these times:
- Wednesday: Closed from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. or conclusion of the flight demonstration.
- Tuesday and Wednesday, Gate 8 will remain open to staff, faculty, residents, and high priority case-by-case delivery vehicular traffic.
- The Severn River will also be closed to boating and other watercraft from the Naval Academy Bridge to Spa Creek. Call the U.S. Coast Guard at 410-576-2693 for further details.
There will also be water restrictions on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Severn River and its tribuaries.
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Anchoring or boating will not be allowed between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. from north of the quick flashing light at the south end of the Naval Academy’s sea wall to Greenbury Point and south of a line marked by the Severn River bridge, according to the release.
Boaters should: pay attention to markers that delineate exclusionary zones and the temporary channel marked by red and green buoys; look for public safety boats; follow instructions promptly; and follow all boating safety laws. Boats shouldn’t anchor in the temporary channel. The Annapolis Harbormaster operates on VHF 17.
The area will be patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Annapolis Harbormaster, Annapolis Police, and Annapolis Fire Rescue boats.
Expect heavy traffic and limited parking
Traffic is expected to be heavy with limited parking in the downtown area during the days leading up to commissioning. Visitors should head to www.AnnapolisParking.com to reserve garage parking at Gott’s Garage in advance.
There will be strict enforcement of metered parking, two-hour spaces, residential permit zones and red zones, the city said.
Visitors may also park at Knighton Garage at the corner of Colonial Avenue and West Street, and Park Place Garage, just off West Street and Spa Road, and take the free downtown shuttle.
On Friday, there will be no state employee parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lot. The parking lot will be reserved for graduation attendees. City and state employees who normally park there should relocate to the Calvert Street Garage.