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Everything you need to know about Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, including road closures

Get your dog in a ThunderShirt; it’s time for Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Inner Harbor fireworks display.

The 15-minute show will ring in 2020 from a barge in the water. The event is held by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts; fireworks are set to music and choreographed by Pennsylvania’s Pyrotecnico.

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Below, our guide on where to watch them, what time to arrive and how to get there.

Where should I watch the fireworks?

According to BOPA, the best views will be from the Inner Harbor promenade, West Shore Park (aka, the grassy spot by the Science Center) and Rash Field.

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The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will stay open until 12:30 a.m., so you can skate late and watch the fireworks from the ice.

You can also check out Canton Waterfront Park or Federal Hill Park. The latter, a former military outpost, is an ideal viewing spot to watch the city’s fireworks. Arrive early to claim a seat.

Hate crowds? Try Middle Branch Park. The former auto junkyard just across the Hanover Street Bridge offers sweeping view of the waterfront landscape, the biggest swath of natural shoreline in the Baltimore Harbor.

Or catch the views from the comfort of an Inner Harbor restaurant like the Rusty Scupper, which is hosting its annual party with dancing, dinner and champagne.

What time should I get there?

The celebration begins at 9 p.m. with a performance by Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory at the amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets.

Just before midnight, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young will lead the official countdown to a 15-minute pyrotechnics display.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison discusses the safety measures visitors should take when coming to Baltimore for the New Year's Eve celebration.

How should I get there?

Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink service is extended for one hour after the fireworks display. LocalLink and CityLink buses run on a regular schedule New Year’s Eve and holiday schedule Jan. 1. All routes of the Charm City Circulator are also extended until 1 a.m.

If you’re driving, save yourself some stress by reserving a parking spot in advance at baltimoreparking.com.

What roads will be closed and when?

If you decide to drive, be aware that the Baltimore City Department of Transportation is planning some road and lane closures for the event.

Commercial vehicles will be prohibited from the downtown/Inner Harbor area, except for local deliveries, from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday. No tanker trailers at all, including those for local deliveries, will be allowed downtown during that time.

The following streets will be closed to all traffic from 11:15 p.m. until the event wraps up:

  • Pratt Street will be closed at Charles Street, with traffic diverted north on Charles Street to continue east on Baltimore Street.
  • Lombard Street will be closed at President Street, with traffic diverted north on President Street to continue west on Fayette Street.

From 11:30 p.m. until event traffic clears, the following streets will be closed:

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  • Northbound Light Street will close at Lee Street – Northbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street.
  • Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street – Southbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lombard Street to continue south on Greene Street.
  • Northbound I-395 traffic at Conway Street will be diverted north on Howard Street. No access will be allowed onto eastbound Conway Street.

Lane closures will be in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday on the following streets for emergency vehicle access:

  • West side of Charles Street from Conway to Fayette streets
  • West side of Light Street from Fayette to Conway streets

Parking will be restricted from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 3 a.m. Wednesday on the following blocks:

  • Gay Street from Pratt to Fayette streets
  • Calvert Street from Pratt to Fayette streets
  • Baltimore Street from Charles to Gay streets
  • South side of Key Highway from Light to William streets

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.

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