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What to know about Annapolis, Anne Arundel County July 4th festivities: parades, fireworks, parking, traffic and closures

Anne Arundel County will again celebrate Independence Day with numerous parades and fireworks displays throughout the weekend to celebrate America’s 246th birthday.

The Annapolis Fourth of July parade will get moving at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The parade will start at Amos Garrett Boulevard and move along West Street, clockwise around Church Circle, then down Main Street to City Dock. Groups who have registered to participate will start lining up at 5 p.m. sharp.

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At City Dock, as the parade concludes, the U.S. Naval Academy Band will perform patriotic favorites starting at 8 p.m., followed by a performance by their newest unit, the Blues & Gold, which performs classic blues and blues-infused music by artists such as B.B. King and Muddy Waters and current hits by Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton.

The fireworks display on Annapolis Harbor will get started at about 9:15 p.m. and conclude at approximately 10 p.m.

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Where do I park?

Because of road closures and heavy traffic, city officials encourage those attending the festivities to park further away from downtown and take free shuttle services.

The free downtown shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to midnight on Monday, and will take visitors from Knighton Garage and Park Place Garage to the top of Main Street.

The city will also be providing a free shuttle service connecting stops at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium’s parking lot at Gate 5 and the Lawyers Mall downtown. The shuttle will run from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, and parking at the stadium is $10 per vehicle.

Closer to downtown, the Gotts, Whitmore and Calvert Street garages will be open throughout the day. Hillman Garage is closed for construction.

Street parking is available, but motorists should note that parking will be prohibited at City Dock as well as Main Street, Randall Street, Market Space and both sides of Severn Avenue between First and Burnside streets from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

Also, street parking on Prince George Street from Craig Street to Maryland Avenue, East Street from Prince George Street to King George Street, and Randall Street from Prince George Street to King George Street will all be posted as resident-only parking from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Closures and disruptions

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County government offices will be closed on Monday. Both Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center and Stanton Center will be also closed. The Kenneth R. Dunn Municipal Pool at Truxtun Park will be open with reduced hours Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City and county refuse and recycling will be impacted by the holiday: Monday collections will take place on Tuesday; Tuesday collections will take place on Wednesday.

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County landfills and recycling centers are closed.

Getting around

On Monday, vehicular traffic into downtown will be shut down from 5 until 10:30 p.m., with roadblocks going up at the intersection of King George Street and College Avenue, Prince George Street and College Avenue, North Street and College Avenue, Church Circle and Main Street, and Duke of Gloucester Street at Conduit Street, Green Street, St. Mary’s Street and Compromise Street.

Main Street and downtown-bound traffic on the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed from 6 p.m. until the fireworks show ends.

The city will allow traffic to flow down Duke of Gloucester Street into Eastport from Church Circle until 9 p.m., when Duke of Gloucester and the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed down.

In Eastport, vehicular traffic into the north side of the peninsula will be restricted between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with roadblocks going up at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue as well as Sixth Street at Chesapeake Avenue, denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge.

City officials say mariners should plan their viewing spot early. Boaters can expect the Spa Creek Bridge’s draw span to be closed to marine traffic from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Those viewing the fireworks by boat are warned to avoid a 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge.

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Those with questions about boat restrictions during the display can contact the City Harbormaster at 410-263-7973.

Other July 4 weekend events around Anne Arundel County

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Edgewater: The Edgewater Fourth of July parade steps off from the American Legion Cummings-Behlke Post at noon on Monday. Drinks and food will be available starting at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, with a performance by the band Drivetrain from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.

Laurel: This free event includes a parade, antique car show, musical performance by Oracle, and fireworks finale. The event is from 2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Monday.

Severna Park: The annual Severna Park and Arnold Independence Day Parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Monday. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Rich History” with Grand Marshal Kevin Sosnowski, a fourth-generation owner of Goska’s Liquors, a business in operation for 92 years.

Annapolis Dining Under the Stars: On Saturday, the first block of inner West Street will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Dinner Under the Stars. The street will be filled with tables for outdoor dining under a canopy of string lights. The event includes live music and art demonstrations.

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Inner West Street Association will host First Sunday Arts Festival with more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, al fresco dining and live entertainment.

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Annapolis Fireworks Cruise to Sherwood Forest: On Sunday, take a Watermark tour to view the Sherwood Forest/Severn River fireworks display. Event is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at https://watermarkjourney.com/events/annapolis-fireworks-cruise-on-july-3rd/.

Glen Burnie: Glen Burnie Improvement Association’s annual fireworks display will be Sunday around 9 p.m. at Sawmill Creek Park on Dorsey Road. Tuesday is the rain date.


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