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Annapolis takes one final shot at fireworks show

It's now or never for the delayed Independence Day fireworks in Annapolis, with the mayor's office announcing there will be no rain date if it's washed out for a second night.

The city announced Wednesday morning that the show is set to begin at 9:15 p.m. Heavy rain and thunderstorms Tuesday canceled the Independence Day Show. 

Rhonda Wardlaw, a spokeswoman for the city, said a rain cancellation would mean no show for this year. The chance of rain is about 35 percent at 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Wardlaw said that the anticipated smaller turnout for July 5 fireworks will mean both the Eastport Bridge and Main Street, popular view spots, will be open to vehicles. Pedestrians are advised to remain on the sidewalks in both areas.

Dock Street at Susan Campbell Park will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight. No parking will be allowed at the City Dock parking lot during this period. No other parking restrictions will be enforced.

A free shuttle will run from 4 p.m. to midnight between Gate 6 of the state employee parking lot at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Department of Natural Resources parking, the Calvert Street garage and Lawyers Mall.

Free parking is available at the DNR parking lot, Calvert Street parking garage and the state parking lot at Navy stadium. Gates 6 at Navy Statdium will be open.

The delayed fireworks will take place on the same night as the weekly Dining Under the Stars, which closes West Street between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. from Church Circle to Calvert and Cathedral streets.

The city's circulator will run its normal route until midnight. It stops by all city garages.

The city's garages, Hillman, Park Place, Knighton and Gotts will charge normal parking rates.

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