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Everything You Need To Know About The 4th Of July in Annapolis

July 1st, 2016

What better way to spend America’s birthday then in the state’s capital? From fireworks to parades, Annapolis has everything you need to get the most out of your holiday weekend.

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: The Annapolis 4th of July Parade — Head downtown with your family and friends to enjoy a marching band, old and new fire engines, & a whole lot of red white and blue! Stepoff begins at Amos Garrett, continuing down West Street, heading the wrong way around Church Circle, down Main Street, making the left on Randall Street and ending in front of the Market House.

8:00 PM Until Dusk: United States Naval Academy Band — The United States Naval Academy Concert Band will be preforming a public concert series on City Dock. Enjoy tunes from light classics to marches to patriotic sounds.

9:15 PM – 10:00 PM: The Main Event… 4th of July Fireworks! Annapolis launches its fireworks from a barge in the Annapolis Harbor. We did our research and if you want to have the best view of the fireworks, head down to City Dock, the Naval Academy Bridge, or any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek. Another option is to take the Independence Day Fireworks Cruise, where you get the chance to hop aboard the Harbor Queen and see the fireworks from a whole new perspective.



  • The Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to traffic from Eastport into Annapolis beginning at 6:00 PM. The bridge will reopen with the conclusion of the fireworks at approximately 10:00 PM.
  • The north side of the Eastport Peninsula will be restricted between 6:00 PM and 10:30 PM.
  • Sixth Street and Severn Avenue will be denying access to downtown via Spa Creek Bridge


  • Prince George Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Craig Street to Maryland Ave from 2:00 PM – Midnight.
  • East Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Prince George Street to King George Street from 2:00 PM – Midnight.
  • The following streets will be CLOSED with road blocks set up  from 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM:
    • King George Street and College Avenue
    • Prince George Street and College Avenue
    • North Street and College Avenue
    • Church Circle and Main Street
    • Duke of Gloucester Street at Condult Street, at Green Street, at St. Mary’s Street and at Compromise Street. Traffic will be allowed down Duke of Gloucester Street from Church Circle into Easport via one lane only until approximately 9:00 PM.


Beginning at 4:00 PM until around 10:30 PM, parking will be prohibited and violators may be towed from the following areas:

  • City Dock
  • Main Street
  • Randall Street
  • Market Spac
  • Both sides of Severn Ave between First and Burnside Streets
  • East side of First, Second and Third Streets between Severn and Chester Avenues
  • South side of Chesapeake and Chester Avenues between Riverview Avenue and Burnside Street
  • Bay Ridge Avenue between Sixth and Burnside Streets
  • Bembe Beach Road from Awald Road to end


  • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Park Place Garage (One Park Place)
  • Knighton Garage (1A Colonial Ave)
  • Bladen Street Garage (9 St. John’s Street)
  • Gotts Garage (250 Northwest Street)
  • Whitmore Garage (25 Clay Street)

*Please note that due to heavy attendance traffic, the local garages might fill up very early. To ensure you find a spot, get there as early as possible! If this doesn’t work out with your plans, the city is providing a shuttle service from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at Gate 5 to Lawyers Mall for $1 per person (kids 12 and under ride free).


The drawspan of the Eastport Bridge will be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. There will be a 1,000 foot safety zone around the fireworks firing area that boaters will be prohibited to enter.