4th of July Events in Annapolis

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Annapolis 4th of July Parade!

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come join this patriotic salute to our nation, with marching bands, fire engines old and new, cars and vans, service clubs and scouts! ROUTE: Stepoff is at Amos Garrett and West St. We'll head down West Street, wrong way around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Street, and ends in front of the Market House. Anywhere along the parade route will provide a good view of the parade.

United States Naval Academy Band

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 8:00 pm to Dusk

Location: Susan Campbell Park -City Dock

The USNA Concert Band performs a public concert series featuring everything from light classics to marches to classic band literature and patriotic songs.

4th of July Fireworks in Historic Annapolis

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 9:15 pm

Annapolis launches its fireworks from a barge in Annapolis Harbor. The best viewing areas include public spaces Northeast of the Severn River, along the Naval Academy Bridge (limited parking area), any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek, and aboard a boat in the Annapolis harbor. The Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to traffic from Eastport into Annapolis beginning at 6 p.m. The bridge will remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks, at approximately 10 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

Friday & Saturday, July 3-4, 2015, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Experience a one-of-a-kind look of the Annapolis fireworks display from the water on Watermark's Independence Day Fireworks Cruise. Aboard the Harbor Queen, enjoy the warm weather and beautiful sunset before being amazed by the pyrotechnic show exploding above.

Location: Departure from City Dock
Cost: Contact Watermark at 410-268-7601 for prices (tickets aboard the Harbor Queen for the Independence Day Fireworks Cruise are required)

Parking and Transportation

Parking will be restricted in many areas and parking in residential areas is not suggested. Instead, park in Park Place Garage or Knighton Garage. Other City Parking garages include Gott's Garage and Hillman Garage. Catch the Circulator Trolley along West Street for a ride to Main Street. The trolley will charge $1 per ride for adults with children 12 years and younger riding free of charge. The trolley will run from 8 a.m. to midnight.

You can also park at the Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium, where city shuttles will run from Gate 5 to and from Downtown Annapolis from 5 pm to midnight. The shuttle will charge $1 per ride for adults with children 12 years or younger riding free of charge.

Parking Restrictions: Beginning at 4 p.m. and extending until about 10:30 p.m., parking will be prohibited and violators may be towed from the following areas:

  • City Dock
  • Main Street
  • Randall Street
  • Market Space
  • Both sides of Severn Avenue 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 to end. 

Additional Road Restrictions and Closures

In Eastport, vehicular traffic into the north side of the Eastport Peninsula will be restricted between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pedestrian traffic will be permitted. Roadblocks will be set up at 6 p.m. at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue denying access to downtown via the Spa Creek Bridge.

Prince George Street will be posted "Resident Only Parking" from the water to College Avenue from 2 p.m. to midnight. Vehicular traffic will be denied access to the downtown area beginning at 5 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.

Road blocks will also be set up in the following locations:

  • 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 Conduit Street, at Green Street, at St. Mary's Street and at Compromise Street

Traffic will be allowed to flow down Duke of Gloucester Street from Church Circle and into Eastport via one lane (not into downtown Annapolis) until 9 p.m. At that time, the Spa Creek Bridge will be closed and Duke of Gloucester Street will be closed to ensure pedestrian safety and to facilitate the movement of foot traffic leaving the area after the fireworks display.

Boating Restrictions

The drawspan of the Eastport Bridge will be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boaters must avoid the 1,000-foot SAFETY ZONE around the fireworks firing area which will be established and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Alcohol Policy

The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and sidewalks of the City of Annapolis is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy.

Public Restrooms

Restrooms are available in the Annapolis Harbormaster's building at the City Dock

Thinking About Staying the Weekend?

Make a weekend out of our nation's birthday. There are great rooms available to suit all your needs for this year's 4th of July celebrations in Annapolis. Whether looking for a quaint Bed & Breakfast in Downtown or the full-service hotels just up the road, you'll find it here.

Refer to the City of Annapolis for additonal information.

Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau

26 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410.280.0445   Fax: 410.263.9591
Toll-free from the U.S. 888.302.2852

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