4th of July
Visit Annapolis on the fourth and enjoy the parade, fireworks, and other events.
THE 2020 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.
Annapolis 4th of July Parade!
July 4, 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 Street. We'll head down West Street, wrong way around Church Circle, and down Main Street. Anywhere along the parade route will provide a good view of the parade.
Independence Day Fireworks Cruise
You can always plan ahead and avoid the fireworks traffic and still get out on the water. Come early for a sail on the Watermark before catching the fireworks show from City Dock or Eastport. Space is limited, so book today!
4th of July Fireworks in Historic Annapolis
July 4, 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, City Dock, 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. Please be aware that the closer you get to downtown the harder it will be to park and the more difficulty you will have getting out of town after the celebration.
Celebrating at City Dock
WRNR will take over the hosting duties at the 4th of July fireworks display in downtown Annapolis. The station will broadcast live, high above the City Dock, from their mobile, 30 foot high, WRNR Sky Box Studios. Starting at 8pm, WRNR will air a special holiday playlist, featuring RNRtists and special Red White and Blue songs, like Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, American Girl by Tom Petty, Living in America by James Brown, Lenny Kravitz’s American Woman, even Lee Greenwood's God Bless The USA. Keeping with tradition, “Stars and Stripes Forever” will play at 9:15pm, signaling the countdown to the fireworks display, high above Annapolis Harbor. During the fireworks spectacular, WRNR will play a patriotic montage of music to accompany the dazzling fireworks display.
Due to heavy traffic and large attendance, local garages may fill up early. Therefore, the city will also provide shuttle service from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Gate 5) to Lawyers Mall from 5 p.m. to midnight. The shuttle will charge $1 per ride for adults with children 12 and under riding free of charge.
Here is a list of parking options in the area:
- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
- Park Place Garage – One Park Place
- Knighton Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue
- Bladen Street Garage – 9 St. John’s Street
- Gotts Garage – 250 Northwest Street
- Whitmore Garage – 25 Clay Street
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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 Road to end
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 Craig Street to Maryland Avenue from 2 p.m. to midnight. East Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Prince George Street to King George Street from 2 p.m. to midnight. Randall Street will be posted “Resident Only Parking” from Prince George Street to King George Street 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.