It’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July. There is nowhere better to do that than in the home of our independence.
That would be Annapolis, Maryland. Annapolis has activities to celebrate the holiday including a parade and a firework show. This year with the Fourth Of July being on a Wednesday, keep in mind that not every business in Annapolis will be closed. This means parking will be more limited than other years when the holiday is on the weekend or even a Friday or Monday. Of course there are ways to get around the traffic when coming into the city to see the festivities. The best advice would be to park at the Naval Academy Stadium and take the bus down town to the docks, or if you want some exercise enjoy a nice casual walk from the stadium.
It is highly recommended not to drive in downtown Annapolis to get to the docks, as many routes will have closures due to the Fourth Of July Parade, which will start at 5:15.
This parade will take a route along Amos Garrett Boulevard, onto West Street, then around Church Circle, before going down Main Street , until it reaches its eventual ending spot at The Market House.
The parade should end at approximately 8:00, and then the guests that are in the dock area will be treated to a concert performed by the Naval Academy Band. Keep in mind that in preparation for the fireworks, the Eastport Bridge will close at 9:00 pm, just another reason that taking public transportation is a good idea if you will be attending the festivities at the docks.
At 9:15, the fireworks will begin. Suggested viewing areas include the docks, and the grounds of the Naval Academy. Keep in mind that due to security restrictions your bags might be inspected and you should carry a photo ID with you if you plan on watching from the grounds of the Naval Academy.
After the fireworks, traffic can be a real mess getting out of the city. If you take the bus from the Naval Academy Stadium parking lot, there will be buses running on a regular schedule to return you to the parking lot from the top of Main Street, but the wait can be lengthy. If you don’t mind a walk, that is the fastest way to return to the stadium’s parking lot.
As always alcohol is prohibited on the streets of Annapolis, and the local police will be out in force. There will also be a strong police presence on the waterways, so please follow all laws on the water and do not attempt to drink and drive your boat home. Enjoy the beauty of the show celebrating the nation’s independence in Annapolis safely and everyone will have a good time.