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Portsmouth Fireworks - July 5, 2014
(Parking Options, Free Parking Shuttle and Police Press Release)

The City's annual fireworks display is Saturdayy, July 5,2014 at the South Mill Pond, located across from Portsmouth City Hall.

Parking Options, Free Parking Shuttle and Flat Fee for Parking Garage

To assist the public in attending and observing the Portsmouth Fireworks on the evening of July 5TH, the Free Parking Shuttle that runs from the Connect Community Church will be running on Saturday July 5, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 1:30 am. Shuttle riders will be dropped off at the High/Hanover Parking Garage bus stop.

In addition, the below listed free parking assets may be used by the public on the evening of July 5th at the noted times. These additional parking resources augment and expand upon those found at the ParkPortsmouth Website.

  • McIntyre Bldg Lot - until 2 AM Sunday July 6th

  • Masonic Lot (entrance of Miller Ave) - until 11 p.m. Satyrday July 5th

  • Portsmouth Schools Parking lots including the Portsmouth High School

The Parking Garage will charge a flat $3.00 fee for parking during the hours of 5:00PM and 9:00PM on Saturday, July 5th, 2014.


Portsmouth Police Press Release

2014 Fireworks Parking Restrictions Saturday July 5, 2014

Chief Stephen J. DuBois of the Portsmouth Police Department is invoking his "Emergency Powers" and orders that NO PARKING will be permitted on the following Portsmouth Streets on July 5, 2014 (with the exception of residents only) due to the annual fireworks display:

1. Parrott Avenue13. Franklin Street
2. Junkins Avenue14. Pickering Street
3. Mt. Vernon Street15. Hunking Street
4. Pleasant Street 16. Gardner Street
5. South Street from Miller to Marcy 17. Gates Street
6. Richmond Street18. Howard Street
7. Rogers Street19. Elwyn Avenue
8. Edward Street20. Sherburne Avenue
9. Livermore Street21. Rockland Street
10. Wentworth Street22. Kent Street
11. Melcher Street23. Richards Avenue
12. Whidden Street

Vehicles will be towed from the South Mill Pond playground parking lot on Junkins Avenue beginning at 10:00 AM on July 5th, 2014 due to the close proximity of loaded fireworks tubes. Vehicles parked on Parrott Avenue between Richards Avenue to Junkins Avenue will be towed beginning at 12:00 noon on July 5, 2014. The tennis courts/basketball courts/playground areas and baseball areas will be closed by 12:00 noon on July 5th, 2014. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the Public Library. The Parking Garage will charge a flat $3.00 fee for parking during the hours of 5:00PM and 9:00PM on Saturday, July 5th, 2014.

The Dog Park will be closed from 6:00 AM on Saturday July5th, 2014 to 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 6th, 2014. Dog owners are reminded of the city ordinance forbidding dogs from any park where the Recreation Department holds scheduled programs. This includes Leary and Central Fields, South Playground and the Connie Bean Playground.

The Portsmouth Public Library will close at 5:00 P.M. on July 3rd, 2014.

Vendors will be permitted on the north side (Portsmouth Junior High School side) of Parrott Avenue only. Vendors must be properly licensed by the City of Portsmouth.

Residents are reminded that fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted as per City Ordinance. Heavy traffic and very long delays are expected after the fireworks.

The Annual Fireworks Celebration is an alcohol free family event (the fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. sharp).

To help provide a safe environment for the fireworks event, the Portsmouth Police Department will have numerous officers on foot patrol throughout the night. We will also deploy DWI Patrols for the hours following the event.

Chief DuBois and members of the Portsmouth Police Department wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.