PORTSMOUTH -- City Hall, the Library, the Connie Bean Rec Center and the Recycling Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the July 4th holiday.
The Wednesday, July 4, curbside collection of trash and recycling will occur on Thursday. The yard waste collection for Wednesday and Thursday will not take place until the following week.
The City's annual fireworks display is Tuesday, July 3, at the South Mill Pond, located across from Portsmouth City Hall. The fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. The rain date is Thursday, July 5. Police want to remind everyone that City Ordinance prohibits personal fireworks, including Class C sparklers.
Due to the fireworks display, the Dog Park will be closed from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Dogs are never allowed at Leary and Central Fields, or the South Playground. The tennis and basketball courts, playground and baseball areas will be closed all day Tuesday. Vehicles will be towed from the playground lot on Junkins Avenue at 10 a.m. Tuesday and from Parrott Avenue between Richards Avenue and Junkins at noon.
Due to the fireworks, the High-Hanover Parking Garage will charge a flat $3 fee from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. There will be no parking on 23 streets near the South Playground (except for residents of those streets): Parrott Avenue, Junkins Avenue, Mt. Vernon Street, Pleasant Street, South Street from Miller to Marcy, Richmond Street, Rogers Street, Edward Street, Livermore Street, Wentworth Street, Melcher Street, Whidden Street, Franklin Street, Pickering Street, Hunking Street, Gardner Street, Gates Street, Howard Street, Elwyn Avenue, Sherburne Avenue, Rockland Street, Kent Street, and Richards Avenue.
Handicapped parking is on Parrot Avenue, at the Portsmouth Library Parking Lot.