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RE: July 3, 2008 Fireworks Parking Restrictions
(Rain Date is July 5, 2008)

Chief Michael J. Magnant 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 3, 2008 (with the exception of residents only) due to the annual fireworks display:

1. Parrott Avenue 13. Franklin Street
2. Junkins Avenue 14. Pickering Street
3. Mt. Vernon Street 15. Hunking Street
4. Pleasant Street 16. Gardner Street
5. South Street from Miller to Marcy 17. Gates Street
6. Richmond Street 18. Howard Street
7. Rogers Street 19. Elwyn Avenue
8. Edward Street 20. Sherburne Avenue
9. Livermore Street 21. Rockland Street
10. Wentworth Street 22. Kent Street
11. Melcher Street 23. 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 3, 2008 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 3, 2008. The tennis courts/basketball courts/playground areas and baseball areas will be closed by 12:00 noon on July 3, 2008. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the Middle School parking lot. The Parking Garage will charge a flat $3.00 fee for parking during the hours of 1700 – 2200 on Thursday, July 3, 2008.

The Dog Park will be closed from 6:00 AM on Thursday July 3, 2008 to 10:00 AM on Friday, July 4, 2008. 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 3, 2008.

Boaters – Absent an emergency on the Piscataqua River, The Memorial and Sarah Long bridges will remain down from 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM on July 3, 2008 to alleviate vehicle traffic immediately following the fireworks display.

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 delays lasting up to 2 hours 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 DUI Hunter Patrols for the hours following the event.

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





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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500