August 13, 2023
Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc and the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth are celebrating Portsmouth’s 400th anniversary on Wednesday evening, August 16 with a sit-down dinner and entertainment on Congress Street from Market Square to Maplewood Avenue. The event starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 9 pm with clean up and breakdown following immediately afterward.
Sidewalks will remain open and pedestrian crossings will be available on Fleet Street, Maplewood Avenue and Market Square. Normal Tuesday downtown trash collection routes as usual. Deliveries will need to be made prior to the street closures.
To accommodate the event, the City of Portsmouth is closing the following streets to vehicular traffic and restricting parking on WEDNESDAY, August 16:
Church Street will be closed to vehicles and with NO PARKING ALLOWED – from 6 am on Wednesday, August 16 to 6 am on Wednesday, August 16.
The following streets will have NO PARKING starting at 6 am on August 16 and will then be closed to vehicles, as follows:
- 6 am – 11 pm High Street from Congress Street to Ladd Street
- 6 am – 11 pm Ladd Street
- 6 am – 11 pm Chestnut Street from Congress Street to Porter Street
- 9 am – 11 pm Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square
The following streets will have NO PARKING starting at 8 am on August 16 and will then be closed to vehicles, as follows:
- 11 am – 11 pm Congress Street
- 11 am – 11 pm Daniel Street from Penhallow Street to Market Square
- 11 am – 11 pm Market Street from Bow Street to Market Square
- 11 am – 11 pm Fleet Street from Porter Street to Hanover Street
Cars found on these streets after the restrictions start will be ticketed and towed to the National Wrecker Service lot, 295 West Road in Portsmouth. Owners are responsible for paying all ticketing and towing fees.
Event organizers recommend attendees park in the Foundry or Hanover garage. Normal rates apply.
Chamber Collaborative President Ben Van Camp noted, “This is a once-in-a-400-year event. We join the City in providing this information to reduce the impact that it will have on residents and businesses that day. We thank everyone in advance for your understanding. Happy 400th, Portsmouth!”
For more information on the event, go to the street.life!400 website.