Holiday Parade 2019 Information (Street Closures & No Parking Information )

December 5, 2019

Holiday Parade 2019 Information (Street Closures & No Parking Information )

Street Closures and No Parking in the Greater Downtown Area for the Portsmouth Holiday Parade Saturday, December 7, 2019

Effective from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, the Chief of Police will be invoking his emergency powers, prohibiting parking and vehicular travel on certain streets in the City due to the Annual Portsmouth Holiday Parade.

The Parade Route will begin at Plaza 800 on Islington Street (6:00pm) and proceed east to Congress Street. The Parade will then travel on Congress Street into Market Square and onto Pleasant Street. The Parade will cross State Street at Pleasant Street and turn onto Junkins Avenue, ending at the South Mill Playground Parking Lot.

NO PARKING – Vehicles must not be parked on the parade route including the following streets during the times specified or they will be towed at the owner’s expense. Towing of vehicles will begin at 4:00pm.

Congress Street – all
Market Square – all
Pleasant Street – all

Residents, business owners & employers located inside the parade route are advised that vehicles will not be permitted to cross the parade route except in an emergency. It is required that all parked vehicles be moved outside the parade route prior to 4:00pm. Other areas in and around the event will be restricted. Police Officers, event volunteers, signs and/or barricades will be in place for these areas.


ROAD CLOSURES – the following streets are some that will be closed or restricted to local traffic only. Police Officers, signs and/or barricades will be in place for these streets.

Islington Street – from Plaza 800 to Maplewood Ave and most adjacent side streets.

The intersection of Middle Street, Congress Street, Maplewood Avenue and Islington Street
Daniel Street – from Penhallow to Market Square
Market Street – from Hanover Street to Market Square
Fleet Street – from Hanover Street to Congress Street and State Street to Congress Street
State Street – from Fleet Street to Pleasant Street
Court Street – from Fleet Street to Pleasant Street and Washington Street to Pleasant Street.
Porter Street – from Fleet Street to Pleasant Street
Pleasant Street – from Junkins Avenue to Market Square
Junkins Avenue – from Parrott Avenue to Pleasant Street
Parrott Avenue – from Rogers Street to Junkins Avenue


Persons wishing to travel between Maplewood Avenue and Middle Street are directed to use Route 95 or Borthwick Avenue. There will be significant traffic delays in the parade route area as it passes and motorists are strongly urged to seek alternate routes away from affected streets.

BUS PARKING – Contact your carrier for information regarding pickup.


Foundry Place Garage ($2.00 flat fee from 3:00pm-11:00pm)
High/Hanover Street garage, $1.75 per hour
Worth Lot
Bridge Street Lot
Parrott Avenue Lot
Miller Avenue Lot

Portsmouth's free parking shuttle operates from 4 p.m to 11 p.m. This shuttle allows for easy parking at the Connect Community Church's parking lot off Market Street, and quick transportation to the downtown at the Hanover Street bus stop - all free of charge and ADA accessible.

In addition, the free Vintage Christmas Trolley operates on a 15-minute loop throughout downtown, parking garages, hotels and both Strawbery Banke Museum and The Music Hall, from 1:30 to 4 pm and again from 8 to 10:30 pm. For more information visit

**Rain/snow date is 12/8/19


Robert Merner



Holiday tree in Market Square (David Murray image)