First Night in Portsmouth

December 31, 2017

To facilitate a safe and entertaining First Night, the following traffic and parking changes will occur on December 31st


With the exception of Pleasant Street from State Street to the Square, Church Street (next to the North Church) and Parrot Avenue (from Richards to Junkins - no entry from Rogers), streets are open Downtown to vehicular traffic and parking.

Parking on the entire length of Parrot Avenue is prohibited from noon - 9:00pm on 12/31; it is a Fireworks Safety Zone. Parking on Pleasant Street from State Street to Market Square is prohibited from 4:00pm - 1:00am

Please note the "No Parking" signs as posted - vehicles parking in posted areas will be towed at the owner's expense.

The Parking Garage at Hanover will offer flat rate parking ($5.00) from 3:00pm - 8:00pm on Sunday, December 31st (Passes will be available at the Fleet & Hanover Street entrances from 3pm - 7:30pm).

Metered parking is in effect until 8:00pm.

Pro Portsmouth offers a free shuttle for all First Nighters - just look for the school bus that travels a loop from venue to venue for the duration of the event.

For additional parking information in Downtown Portsmouth, go to

The fireworks are scheduled for 7:30PM at the South Mill Pond.

The Dog Park near the South Playground will closed at noon. 

For more information on First Night, go to the Pro Portsmouth website at

The Portsmouth Police Department wishes you a safe and happy New Year!

Prepared by Lt. Darrin Sargent


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