July 3rd, 2022 Fireworks Parking Restrictions

July 1, 2022

Chief Mark Newport of the Portsmouth Police Department is invoking his lawful authority and orders that NO PARKING will be permitted on the following Portsmouth Streets on July 3rd, 2022 (with the exception of residents only) due to the annual fireworks display:

  1. Parrott Avenue
  2. Junkins Avenue
  3. Mt. Vernon Street
  4. Pleasant Street
  5. South Street from Miller to Marcy
  6. Richmond Street
  7. Rogers Street
  8. Edward Street
  9. Livermore Street
  10. Wentworth Street
  11. Melcher Street
  12. Whidden Street
  13. Franklin Street 1
  14. Pickering Street
  15. Hunking Street
  16. Gardner Street
  17. Gates Street
  18. Howard Street
  19. Elwyn Avenue
  20. Sherburne Avenue
  21. Rockland Street
  22. Kent Street
  23. Richards Avenue
  24. Market Street from Hanover To Russell

Vehicles will be towed from the South Mill Pond playground parking lot on Junkins Avenue beginning at 6:00 AM on July 3rd, 2019 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 3rd, 2021. The tennis courts/basketball courts/playground areas and baseball areas will be closed by 6:00 AM on July 3rd. Limited handicapped parking will be available at the Public Library. The Hanover Parking Garage will charge a flat $6.00 fee for parking during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and the Foundry Parking Garage will charge a flat $3.00 fee for parking during the hours of 5:00PM and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 3rd.

The Dog Park will be closed from 6:00 AM on July 3rd to 10:00 AM on July 4th. 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.

Residents are reminded that fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted as per City Ordinance. Heavy traffic and very long delays 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 DWI Patrols for the hours following the event.

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