July 4th Portland's "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" free concert and fireworks display will take place on Monday, July 4th, 2016 with a rain date of Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at Eastern Promenade Park in Portland, Me. Come join us for a truly spectacular 4th of July!
Street Closures and Parking Restrictions:
The East End Boat launch as well as Cutter Street and all the parking lots on Cutter Street will be closed from 10:00 PM July 3rd to 6:30 AM July 5th or 6:30 a.m., July 6th if a rain date is necessary. Boaters can access alternate launches nearby including the Falmouth Town Landing on Route 88 ($10.00 for nonresident, 207.781.7317), Bug Light Boat Launch in South Portland ($5 for resident, $6 for nonresident) and Portland Yacht Services (207.774.1067).
On-- parking will be restricted for the following streets from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM, July 4th (extended to 11:00 PM on July 5th in case of rain date):
- Eastern Promenade (both sides) from Morning Street to Washington Avenue
- Fort Allen Park (both sides) + Cutter Street
- Walnut Street from the Eastern Promenade to Washington Avenue
- Mountfort Street from Congress Street to Fore Street (both sides)
There are a number of parking garages and lots just a short walk from the Eastern Promenade, to view a list or map, visit the city’s website.
At 10:00 AM on July 4th, the following streets will be closed to the public until 11:00 PM (rain date would extend closures to 11:00 PM July 5) in order to facilitate the festival setup and maintain an emergency access route:
- Eastern Promenade from Morning Street to Walnut Street
- Wilson Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Moody Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Congress Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade
At 11:00 AM on July 4th, the following streets will be closed to the public until 11:00 PM (rain date would extend closures to 11:00 PM July 5) in order to maintain an emergency access route:
- Turner Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Quebec Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Melbourne Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Montreal Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade
- Walnut Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade
Munjoy Hill will be closed to all traffic at 4:00 PM on July 4th (Residents showing proof of residency will be permitted through barricades at base of Munjoy Hill). Handicapped parking is available on a first come first served basis along Cutter Street and Fort Allen Park. Clearly marked handicapped vehicles will be allowed to pass the barricades until 6:00 PM. Drivers must approach Cutter Street from Fore Street to enter.
Munjoy Hill closed to traffic
VIP tent opens.
Munjoy Hill closed to handicapped parking
“Stars & Stripes Spectacular” Opening Ceremony.
PSO “Patriotic Pops Concert” with Guest Artist Melissa Manchester begins!
Fireworks show begins.
Listen to the broadcast of the "Stars & Stripes Spectacular" on WHOM 94.9
*Please note if the event is postponed due to inclement weather, all activities will resume at their scheduled times on the rain date.
Suggested Viewing Spots:
The Eastern Promenade Park – Extremely limited parking on Munjoy Hill, attendees are advised to arrive early to ensure seating space (Munjoy Hill is closed to traffic at 4:00 PM). Patriotic Pops begins at 7:40 PM.
Back Cove/Payson Park – limited parking available at Baxter Boulevard parking lot (across from Hannaford), Payson Park, and the hillside at Cheverus High School.
Peaks Island – view the fireworks at the ferry terminal
Casco Bay – Boaters will be able to view the fireworks from the waters of Casco Bay. Questions regarding anchoring restrictions can be directed to the Portland Harbor Master on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 207.807.7156. Boaters are also reminded to adhere to water safety regulations including making sure that each passenger has a floatation device appropriate for the age and size of the passenger; the boat has working lights, and is equipped with a safety kit. Boaters should be mindful of Coast Guard restrictions in the area.
For more information:
If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or purchasing VIP tickets for the "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" please contact our Event's Planner Liv Vega by e-mail at: email@example.com.