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  • Portsmouth Fireworks to be held Monday, July 3rd at 9:15 p.m.

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    June 21, 2017
    June 20, 2017
    Portsmouth Fireworks to be held Monday, July 3rd at 9:15 p.m.
    PORTSMOUTH, NH – The City's annual fireworks display is Monday, July 3, 2017, 9:15 p.m. at the South Mill Pond, located across from Portsmouth City Hall. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5th, at the same time.

    Portsmouth has a long standing tradition of hosting one of the seacoast areas finest displays of fireworks. This year, the City entered a partnership with Wilcox Industries Corp. to be the main sponsor of the Fourth of July celebration for the next ten years to enable the City to build a broader Independence Day celebration.

    Wilcox’s contributions have allowed City staff to develop a program that will include a longer
    fireworks show this year for the community to enjoy. Additionally, Wilcox will feature musical
    entertainment, children’s activities, historical reenactments, vendor booths and philanthropic initiatives to benefit local veteran groups and encourage larger community participation throughout the day.

    There will be NO PARKING on the following streets all day on July 3, 2017 (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
    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

    Also on July 3rd, residents should plan accordingly to the below activity:
    •  6:00 a.m: Tennis courts/basketball courts/playground areas and baseball areas will close
    • 10:00 a.m.: Vehicles will be start to be towed from the South Mill Pond playground parking lot on Junkins Avenue due to the close proximity of loaded fireworks tubes.
    •  Noon: Vehicles parked on Parrott Avenue between Richards Avenue to Junkins Avenue will start to be towed.
    • 6:00 p.m.: Junkins Ave will close.
    During this event, limited handicapped parking will be available at the Public Library, and the Parking Garage will charge a flat $5.00 fee for parking during the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Heavy traffic and very long delays are expected after the fireworks.

    The Dog Park will be closed from 6:00 a.m. on July 3rd to 10:00 a.m. 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.

    Vendors will be permitted on the north side (Portsmouth Junior High School side) of Parrott Avenue only. Residents are reminded that fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted as per City Ordinance in the compact part of the City.