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Plan ahead for Fourth of July parking in downtown Wilmington

Wilmington's Fourth of July celebration will be held Wednesday, with live music and food vendors starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:05 p.m.

The City of Wilmington asks vehicles to park closest to the direction they plan to exit upcoming Fourth of July celebrations downtown. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy City of Wilmington)
The City of Wilmington asks vehicles to park closest to the direction they plan to exit upcoming Fourth of July celebrations downtown. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy City of Wilmington)

WILMINGTON—This coming Fourth of July will bring heavy traffic to downtown Wilmington. The city has released tips and guidelines on where to park and how to enjoy the fireworks.

Since the fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Cape Fear River, the best view of the show will be near Wilmington’s riverfront.

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Music and vendors will kick off the celebrations starting at 6 p.m. with the firework show starting at 9:05 p.m. People should expect a one to two-hour delay leaving the downtown area following the event, especially those departing immediately after the fireworks.

All day Wednesday, on-street parking will be free in downtown Wilmington. Parking decks will begin charging event fees after 2 p.m.

The city asks vehicles to park on the side of town closest to the direction that will be traveled on the way home, for example, on the north side if you’re taking MLK Partway. A map has been created to direct motorists of proper exit routes following the Fourth of July celebrations. Spectators are not permitted to stand, stop or park on bridges, roadways or on medians of surrounding highways.

The following streets are expected to close before the celebrations begin:

  • N. Water Street, between Market and Grace Streets will close at 1:30 p.m.
  • Princess Street between North Water and North Front streets will close at 1:30 p.m.
  • Market Street between North Water and North Front streets will close at 1:30 p.m.
  • Chestnut Street, between North Front and North 2nd Streets will close as early as 5 p.m.
  • Streets west of 2nd Street will close as early as 6 p.m.
  • US 421 North exit off 74/76 will close as early as 6 p.m.

After the fireworks, no boating traffic will be permitted on the Cape Fear River for 30 minutes following the celebrations.

More information on the city’s parking preparations and directions can be found on the event’s website.


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