Sunday, August 14, 2022

Downtown on-street parking free for July 4th holiday

WILMINGTON — Even if the meters are on, there’s no need to feed them downtown this July 4th holiday.

The City of Wilmington does not enforce its 975 meters 10 days a year in observance of holidays, Independence Day being one.

The metered spaces will be free to use during the city’s holiday pops concert with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, hosted at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Monday, with performances taking place until fireworks begin right after 9 p.m. The Independence Day display will be launched from a barge at the convergence of the Cape Fear and Northeast Cape Fear rivers, north of the Battleship NC.

If on-street metered spaces are full, other options exist in downtown decks and lots, though will require payment, according to the city:

  • City decks located at 115 Market St., 114 N. 2nd St, 14 Grace St. and the County deck at 212 N. 2nd St. will charge a $10 event fee
  • The Wilmington Convention Center deck at 515 Nutt St. will charge an $10 event fee
  • Cape Fear Community College will charge a $15.00 event fee – cash only at all CFCC parking locations.  Hanover Parking Deck, Nutt Street Parking Deck, Student Lot #2 (corner of Front and Hanover), K Lot (corner of 3rd and Walnut) and L Lot (corner of 2nd and Walnut)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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