Annapolis to hold two New Year's Eve celebrations

Annapolis, Md. - Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley invites everyone to join him and his family for the 2018 Annapolis New Year’s Celebration! There are two sets of fireworks to fit everyone’s schedules. 

The early, family-friendly fireworks experience will be in the same location as last year at the Weems Whalen field, located behind Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Bates Middle School at 5:30 p.m., but the festivities for kids and families begin at 3 p.m.

This location gives more space for the children’s activities and playtime. The activities will include live music by local teen bands from the Lee Priddy Music Academy, free craft making for kids hosted by Tattered Hatters and Chesapeake Children's Museum, Annapolis Police Department and Annapolis Fire Department giveaways and apparatuses, and moon bounces and obstacle courses.

The City Dock New Year’s Eve celebration comes alive around 8 p.m. The evening will be filled with music at Susan Campbell Park with a DJ starting at 8 p.m., followed by the fun, high energy dance band, Radio City, from 9 p.m. to midnight.  At midnight, Mayor Buckley will lead the countdown to the fireworks grand finale.

Here are a few reminders if coming into town by vehicle or boat:

  • No shuttle service will be offered to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
  • A warming bus will be stationed at Market House beginning at 6:00 pm until 12:30 am.
  • There will not be any parking restrictions specifically related to New Year's Eve. However, please be sure to adhere to all residential parking signs to avoid tickets, fines, or towing.  Also remember, the free, three-hour parking is only for three hours.
  • Because of the anticipated crowded conditions, boaters are urged to select their preferred viewing-area anchorage early and are also warned to avoid the 1,000-foot safety zone around the fireworks barge.  The 1,000-foot safety zone covers all of Spa Creek from Susan Campbell Park to the Chart House.  You will not be able to transit that entire portion of Spa Creek from 4 p.m.-midnight.
  • Please note: Immediately after the fireworks, the barge will be underway to clear the harbor. All boaters are urged to heed the instructions of safety and law enforcement officials including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, the Annapolis Police, the Annapolis Fire Department, the Annapolis Harbormaster and others.
  • Remember, this is an alcohol-free event. If you would like to celebrate with alcohol, please visit one of our wonderful local bars, restaurants or hotels. If you are attending New Year’s Eve celebrations anywhere in the area, please drink responsibly and utilize designated drivers.

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