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Guide to July 4 traffic at Bayfront

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On July 4, the City of Duluth will host the Annual Fourth Fest Celebration in the Bayfront area. Limited parking will be available at the DECC parking ramp, the Great Lakes Aquarium Lot, and in the parking lots on Railroad Street west of 5th Avenue West.

Traffic congestion will grow as the day progresses in the Bayfront area. During the later afternoon it is advised to park in the downtown area and walk to Bayfront. Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed to traffic during the evening to accommodate the large number of pedestrians that gather to watch the display. Prior to the fireworks display, 5th Avenue West, below the I-35 Ramps, will be closed to down bound vehicle traffic.

Fireworks will commence at 10:10 p.m. and last 20 to 25 minutes.

At the conclusion of the fireworks display, vehicles in the Canal Park and Park Point area should expect long delays. Access to the Canal Park and Park Point areas will be restricted until most of the congestion in that area has been alleviated. If you need to get to those areas, it is advised to return there before 10 p.m. to avoid the delay.

The Duluth Police Department will be providing traffic control at the end of the fireworks to facilitate the smooth exit of vehicles and pedestrians from this area. Be aware of them and watch for their directions. Your patience is appreciated.

If you have any questions call Officer Bill Stovern 218-730-5678.

The Aerial Lift Bridge and the Pedestrian Slip Bridge (Blue Bridge) in Canal Park will both be secured in the down position during the firework display on the Fourth of July.

The Slip Bridge will be secured from approximately 8 p.m. until approximately 11:30 p.m. on the evening of Friday, July 4. The Aerial Lift Bridge will remain secured down from approximately 7 p.m. on Friday until approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 5. Vessels able to pass under the bridge may do so at any time, but the bridge will be secured in the down position for the duration of the event to allow foot and vehicular traffic to flow at all times.