New year’s fireworks still planned, outdoor events canceled

Some Marylanders’ plans to celebrate the new year are likely well underway, while some are being altered because of the weekend weather forecast. Outdoor activities for Baltimore’s New Year’s celebration are canceled, 11 News learned on Thursday. But it’s so far, so good for the fireworks show at midnight on Saturday. Organizers said the fireworks show will likely go on rain or shine. The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts told 11 News the outdoor events that had to be canceled due to the potential for rain include the mayor’s attendance for the midnight countdown and the canceled performance of Soul Centered, the band that was hired to play during the event. But that’s not deterring long-time event-goers like Jaishaun Scott and his brother.”(It’s) explosive. It’s good. It’s nice watching it over the water and just the spirit of it,” Scott said. BOPA, which has been planning the New Year’s celebration since November, said the fireworks show will last 12-15 minutes as Baltimoreans ring in 2023.”It is so exciting. Unfortunately, though, they are talking about rain on Saturday. So, we are not sure what to expect for Saturday,” said Carlos deShaun-Brown, BOPA’s director of live events and public engagement. Officials with Pyrotecnico on Friday checked things twice to make sure they don’t get their wires crossed for Saturday’s big show.” Lots of planning between Baltimore City Fire Department, , shipyard, lots of logistics in about two to three days of work,” said Brandon Cope with Pyrotecnico. The Baltimore fireworks are slated to return to the Inner Harbor after a two-year hiatus. The 2021 New Year’s Eve Spectacular was canceled due to costs and logistics, while in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the festivities. Video below: Drop the duck, crab, muskrat … it’s the new year! Baltimore City officials said that even if it’s raining, they still hope people will come out. “I know that people will still come out. There’s a lot of area bars and restaurants that will host events for New Year’s. So, hopefully, between that and light rain by midnight, it should be a good time,” deShaun-Brown said . Rain in the forecast also prompted the city of Annapolis to postpone its fireworks celebration until 5:30 pm on New Year’s Day at the Annapolis Harbor. It’s not just city governments that are hoping crowds venture out. Restaurateurs are excited about the evening and are offering special menus and happy hour prices. The people at Phillips Seafood said they’re counting on Maryland seafood lovers. Reservations are preferred but not required. Baltimore police said officers will be doing street-active deployments, and more officers will be on foot, patrolling areas all over the city, especially near the Inner Harbor. BALTIMORE TRAFFIC MODIFICATIONS/ROAD CLOSURESIn preparation for the fireworks , temporary commercial vehicle restrictions will take effect at 4 pm Saturday and last until 2 am Sunday. Commercial vehicles will be prohibited in the downtown/Inner Harbor areas, except for local deliveries. Tanker trailers will be prohibited downtown during this time, including those for local deliveries. The commercial vehicle restriction excludes cabs, buses and other mass transit vehicles. Commercial vehicle restrictions, along with all parking restrictions, will be strictly enforced. COMMERICIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS Fayette Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to President Street (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or south of Fayette Street). President Street from Aliceanna to Fayette streets (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or west of President Street). Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway. Key Highway from Light to McComas streets. Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery streets (no commercial vehicles will be allowed on or north of McComas Street, including Hanover Street). Pratt and Lombard streets from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to President Street. Interstate 395 at the Martin Luther King Jr. split to Pratt Street (no commercial vehicles will be permitted on I-395). ROAD CLOSURES (from 11:15 pm Saturday until the event clears) Pratt Street will be closed at Charles Street — Pratt Street traffic will be diverted north on Charles Street to continue east on Baltimore Street. Lombard Street will be closed at President Street — Lombard Street traffic will be diverted north on President Street to continue west on Fayette Street. ROAD CLOSURES (from 11:30 pm Saturday until the event clears) Northbound Light Street will close at Lee Street – – Northbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street. Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street — Southbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lombard Street to continue south on Greene Street. Northbound I-395 traffic at Conway Street will be diverted north on Howard Street. No access will be allowed onto eastbound Conway Street. NO PARKING (from 6 pm Saturday until 3 am Sunday) Gay Street from Pratt to Fayette streets Calvert Street from Pratt to Fayette streets Baltimore Street from Charles to Gay streets South side of Key Highway from Light to William streets West side of Charles Street from Pratt to Fayette streets

Some Marylanders’ plans to celebrate the new year are likely well underway, while some are being altered because of the weekend weather forecast.

Outdoor activities for Baltimore’s New Year’s celebration are canceled, 11 News learned on Thursday. But it’s so far, so good for the fireworks show at midnight on Saturday. Organizers said the fireworks show will likely go on rain or shine.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts told 11 News the outdoor events that had to be canceled due to the potential for rain include the mayor’s attendance for the midnight countdown and the canceled performance of Soul Centered, the band that was hired to play during the event.

But that’s not deterring long-time event-goers like Jaishaun Scott and his brother.

“(It’s) explosive. It’s good. It’s nice watching it over the water and just the spirit of it,” Scott said.

BOPA, which has been planning the New Year’s celebration since November, said the fireworks show will last 12-15 minutes as Baltimoreans ring in 2023.

“It is so exciting. Unfortunately, though, they are talking about rain on Saturday. So, we are not sure what to expect for Saturday,” said Carlos deShaun-Brown, BOPA’s director of live events and public engagement.

Officials with Pyrotecnico on Friday checked things twice to make sure they don’t get their wires crossed for Saturday’s big show.

“Lots of planning between Baltimore City Fire Department, [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives]shipyard, lots of logistics in about two to three days of work,” said Brandon Cope with Pyrotecnico.

The Baltimore fireworks are slated to return to the Inner Harbor after a two-year hiatus. The 2021 New Year’s Eve Spectacular was canceled due to costs and logistics, while in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the festivities.

Video below: Drop the duck, crab, muskrat … it’s the new year!

Baltimore City officials said that even if it’s raining, they still hope people will come out.

“I know that people will still come out. There’s a lot of area bars and restaurants that will host events for New Year’s. So, hopefully, between that and light rain by midnight, it should be a good time,” deShaun-Brown said .

Rain in the forecast also prompted the city of Annapolis to postpone its fireworks celebration until 5:30 pm on New Year’s Day at the Annapolis Harbor.

It’s not just city governments that are hoping crowds venture out. Restaurateurs are excited about the evening and are offering special menus and happy hour prices.

The people at Phillips Seafood said they’re counting on Maryland seafood lovers. Reservations are preferred but not required.

Baltimore police said officers will be doing street-active deployments, and more officers will be on foot, patrolling areas all over the city, especially near the Inner Harbor.

BALTIMORE TRAFFIC MODIFICATIONS/ROAD CLOSURES

In preparation for the fireworks, temporary commercial vehicle restrictions will take effect at 4 pm Saturday and last until 2 am Sunday. Commercial vehicles will be prohibited in the downtown/Inner Harbor areas, except for local deliveries. Tanker trailers will be prohibited downtown during this time, including those for local deliveries. The commercial vehicle restriction excludes cabs, buses and other mass transit vehicles.

Commercial vehicle restrictions, along with all parking restrictions, will be strictly enforced.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS

  • Fayette Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to President Street (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or south of Fayette Street).
  • President Street from Aliceanna to Fayette streets (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or west of President Street).
  • Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway.
  • Key Highway from Light to McComas streets.
  • Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery streets (no commercial vehicles will be allowed on or north of McComas Street, including Hanover Street).
  • Pratt and Lombard streets from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to President Street.
  • Interstate 395 at the Martin Luther King Jr. split to Pratt Street (no commercial vehicles will be permitted on I-395).

ROAD CLOSURES (from 11:15 pm Saturday until the event clears)

  • Pratt Street will be closed at Charles Street — Pratt Street traffic will be diverted north on Charles Street to continue east on Baltimore Street.
  • Lombard Street will be closed at President Street — Lombard Street traffic will be diverted north on President Street to continue west on Fayette Street.

ROAD CLOSURES (from 11:30 pm Saturday until the event clears)

  • Northbound Light Street will close at Lee Street — Northbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street.
  • Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street — Southbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lombard Street to continue south on Greene Street.
  • Northbound I-395 traffic at Conway Street will be diverted north on Howard Street. No access will be allowed onto eastbound Conway Street.

NO PARKING (from 6 pm Saturday until 3 am Sunday)

  • Gay Street from Pratt to Fayette streets
  • Calvert Street from Pratt to Fayette streets
  • Baltimore Street from Charles to Gay streets
  • South side of Key Highway from Light to William streets
  • West side of Charles Street from Pratt to Fayette streets

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