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Some Marylanders’ plans to ring in the new year are likely in the works, while some are being changed because of the weather forecast for the weekend. But it’s so far away, so good for Saturday’s midnight fireworks show. Organizers said the fireworks show was likely to take place rain or shine. The Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts told 11 News that outdoor events that had to be canceled due to the potential for rain include the mayor’s presence for the midnight countdown and the cancellation of the Soul Centered performance, the band that was hired to play during the event. But that doesn’t stop longtime event-goers like Jaishaun Scott and his brother. the New Year’s celebration since November, said the fireworks show will last 12 to 15 minutes as Baltimoreans ring in 2023. “It’s so exciting. Unfortunately, though, they’re talking about rain on Saturday. So, we’re not sure what to expect for Saturday,” said Carlos deShaun-Brown, director of live events and public engagement at BOPA. Pyrotecnico employees on Friday double-checked things to make sure they didn’t cross wires for Saturday’s big show. of work,” said Brandon Cope of Pyrotecnico. Baltimore Fireworks is scheduled to return to the Inner Harbor after a two-year hiatus. The 2021 New Year’s Eve spectacle was canceled due to costs and logistics, while in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the festivities. even if it’s raining, they still wait for people to come out. “I know people are still going to leave. There are lots of bars and restaurants in the area that will be hosting events for the New Year. So hopefully between that and a light rain shower at midnight it should be a good time,” said deShaun -Brown . The forecast of rain also prompted the city of Annapolis to postpone the fireworks display to 5:30 pm on New Year’s Day at the port of Annapolis. It’s not just city governments hoping the crowds will venture out. The restaurateurs are in high spirits for the night and are offering special menus and happy hour prices. The folks at Phillips Seafood said they’re counting on Maryland seafood lovers. Reservations are preferred but not required. Baltimore Police said officers will be actively deploying to the streets and more officers will be on foot, patrolling areas throughout the city, especially near the Inner Harbor. , the temporary restrictions on commercial vehicles will take effect at 4 pm on Saturday and will last until 2 am on Sunday. Commercial vehicles will be prohibited in the downtown/Inner Harbor areas, except for local deliveries. Tank trucks will be banned in the city center during this time, including those for local deliveries. The commercial vehicle restriction excludes taxis, buses and other mass transit vehicles. Commercial vehicle restrictions, along with all parking restrictions, will be strictly enforced.COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS Martin Luther King Jr. Fayette Street. 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 permitted on or west of President Street). Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway. Main road from Light Streets to McComas. Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery Street (no commercial vehicles will be permitted on McComas Street or north including Hanover Street). Pratt and Lombard Streets by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to President Street. Interstate 395 at Martin Luther King Jr. divides to Pratt Street (no commercial vehicles allowed on I-395). Traffic from Pratt Street will divert 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. – Northbound Light Street traffic will divert west on Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street. Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street – traffic from Southbound Light Street will divert westwards on Lombard Street to continue southwards on Greene Street. I-395 traffic heading north on Conway Street will divert north on Howard Street. No access will be permitted on eastbound Conway Street. NO PARKING (6:00 pm Saturday to 3:00 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 Streets William West side of Charles Street, Pratt to Fayette Streets

Some Marylanders’ plans to ring in the new year are likely in the works, while some are being changed because of the weekend weather forecast.

Outdoor activities for Baltimore’s New Year’s celebration have been canceled, 11 news learned Thursday. But it’s so far away, so good for Saturday’s midnight fireworks show. Organizers said the fireworks show was likely to take place rain or shine.

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

But that doesn’t stop longtime event-goers like Jaishaun Scott and his brother.

“(It’s) explosive. It’s good. It’s nice to watch him 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 to 15 minutes as Baltimoreans ring in 2023.

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

Pyrotecnico officials on Friday double-checked things to make sure they didn’t cross wires for Saturday’s big show.

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

Baltimore Fireworks is scheduled to return to the Inner Harbor after a two-year hiatus. The 2021 Réveillon Spectacular was canceled due to costs and logistics, while in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the festivities.

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Baltimore city officials said that even if it’s raining, they still expect people to show up.

“I know people are still going to leave. There are lots of bars and restaurants in the area that will be hosting events for the New Year. So hopefully between that and a light rain shower at midnight it should be a good time,” said deShaun -Brown .

The rain forecast also led the city of Anápolis to postpone the fireworks display to 5:30 pm on New Year’s Day at the Port of Anápolis.

It’s not just city governments hoping the crowds will venture out. The restaurateurs are in high spirits for the night and are offering special menus and happy hour prices.

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

Baltimore Police said officers will be actively deploying to the streets and more officers will be on foot, patrolling areas throughout the city, especially near the Inner Harbor.

BALTIMORE TRANSIT MODIFICATIONS/ROAD CLOSURES

In preparation for the fireworks, temporary commercial vehicle restrictions will come into effect at 4pm on Saturday and will last until 2am on Sunday. Commercial vehicles will be prohibited in the downtown/Inner Harbor areas, except for local deliveries. Tank trucks will be banned in the city center during this time, including those for local deliveries. The commercial vehicle restriction excludes taxis, buses and other mass transit vehicles.

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

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS

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

ROAD CLOSURE (from 23:15 on Saturday until the release of the event)

  • Pratt Street will be closed to Charles Street — traffic from Pratt Street 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 CLOSURE (from 23:30 on Saturday until the release of the event)

  • Northbound Light Street will close at Lee Street – traffic from Northbound Light Street will divert westwards on Lee Street to continue northwards on Charles Street.
  • Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street – traffic from Southbound Light Street will divert westwards on Lombard Street to continue southwards on Greene Street.
  • I-395 traffic heading north on Conway Street will divert north on Howard Street. No access will be permitted east of Conway Street.

NO PARKING (from 18:00 on Saturday to 03:00 on 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, Pratt to Fayette Streets

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