June 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
City Issues Do’s and Don’ts for Downtown Fourth of July Celebration
SAVANNAH, GA (June 26, 2018) — The City of Savannah and the Savannah Police Department are gearing up for this year’s Fourth of July celebration in downtown Savannah.
The fireworks display will begin at 9:25 p.m. along the Savannah River. The City expects thousands of visitors and residents to be in the downtown area for the festivities. Those spectators need to keep in mind some basic do’s and don’ts to make their experience more enjoyable.
The biggest tip for people coming downtown is to have a parking plan. The City is offering a special $10 flat rate at all City parking garages from 5 a.m. on July 4 through 5 a.m. on July 5. Meter parking is free on July 4.
Once the fireworks are over, the City expects a mass exodus from the downtown area. The City’s traffic engineers ask the public to avoid MLK Blvd and I-16 as much as possible if they are trying to leave the downtown area after the fireworks because historically it is the most congested area. Motorists parked east of Bull Street are asked to utilize Price Street and the Truman Parkway to exit downtown. Motorists parked west of Bull Street are encouraged to use Whitaker Street or travel along West Bay Street to I-516.
Savannah Police will have extra security measures in place during the festival. Police will be enforcing all state laws and local ordinances including underage drinking, driving under the influence, and curfew violations. All children 16 and younger must leave the downtown area by 11 p.m. unless they are accompanied by an adult who is 21 or older.