Released on May 17, 2013 - 1:41pm
May 17

Mayor Craig A. Moe is announcing important information regarding parking changes that will affect celebrants of the 2013 City of Laurel Independence Day Celebration.

With the nearing completion of the old Laurel Mall demolition and the construction that will create the new Towne Centre Laurel, hardships and difficulty in parking for this year’s Independence Day Celebration events are anticipated. The Mayor wants to ensure enough public notice is provided to allow celebrants to plan their day accordingly. Most importantly, Mayor Moe wants to guarantee that public safety is the number one issue for the day.

The day will kick off with the start of the Parade at 11am. The Parade will begin at 6th and Montgomery Streets and proceed easterly to Fourth Street, as in past years. The Viewing Stand will be located about a half block north from its usual location, across from Ashford Boulevard. However, the Towne Centre will have fencing around its perimeter, which will block off the usual available parking in the old Montgomery Wards parking lot. Emergency Operations Director, Marty Flemion, has worked on a plan with Public Works and the Laurel Police to block off a portion of the right turn lane on Cherry Lane from Route 1 to Fourth Street to be used as a parking area, so the parade participants can take a left onto the sidewalk that runs parallel with west bound Cherry Lane, and get in their vehicles, and leave the area. Participants are encouraged to carpool this year to allow space for everyone being picked up to have a space to park while waiting for their walkers.

The Towne Centre Laurel build will also impact parking for the day’s events. The Laurel 4th of July Committee has created a new events schedule to include a Youth Music Showcase with local company, Breasia. There will also be a dance demonstration by Enkore Dance Group in front of the Burton Memorial Stage and the Committee has partnered with the City of Laurel Parks and Recreation to bring back a family game atmosphere on the field from 12Noon – 3pm. They will also hold their 2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest following the family games.

With Oracle beginning their musical entertainment around 5pm, more spectators will begin to show to stake their spot for the fireworks, which will be 5 minutes longer this year. So parking will be at a premium this year with the Mall/Towne Centre parking lot closed off and not available. Mayor Moe recommends that you carpool with family and friends, allow enough time to locate available parking, and encourages patience on this day considering the complications that may be encountered. Mayor Moe also encourages consideration to the parking demands of those businesses that are open on July 6.

Mayor Moe is excited for this year’s event and in spite of the parking concerns, he hopes to see more people in attendance at this year’s event, especially with the inclusion of the family games planned for this year’s Independence Day Celebration. 

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