Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities. I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO THE CONCERT?
NOTHING. It’s Free.
CAN WE PARK AT THE HIGH SCHOOL?
NO. At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times. “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”
WHAT TIME IS THE CONCERT, PARADE, FIREWORKS, LASER LIGHT SHOW — AND WHO’S PERFORMING?
5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm. Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks. All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade. (See more details here.)
WHAT IS THE PARADE ROUTE?
Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
YES. Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston. See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS?
That depends on how close you like to be. For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park. If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water. You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off. It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!
Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here). The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans. Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.
Let’s have some fun tonight!