Rome Police media release: The police department is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic on Riverside Parkway on Wednesday during Independence Day festivals at Ridge Ferry Park, including the concerts and evening fireworks.
Writes Capt. Chris DeHart: “Please be mindful that traffic will be congested at times, especially immediately following the fireworks display. Traffic will be rerouted at the conclusion of the event in an effort to accommodate the smoothest transition of heavy traffic. Depending on where you park your vehicle, you will be rerouted a specific direction.
-All traffic on the west side of Riverside Parkway will be routed toward Turner McCall Blvd.
-All traffic on the east side will be rerouted toward GA 1 Loop.
The roadway will be coned and marked accordingly, and officers will be assisting in getting drivers out of the major parking areas. No traffic will be allowed onto Riverside Parkway from Turner McCall Boulevard after the fireworks display. The only entrance to Riverside Parkway following the display will be off of Ga. 1 Loop.
Access from Turner McCall Boulevard will reopen only after the eastbound lots have primarily cleared. Please schedule any pick-ups you may have accordingly.
Schedule of evens:
Noon – Gates open (inflatables open)
5:30pm-6:50pm – Family games and music
7:00pm-8:00pm – Dalton Dover on stage
8:10pm – Announcements
8:20pm – TJ Cochran on stage
9:30pm-9:45pm – Patriotic music, presentation of the colors, national anthem, fireworks
9:50pm – Fireworks
10:10pm – Dalton Dover and TJ Cochran on the stage
11:00pm – Park closed