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Duluth Fourth Fest 2017
Duluth’s Independence Day celebration features live music throughout the day and fireworks from 10:10 to about 10:30 p.m.
Performers include Kat Perkins from NBC’s The Voice, and local acts Glen’s Neighbor, Mark Rubin and Dead End Friends.
Gates open at 4 p.m.
Admission is free and handicap accessible. No bottles, outside food, coolers, weapons or animals allowed at Bayfront Park. One empty water bottle per patron will be allowed in the park. Water stations are located inside the park across from portable restroom units.
Limited parking will be available at the DECC parking ramp, the Great Lakes Aquarium lot and in parking lots on Railroad Street west of Fifth Avenue West.
Traffic congestion will grow as the day progresses in the Bayfront area. During the later afternoon it’s advised to park in the downtown area and walk to Bayfront. Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed to traffic starting at approximately 6 p.m. to accommodate the large number of pedestrians that gather to watch the fireworks display. Just prior to the fireworks display, Fifth Avenue West will be closed to inbound vehicle traffic.
The Aerial Lift Bridge will remain in down position from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The blue footbridge between the DECC and Canal Park will be down from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
At the conclusion of the fireworks display, vehicles in the Canal Park and Park Point area should expect long delays; access will be restricted for about an hour, until most of the congestion has been alleviated. Those who need to get to those areas are advised to return there before 10 p.m. to avoid the delay.
The Duluth Police Department will be providing traffic control at the end of the fireworks to facilitate the smooth exit of vehicles and pedestrians.
The Duluth Transit Authority will operate a limited holiday service schedule in Duluth for regular-route buses and STRIDE. The schedule for each regular route can be found in the shaded area of the Sunday section within the DTA’s passenger hand schedules.
With the DTA’s expanded Port Town Trolley service this year, there will be two trolley buses providing service every 20 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and one trolley bus providing service every 30 minutes from 7 to 11 p.m. The route was expanded into the Historical Arts & Theater District past Fitger’s to East 10th Street.
The Port Town Trolley fare is 50 cents per passenger. Unlimited-ride DTA Day Passes are also available for purchase on the trolley buses for $4. The DTA’s 31-Day Passes and stored value fare cards are accepted on the Port Town Trolley with children ages 4 and under riding free.