(Photo by Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today)
Fireworks Before the Fireworks street party to feature music,
food and family-fun activities.
Parking and new traffic plan emphasizes safety and organized exit
Port Canaveral, FL – June 29, 2018 – For the fourth year in a row, Port Canaveral will host the Fireworks Before the Fireworks, one of the area’s most popular Fourth of July events with fireworks and family-centered festivities on the lawn of the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral. Events scheduled from 5 to 10 PM feature a family fun “street fair” with food, drinks, live music, face painting and other activities for kids provided by local vendors and businesses. The fireworks display will begin shortly after sunset. At 6:00 PM, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) will lead an opening ceremony with the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem. Admission is free, and all guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
VIP viewing tickets for the Exploration Tower is $20.00 if purchased in advance. Go to visitportcanaveral.com to sign up.
Visitors to the Cove restaurants can utilize the free parking lot located on Mullet Road.
Event Parking costs $5.00, beginning at 5 PM – see below for more parking details.
The Port Canaveral fireworks over the harbor event will take place along Mullet Road, which will be closed between Dave Nisbet Drive and Glenn Cheek Drive.
A comprehensive special event parking and traffic flow plan was jointly developed by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Canaveral Fire Rescue and Canaveral Port Authority Public Safety to improve arrival at the Port before the event and exiting the Port once the fireworks display concludes. The traffic flow plan will have road closures beginning at 10:00 AM and one-way directional exiting of Port roads beginning at 9:00 PM. Guests planning to attend the event are strongly encouraged to review the new parking and traffic flow plan and make their travel and parking plans accordingly.
The new parking and traffic event plan includes electronic and fixed signs located on SR 528 and SR A1A, and on roadways and intersections on Port to direct motorists arriving at the Port for the festivities. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies, parking attendants and staff will be located at key traffic intersections around the Port to assist motorists. Anyone planning to attend the event are strongly encouraged to review the new parking and traffic flow plan and select the parking lot that offers the most efficient exit to the roadway needed for their return trip. For example, if a motorist wants to return to Merritt Island, park at Lot A or B; or, if you’ll be returning to Beachside communities, park in Lot B, C, D, E, or F. Guests parking in the Cove area should expect longer delays.
The parking lot guests choose to park their vehicle will dictate what road they will be allowed to use when exiting. Upon arrival, motorists should plan in advance where they will park their car and follow electronic signs to their desired lot.
EXITING PORT CANAVERAL AFTER FIREWORKS
IF YOU PLAN ON TRAVELING ON SR 528
Use Lots A & B
IF YOU PLAN ON DRIVING TO CAPE CANAVERAL, COCOA BEACH, BEACH COMMUNITIES OR POINTS SOUTH, SR A1A or SR 520
Use Lots B, C, D, E, F
IF YOU HAVE VIP TICKETS AT THE EXPLORATION TOWER
VIP lot will only allow you to access SR 528, so plan accordingly
ACCESSIBLE PARKING LOT
Will allow entrance to SR 528 or SR A1A
ABOUT PORT CANAVERAL
Led by the elected five-member Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral is one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space, Port Canaveral hosts nearly 5 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and 6 million of tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerized. The Port is strategically located to service all Florida markets, as well as the Southeastern United States. In addition to world class cruise facilities and diverse cargo operations, Port Canaveral offers more recreational opportunities than all other Florida deep-water seaports combined, including public parks, free public boat ramps, marinas, an entertainment district, and the seven-story interactive exhibit and event venue Exploration Tower. For more information, visit www.portcanaveral.com.