It’s going to be a weekend of celebrations as Portsmouth commemorates its 375th anniversary. To honor the founding of our town and its history, Portsmouth has been conducting events all year – including this weekend’s parade.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, England (the namesake of Portsmouth, Rhode Island) and the mayors of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Virginia will also be in attendance.
The event kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. on East Main Road at Patriots Drive, before heading south towards Turnpike Avenue. The parade will then move west on Turnpike Avenue and on to Memorial Drive where it will conclude around noon.
As to be expected, there will be some road closures accompanying the grand parade. The Portsmouth Police Department has announced the following closures:
- East Main Road for southbound traffic, starting at Patriots Drive
- East Main Road for northbound traffic, starting at Turnpike Avenue
- Turnpike Avenue between East Main Road and Memorial Drive
- All traffic exiting onto Turnpike Avenue from Route 24 will be diverted toward Bristol Ferry Road.
Motorists are encouraged to use Route 114 (West Main Road) to avoid traffic congestion.