Tuesday July 02, 2013 | 09:30 AM

Munjoy Hill is going to be a tough place to navigate on July 4.

With another Stars and Stripes Spectacular planned, streets and parking lots from Washington Avenue up will either be closed or restricted from 10 p.m. July 3 through 6:30 a.m. July 5, making it difficult to get around by car. (Munjoy Hill will be closed to all auto traffic at 4 p.m. July 4.)

But Portland is doing a great thing for those who can get around on two wheels. The city is setting up a free bike valet, run by volunteers, at Morning and Cutter streets. If your plans include the Portland Symphony Orchestra and fireworks, pedal along the Eastern Promenade Trail or up any of the adjacent streets (Congress, Fore, Walnut or others), park your bike and settle in for a evening of entertainment.

The day/night features a full schedule of music and entertainment starting at noon when vendors open with food and crafts. The "No Kid Hungry - Scoops for Kids" Ice Crean Festival runs from 3 to 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat gelato, sorbet and ice cream for $5. (You'll appreciate the exercise you'll get from biking after taking part in this Share Our Strength fundraiser.)

The Patriotic Pops Concert featuring the PSO and special guest Don McLean begins at 7:40 p.m. and the fireworks will follow.

Then you'll be off and pedaling home again while others will be walking to their cars or waiting out the traffic. Ride carefully, 

About the Author

Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.

Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.

Get in touch at kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

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