Portland will begin restricting parking and closing boat ramps Thursday in preparation for the Fourth of July festivities on the Eastern Promenade, even as city officials consider whether to reschedule Friday’s fireworks display because of potentially stormy weather.

City officials said Wednesday that they are closely watching Tropical Storm Arthur’s track along the Eastern Seaboard and plan to announce at 3 p.m. Thursday whether Friday’s events will continue as planned or be rescheduled for Saturday.

The opening ceremony for the city’s annual “Stars and Stripes Spectacular” is currently set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Eastern Promenade. At 7:40 p.m., the Portland Symphony Orchestra will begin its “Patriotic Pops” concert, which will continue through the fireworks show.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m. Friday unless postponed for a day.

Parking and access restrictions will begin Thursday and expand as the events draw closer:

On Thursday:
• Cutter Street and all parking lots on Cutter will close from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6:30 a.m. July 5 (or July 6, in case of a rain delay).
• East End boat launch will close from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6:30 a.m. July 5 (or July 6, in case of a rain delay).

On Friday:

• On-street parking will be prohibited from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (or until 11 p.m. Saturday if rain-delayed) for the following streets:
• Eastern Promenade (both sides) from Morning Street to Walnut Street;
• Wilson Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Moody Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Congress Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade;

Also, several streets will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (or Saturday if rain-delayed). Those streets include:
• Turner Street from Morning Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Quebec Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Melbourne Street from Emerson Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Montreal Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade;
• Walnut Street from Willis Street to the Eastern Promenade;

At 4 p.m. Friday, the city will shut off traffic to Munjoy Hill.

Handicapped parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until 6 p.m. Friday along Cutter Street and Fort Allen Park. Access to Cutter Street for handicapped parking will be from Fore Street.
For more information on Portland’s holiday events – including weather-related updates to the schedule – go to www.july4thportland.org.