Event parking and traffic plan emphasizes safety and organized exit
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Skies above Port Canaveral will light up with color and sound on July 2nd for the annual “Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky” fireworks celebration being hosted by the Cove Merchants Association at Port Canaveral and the Canaveral Port Authority.
The event at Port Canaveral is the first of three area fireworks celebrations that are the hallmark of the Space Coast’s Independence Day events – July 3rd fireworks at Cocoa Beach, followed by July 4th fireworks at Cocoa Village.
Public access for viewing the July 2nd fireworks at Port Canaveral will be available at the Cove District and the Port’s Exploration Tower Lawn. Free parking will be available at The Cove parking lot for patrons of The Cove restaurants until capacity is reached.
Designated parking areas at Port Canaveral will be available for the fireworks event at $10 per vehicle, cash or credit cards accepted. See Parking Overview map below for designated lot locations.
There are no public viewing locations on the north side of Port Canaveral (“A” Cruise Terminals and North Cargo Operations) or on any portion of State Road 401.
■ Exploration Tower VIP Viewing Tickets
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase to view the fireworks display from Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower. Tickets are available for purchase online by going to shop.portcanaveral.com.
The VIP ticket includes admission to the Exploration Tower to view the fireworks, appetizers, and parking. Guests will have access to most floors of the Exploration Tower. Tickets are $35.00 (+tax) each (ages 3+) and include parking.
VIP ticket holders may choose to park in the designated VIP parking lot located across from the Exploration Tower near the helicopter landing pad (see Parking Overview map) or any of the surrounding parking lots.
■ Special Event Traffic Plan
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 promote safe arrival at the Port before the event and exiting the Port once the fireworks display concludes.
The traffic flow plan will have road closures in the Cove Restaurant District and utilize one-way directional exiting of Port roads following the event.
To help expedite traffic departure and flow, the parking lot that a guest chooses for their vehicle will determine what road may be used for exiting the lot. Guests planning to attend the event should review the parking and traffic flow maps prior to arrival, make their plans accordingly, and follow electronic signs to their desired lot.
Electronic and fixed signage will be located on roadways and intersections in the Port to direct motorists arriving for the festivities. Deputies, parking attendants and staff will be located at key traffic intersections around the Port to assist motorists. Visitors should select the parking lot that offers the most efficient exit to the roadway needed for their return trip.
For example, a motorist who wants to return to Merritt Island should park in Lot A or B. Or a guest returning to beachside communities should park in Lot B or C. Guests who park in The Cove dining and entertainment district may exit either way but should expect longer delays.
NOTE: The Cove parking lot is free for patrons of Cove businesses.
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