No cars will be permitted in Knight Park during this year’s Fourth of July celebration, Collingswood Police announced this week.
The annual show once again takes place July 4 at the high school, but can be seen from multiple parts of the town.
“In the last few years we have seen a huge influx of spectators for our show,” Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo said. “We’re making some adjustments to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible and we’re able to reach people that need our help during emergencies.”
An increase of cars in the last few years has made leaving Knight Park very dangerous for pedestrians after the show. Spectators are welcome to gather to watch the display in the park, but there will be no park access for any vehicles.
Knight Park will be closed to traffic beginning at noon on July 4. Parking will be available and free at the Scottish Rite parking lot (315 White Horse Pike) and the LumberYard garage public lot (entrance on Atlantic Ave between Collings and Powell).
closures include the area around Collingswood High School:
* Collings Ave from Everett Ave to Bettlewood Ave
* Bettlewood Ave from Collings Ave to Newton Lake Drive
* Newton Lake Drive from Bettlewood Ave to Everett Ave
* Everett Ave from Collings Ave to Newton Lake Drive
“These closures give police and fire personnel clearance in the case of emergencies,” said Fire Chief Keith Davis. “With more people coming to our event than ever, it’s key that we have a well prepared traffic strategy.” Road closures begin at noon. A map of planned closures is attached.
Borough officials are encouraging residents to walk to festivities. Collingswood’s fireworks display includes live music from band To The Max at the High School stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Fireworks kick off at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Under State law, no personal fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed. For questions regarding parking and closures for Independence Day call 856-854-0720 x125.