Welcome to Gloucester’s busiest weekend of the year.
Friday September 2 -Schooner Festival – Approximately twenty-five schooners will descend upon our waterfront for the 32nd Annual Schooner Festival
Friday-Downtown Block Party. 5:00p.m.-10:00p.m. – Main Street will be closed from Pleasant Street to Tally’s Corner. Expect heavy traffic in the downtown area.
Saturday September 3 – Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Harbor Loop. Harbor Loop will be closed in front of the Maritime Gloucester Building.
Schooner Fest Lobster Bake 1:00p.m.-9:00p.m. at the Gloucester House.
Concert on the Boulevard, Boat Light Parade, Fireworks, 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. This area with all activities will be very congested. One lane of the boulevard will be closed for a short period to accommodate the crowds. Come down to the Boulevard, enjoy the weather, the festive atmosphere, the holiday. Park outside the area and walk if possible. Expect delays if driving in the Western Avenue, Stacey Boulevard area.
Sunday September 4 – Schooner Fest Parade of Sail 10:30a.m. Start. Expect the Downtown Area and Stacey Boulevard to have traffic congestion for approximately one hour.
Sunday Start of Mayors Race off of Eastern Point 1:00pm
Sunday Open House at the United States Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop from 12:00noon -4:00p.m.
We are anticipating normal beach conditions for Saturday, September 3. Sunday and Monday we will be keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Hermine anticipated to be passing by the east coast. During high winds and heavy surf, coastal areas should be avoided to ensure the safety of the public. Emergency personnel have been fully briefed and are on standby.
Monday September 5 – YMCA 25k Around the Cape Road Race 8:00a.m. Beginning at the O’ Maley School. Expect traffic delays from Washington Street to the Rockport Line and on Thatcher Road, Bass Avenue, and on Main Street. This is an open course so we are asking motorists to be aware of the pedestrian traffic, to please slow down and to use caution around the runners.
Any updates and cancellations due to weather will be posted on Police outlets.