Independence Day traffic and safety

In anticipation of the events occurring in Celebration as part of the ‘Star Spangled Spectacular 4th of July event, the following traffic initiatives will be in place in an effort to assist residents and to ensure an enjoyable experience.

On Wednesday, July 3, beginning at 2 p.m., vehicle access to the Town Center area will be restricted to staff preparing for the event. Road closure signs will be in place at Market Street & Celebration Avenue; Front Street & Sycamore Avenue; Bloom Street near the Bohemian Hotel and the Front Street and Bloom Street intersection. These roadways will remain closed until the morning of Friday, July 5.

On Thursday morning, July 4, the annual parade (Route Map) through town will begin at 9 a.m. The route will commence at Town Hall (851 Celebration Avenue) and will travel on Celebration Avenue, turning right onto Market Street, left onto Front Street and eventually ending at the corner of Sycamore and Front. Osceola County Sheriff deputies will be stationed at Starling Drive & Celebration Avenue and Water Street and Celebration Avenue.  During the parade processional, drivers will be detoured onto Starling Drive or Water Street as an alternate route. Celebration Avenue will reopen to traffic immediately following the parade.

Following the parade (and transformation of Town Center), the fun resumes at 4 p.m. in and around Market and Front Streets, as many of Celebration’s dining establishments will be vending some of their more popular items (Star Spangled Spectacular schedule).

If residents have guests joining them for the evening fun, encourage them to utilize the free park and ride service. Guests can park at 215 Celebration Place and take a bus to the K-8 school and back following the event. This will help alleviate traffic in the community. The service runs from 4 – 11 p.m.

Members of the Osceola County Sheriff’s office will be patrolling throughout Town Center during the event, as well as taking up posts at a number of intersections to assist with traffic flow, especially following the event.

Deputies will be positioned at the following locations to assist with an orderly and safe exit following the event: Waterside Drive & Celebration Boulevard; Waterside Drive & Celebration Avenue; Campus Street & Celebration Boulevard (near the library); Campus Street & Celebration Avenue; Golfpark Drive & Celebration Avenue; Celebration Avenue & SR 417; Sycamore Avenue & Celebration Avenue; Celebration Avenue and Celebration Place (Water Tower Shoppes entrance); and East Lawn & Celebration Avenue.  A number of no parking and directional signage will also be in place to assist with the flow of traffic.

In addition, Campus Street between Greenbrier and Mulberry will be restricted to local traffic only. Also, beginning at 5 p.m. on July 4, the intersection of Campus and Celebration Avenue will see an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy stationed there to monitor traffic flow, as access to Campus (eastbound) will be restricted to Town Center residents and hotel guests. Residents will be asked to produce a driver’s license indicating their place of residence.

For those residents and their guests who will be exiting Main Village, drivers are encouraged to exit by utilizing Celebration Avenue towards SR 417 or Golfpark Drive to Campus Street.

For those residents and their guests who will be exiting East, West or South Village, drivers are encouraged to take Waterside Drive to Celebration Boulevard for access to I4, 192 or other roadways.

For those residents and their guests who will be exiting North Village, drivers are encouraged to go right onto Celebration Ave., away from Town Center.

Where possible, residents are encouraged to walk to the downtown festivities or carpool if driving is necessary.

Adjustments will be made throughout the evening if necessary in order to ensure a safe, festive and close to hassle free event as possible.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, safety should be at the top of your list. As a reminder, under Florida law, only sparklers, approved by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, are legal for consumer usage. It is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks in Florida, which include shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, rockets and firecrackers.