Release, City of Leesburg Police:
Motorists are being asked to be alert for traffic detours and delays in downtown Leesburg onFriday July 4, 2014. The Town of Leesburg’s annual Independence Day Parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM and proceed from Ida Lee Park south on N. King Street to South King Street where it concludes at Fairfax Street. North and South King Streets will be closed from Battlefield Parkway to Catoctin Circle beginning at 09:30 AM. It is anticipated that the streets will reopen following the parade and subsequent clean-up by 12:00 PM.
At 5:30 PM the parking gates for the Concert and Fireworks Festival will open at Ida Lee Park. Early arrivals will be directed by staff to park at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center and Soccer Lots. The second lot to be parked will be field beside Union Cemetery. The third and final parking area will be the front field off of North King Street. There will be NO PARKING allowed along North King Street, between The Route 15 Bypass split and Oakcrest Manor Drive. Once all on-site parking is full, North King Street in front of Ida Lee Park will be closed as we normally see a heavy influx of pedestrian traffic into the park.
Beginning at approximately 9:00 PM, North and South King Streets will be CLOSED from the Route 15 Bypass Split to Catoctin Circle to allow for the traffic to leave the event at Ida Lee Park.
Motorists wishing to avoid the traffic delays should utilize the Rt. 15/7 Bypass to travel around downtown Leesburg as heavy delays and congestion are expected until the traffic has dissipated.
The Leesburg Police Department is asking for the public’s patience and understanding while the park is emptied following the celebration.
Leesburg Police Officers and members of the Leesburg Police Citizens Support Team will be assigned to both events to ensure the safety of the participants and to provide traffic control assistance to motorists.