Leaving Bar Harbor After Fireworks
If you are coming to Bar Harbor for the Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4th, the fireworks will be shot off at approximately 9:15 PM from the Town Pier. Prime viewing is Agamont Park. With the road construction, there has been quite a bit of questions and concerns about leaving Bar Harbor. There are 3 important things to remember! Be Patient! Go to the Bathroom Before Getting In Your Car! Try to Carpool or Take the Free Island Explorer!
The Bar Harbor Police Department released the following information on July 3rd.
This photo shows the post fireworks traffic flow. After the show, the majority of vehicles within the town proper try to leave town in a westerly and/or northerly direction.
The blue arrows show the direction that most vehicles take, and how that traffic must travel depending on which road you exit from. If you exit west from West Street or Cottage Street. you will be directed to head north on Eden Street. If you exit west on Mount Desert Street you will be directed to head west on Rt. 233 / Eagle Lake Rd.
The green arrows indicate routes returning to Northeast Harbor.
The yellow arrows indicate routes returning to the head of the Island, Trenton, Ellsworth and beyond.
If you are staying in a campground, the Island Explorer bus will be running shuttle services before and after the fireworks and will be dropping people off and picking them up at the Emerson Junior High School location shown on the map. For more details on its limited 4th of July schedule, please visit their website at www.exploreacadia.com
After the show, patience is a virtue: We do our very best to keep traffic moving steadily and smoothly to get you home as safely and quickly as possible. If you care to stay awhile and partake in some ice cream or the like, please do. It will make your departure and our night much less stressful.
Expect very long wait times! Prepare for very long wait times! Carpooling can help to negate the number of vehicles on the roadway.
Please remember that any fireworks other than the professional show are prohibited in the Town of Bar Harbor. In addition, please remember that the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public is prohibited by State statute.