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Traffic and Parking Advisory for Worcester Tercentennial

For Immediate Release: 6/8/2022 5:51 pm

Press Release: Traffic and parking advisory for Worcester Tercentennial

Wednesday, June 08, 2022
Worcester motorists are advised of road closures and parking restrictions in downtown Worcester due to the events taking place around the Worcester Tercentennial. Thousands of spectators, runners, and vendors are expected to attend the Worcester Tercentennial 5K Road Race and Walk at 9 a.m., Tercentennial Parade at 11 a.m. and Festival from Noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Motorist should pay special attention to posted signs and variable message boards for road closures and detours.  There will be temporary road closures for both the parade and road race downtown on Saturday, June 11 for the duration of each along the routes.
The impacted streets for the Road Race are Mechanic St, Main St., Southbridge St., Myrtle St., McGrath Blvd, Green St., Plymouth St., Summit St., Ash St., Washington St., Madison St., Southbridge St. and School St.

The impacted streets for the Parade are south side of Myrtle St. between Southbridge & McGrath Blvd., Prescott St, Faraday St., Grove St., Salisbury St., and Main St. from the Worcester County Courthouse to the Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts.

The streets around City Hall will be closed for the festival from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This includes Norwich St (starting at 5 a.m.), Franklin St. (Main to Church), Front St. (Main to Church), Church St. (Front to Franklin), Portland St. (Franklin to Myrtle).

Rain date for the Festival is Sunday June 12. 5K Road Race and Parade are rain or shine.

Parking Restrictions on Saturday, June 11:
No parking on either side of Main St. and State St. from 6 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade (approximately 12:30 p.m.).

No parking on Norwich St., Front St., Franklin St., Church St. and on Portland St. from Franklin St. to Federal St. from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Limited parking on Federal St. from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The city is pleased to offer free parking in municipal lots and garages downtown Worcester for patrons attending any Tercentennial events.

Municipal Parking Garages
Federal Plaza
570 Main Street
Major Taylor
30 Major Taylor Boulevard
20 Pearl Street
Union Station
225 Franklin Street
Worcester Common
3 Eaton Place
Municipal Parking Lots
25 Shrewsbury Street
Grafton Street
39 Grafton Street
Green Street
96 Green Street
Highland Street
40 Highland Street
Millbury Street
51 Millbury Street
Water Street
85 Water Street

In addition, the WRTA continues its fare-free program, making the events accessible to all. Public transportation is highly encouraged.

The Worcester Police Department is advising drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to take extra care to obey the rules of the road and to be considerate of others traveling on local streets in the areas surrounding the event. Please plan ahead and seek alternate routes as the areas mentioned will be congested.

The Tercentennial Weekend lineup includes:
Friday, June 10
5PM ​​Tercentennial Weekend Kickoff featuring Canal District Stroll and Polar Park Fireworks featuring Ricky Duran

Saturday, June 11
9AM ​​Tercentennial Road Race, downtown Worcester ​​​​​ 11AM ​Tercentennial Parade & Celebration, downtown Worcester
Noon – 5PM ​Tercentennial Festival on the Worcester common featuring stART on the Street, musical performances, food trucks, and more

Sunday, June 12
4PM ​​Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Special Guest Brian McKnight
4PM ​​Tercentennial family Outing at the Worcester Bravehearts
No road closures or parking restrictions on Friday or Sunday unless festival is postponed to Sunday due to inclement weather.

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 311
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