Flights by the Navy’s Blue Angels are set for Tuesday and Wednesday in Annapolis, plus road closures, boating rule changes and more.
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Road closures, traffic delay and boating restrictions on local waterways will be common this week during events tied to graduation at the U.S. Naval Academy, including aerial performances by the Blue Angels if a soggy weather forecast permits.
The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform above the Severn River, Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 as part of the Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week. These events are free and open to the public.
Blue Angel Flight Times
- On Tuesday, May 23, the Blue Angels will arrive in Annapolis and circle the city between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- On Wednesday, May 24, the performance and flight demonstration will begin at 2 p.m.
Here’s where to see the Blue Angels, according to Visit Annapolis.
- Tuesday, over the Severn River at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for circle and arrival, and at 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm for a flight rehearsal.
- Wednesday, over the Severn River at 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm for a flight demonstration.
- Friday, above the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the time-honored graduation flyover.
Flight times depend on the weather and the National Weather Service calls for rain throughout the work week. On Tuesday, there is an 80 percent chance of rain during the day, with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Wednesday’s forecast is slightly better, with a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2 p.m.
Road Closures, Detours
During the Blue Angels flight demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. drivers should be prepared for the closure of the Naval Academy Bridge and significant traffic delays on MD-450 and MD-648 south of US-50, says the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Access to Pendennis Mount, Greenbury Point and the Naval Support Activity will be limited.
Southbound MD-450 traffic will be detoured northbound at the World War 2 memorial during the closure. Southbound MD-648 (B&A Blvd) traffic will be detoured at Greenbury Point Road and will not have access to MD-450.
There will be Anne Arundel County Police officers present during the event providing traffic control along the route. Spectators and drivers should be aware that there will be significant delays, detours, and pedestrians in the roadway. Plan accordingly and arrive early.
All parking restrictions, including parking in the roadway and no parking signs along the shoulder of MD-450, will be towing enforced. Parking will be permitted in the grass center median as directed by police personnel.
When the Blue Angels are flying the Route 450/Naval Academy Bridge over the Severn River will be closed to ALL traffic, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian.
The bridge will be closed on Tuesday, May 23 between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 24 between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.
In the event of foul weather the bridge could be closed on Wednesday between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The bridge closures are expected to cause traffic congestion in and around Annapolis.
Roads affected include Maryland Route 450, U.S. Route 50, Roscoe Rowe Boulevard, King George Street, Annapolis Street, and Taylor Avenue.
Boat and Water Restrictions
The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a temporary regulated area May 23 and 24, in designated waters in the Severn River and College Creek for the Blue Angels air show. River closures will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. During this time, vessels will not be permitted to travel through the flight box.
The regulated area will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, which may limit or prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users. The regulated area will include the Severn River north of the Severn River Bridge from shore to shore, and south from Luce Creek to Greenbury Point.
Buoys marking the boundary zone for Coast Guard safety and enforcement patrol operations will be set by 9:30 a.m. each day, and can be a visual reference for spectators setting up anchorage.
A temporary access channel marked with red and green buoys will be established near Horn Point, to allow vessels to transit into and out of Annapolis Harbor during the event; vessels operating in this area will do so at their own discretion.
At no time will spectators be permitted to obstruct both the temporary access channel and the federal navigation channel outside the regulated area. In addition, a Commercial Vessel Spectator Zone is located immediately adjacent to the temporary access channel: only pre-approved commercial passenger vessels will be permitted within this designated on-water spectator zone.
Graduation live stream
Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the graduation and commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2017, Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. This event is not open to the public, the school said.
For those who will not be attending the event, the 2017 Graduation and Commissioning ceremony may be viewed beginning at 8:45 a.m. that day via a livestream.
»Photo courtesy of the Blue Angels