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Naval Academy Commissioning Week

Navigating Annapolis During Naval Academy Commissioning Week

Navigating Annapolis During Naval Academy Commissioning Week

The United States Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week activities run from May 21 to 26, 2023. The graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Class of 2023 take place on Friday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard.

For a full listing of events and activities, visit

In the days before the graduation and commissioning ceremony, City residents and visitors should expect heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking limitations, maritime traffic restrictions and increased security in downtown.

Hours and restrictions for vehicular and pedestrian access to the U.S. Naval Academy during Commissioning Week will be posted on the Commissioning Week website; the outdoor graduation ceremony is limited to invited Naval Academy and Class of 2023 guests and authorized personnel only.

PARKING: The best option for getting onto the yard is to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take the free shuttle to enter through the Visitor Center at Gate One. With the closure of the downtown Hillman Garage for a rebuild, the closest parking garage options are: Gott’s, Knighton and Park Place. For more information on parking and navigating downtown, visit:

HEAVY TRAFFIC: Make a plan to accommodate the increase in cars and pedestrian traffic as much as possible. Allow yourself plenty of extra time and please be courteous to out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with City streets. Download the “Prepare Me Annapolis” mobile app (Apple/Android) to receive local traffic alerts.

On Friday, May 26, traffic around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Blvd. will be heavy until approximately 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 23, the Route 450 (Naval Academy) bridge will be closed between 10:45 a.m. until approximately 3:45 p.m. for the Blue Angels flyover rehearsal. The bridge will close again on Wednesday, May 24 at approximately 1:45 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. for the Blue Angels flight demonstration.

DOWNTOWN PARKING LIMITATIONS: Expect parking to be limited throughout the week. Visit to reserve garage parking at Gott’s Garage in advance. Please note that there will be strict enforcement of metered parking, two-hour limited spaces, Residential Permit Zones and red zones. Visitors are strongly encouraged to park at Knighton (Corner of Colonial Avenue and West Street) and Park Place (Just off of West Street and Spa Road) garages and take the free downtown shuttle.

On Friday, May 26, 2023, there will be no state employee parking at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Lot. The parking lot will be reserved for graduation attendees. City and state employees who normally park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium should relocate to the Calvert Street Garage.

INCREASED SECURITY: All residents and visitors should remain aware of their surroundings. Please identify suspicious personnel, packages or behavior to local authorities. If you see something, say something. Dial 9-1-1 for emergency response. For non-emergency inquiries or questions, contact the Annapolis Call Center at 410-260-2211.

MARITIME TRAFFIC: Boaters must pay close attention to markers that delineate exclusionary zones and temporary channels (marked by red and green buoys). Please look for public safety boats and follow instructions promptly. The Annapolis Harbormaster operates on VHF 17. The area of Spa Creek and the Severn River will be patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Annapolis Harbormaster, Annapolis Police and Annapolis Fire Rescue boats. For complete information on maritime traffic rules and procedures, visit:


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