The Mandan Police Department shares information regarding parking and traffic flow for Fourth of July activities to help assure safety and alleviate congestion.
· In preparation for the Independence Day Parade, parking the entire length of Main Street will be prohibited after 1 a.m. on July 4. Vehicle parked on Main Street during this time will be ticketed and towed at owner expense. Parking may resume after the parade is over the afternoon of July 4.
· Street festival events begin at 8 a.m. on Main Street. This includes the Mandan Road Race 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., classic car parade at 9:30 a.m., and world’s longest YMCA dance at 10:15.
· The parade route is from Dacotah Centennial Park to Third Street SE and Memorial Highway to Main Street, ending at 10th Avenue NW. The parade leaves Dacotah Centennial Park at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to arrive on Main Street at 11 a.m.
· Traffic in bound from I-94 to Mandan will be from Main Street beginning at 7:45 a.m. from Main Street. Memorial Highway will be closed from Third Street SE to Main Street at 7:45 a.m. If you need to go south of Mandan, please arrange travel plans to do so prior to 7:45 a.m.
· After the parade begins, traffic traveling to the north and south of Mandan will be limited with the possibility of long delays until the parade is over.
· People coming into Mandan for the parade may wish to consider using the Sunset Drive exit 152 in addition to the Main Street exist 155 and Mandan Avenue exit 153. The Main Street exit is usually heavily congested.
· The Mandan Independence Day Parade Committee is providing free busing for spectators from multiple locations in Bismarck and Mandan. You can take chairs on the bus plus any items you pick up. Busing runs continuously from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Simply wait in the bus loading area until the next bus arrives. Bismarck busing sites are the Bismarck State College library parking lot, Bank of North Dakota and the Bismarck Elks Lodge. Busing is also available from the Mandan Middle School located north of I-94 exit 152 on Sunset Drive.
Information about the parade can be found at www.mandanparade.com. The parade chairs are Mandan Progress Organization volunteers Marlo Anderson and Dennis Friesz.
The Mandan Rodeo held at Dacotah Centennial Park concludes with a major fireworks display. When the display is over, the Mandan Police Department will be using some “one-way” traffic patterns to expedite traffic flow.
· Vehicles existing westbound on 24th Avenue SE from the rodeo grounds have these options:
o Westbound ONLY from the intersection of 24th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE
o Northbound on 24th Avenue SE and then westbound ONLY on Memorial Highway
o Eastbound from the intersection of 24th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE to Memorial Highway and then eastbound ONLY on Memorial Highway.
· Vehicles existing eastbound on Redwing Drive from the rodeo grounds will ONLY have the option of going east on Memorial Highway.
· McDonalds is planning to shut down the frontage road that goes east from its parking lot. Do not try to use this area to exit onto Memorial Highway or you may wait for a prolonged period as traffic by on Memorial Highway.