Philadelphia

Jay Z’s Concert on the Parkway – Made in America Festival Traffic Alerts, Street Closures ie basically stay away from the Parkway btwn 8/30 & 9/4

Labor
Day Weekend will mark the first time in Philadelphia history that the
Parkway will host a large scale ticketed and gated event, the Made in
America Festival. The Festival is scheduled for September 1st
and 2nd with setup having started this week. 

Planners
have announced that the performances will begin at 2pm and end by
11pm each day of the event. A double fence system will be used to
keep individuals without tickets outside of the festival area, which
stretches from the Art Museum to 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
to Park Town Place.
Philadelphia Police beacons will be setup between City Hall and Logan Circle
as well as a presence of Police and private security along the
perimeter of the festival. 

(Live 8 was held here too, the City did an amazing job on the organization of that event. I live right there, I know.)

Pink means road closed, blue means no parking.

In
addition, a number of street closures will be in effect including 22nd,
23rd, 24th, and 25th Streets from Pennsylvania
to Fairmount Avenues as well as Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street
from 20th to 25th Streets. Residents who live
along the closed streets will need to show ID in order to enter those
streets by vehicle.

Thursday, Aug. 30:

•6 a.m.-10 a.m.-All center lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed until Monday, September 3.

•2:30 p.m.-6:30-The Benjamin Franklin Parkway outer lanes will be open for access to Kelly and Martin Luther King drives.

Friday, Aug. 31:

•6 a.m.-10 a.m.-Traffic will continue on MLK Drive to the outer lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and to Interstate-676.

•Kelly Drive will be diverted at Fairmount Avenue.

•After
10 a.m., the eastbound outer drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
will be closed to vehicular traffic, from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

•2:30
p.m.-6:30 p.m.-The westbound outer drive of the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway will be open to traffic and will lead to Kelly and Martin Luther
King drives

•At 6:30 p.m., the entire event area will be closed to vehicle traffic until Monday , September 3.

Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2:

Concert
performances begin at 2 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m. both days. Beginning at 6
a.m., roads in the area of the event will be closed to non-resident
traffic, including:

•21st street between Arch and Spring Garden

•22nd Street between Arch and Fairmount

•23rd Street between Parkway and Fairmount

•24th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania

•25th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania

•Spring Garden between 20th and 31st Streets (including Spring Garden Street tunnel)

•Kelly Drive from 23rd Street to Fairmount

•Martin Luther King Drive from Falls Bridge to the Parkway

•Pennsylvania Avenue from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue

•Pennsylvania Avenue closed, from 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave./Callowhill Street, west of Whole Food lot

•Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street

While
the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and intersections adjacent to the
festival perimeter will remain closed, including 21st and 22nd streets
at the Parkway, intersections beyond the immediate festival area are
expected to open to traffic after midnight

Traffic patterns are expected to return to normal late Monday night or
early Tuesday morning, in time for Tuesday morning rush hour between 6
a.m. and 10 a.m.

SEPTA and NJTransit will operate under normal
weekend schedules. Festival ticket-holders and others planning to visit
the parkway are urged to use public transportation to get in and out of
Center City during the festival weekend, due to the road closures.

The
Mayor’s Office also says the city will provide a heavy police presence
during the concert. Three Philadelphia Police beacons will be positioned
outside the festival showing where officers are deployed to assist
festival goers. The beacons will be on the northeast corner of 17th
Street and the Parkway, the southeast corner of 18th and the Parkway and
the western entrance to Logan Circle between 19th and 20th Streets.

For a schedule of setup and street closures, click
here.

Access
to the event is only available to festival ticket holders. Tickets for
both days are still available. You can purchase them through
Ticketmaster or Live Nation. Proceeds from the concert will benefit
local United Way organizations.

For more information on the festival, visit the Made in America website.