Naval Station Newport hosts its annual Salute To Summer event on Saturday, Aug. 28. See below for details about how to access the base properly and safely to enjoy the festivities.
Naval Station Newport
Newport, Rhode Island 02841-1512
Bruce Katz, Public Affairs Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #7 August 18, 2021
NAVY ANNOUNCES PUBLIC ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR SALUTE TO SUMMER CONCERT AND FIREWORKS EVENT
Naval Station Newport, RI. – Naval Station Newport has announced its traffic management plan for its August 28 Salute to Summer public event.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, Gate 1 at Training Station Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic beginning at 3:30 p.m. to prepare for public pedestrian traffic and entry to the installation. When Gate 1 closes, all vehicle traffic will be prevented from entering Training Station Road at the intersection of Third Street as a safety precaution for the large volume of foot traffic headed to the installation. The public will be accessing the installation through a pedestrian walkway and entry alongside the Naval Station Marina at Training Station Road.
Guest parking will be permitted at the Navy Medical Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) New England compound located on Third Street in Newport. Vehicles can enter NMRTC Gate 7 located there beginning at 3:30 p.m. Guests will then walk to the installation through NMRTC Gate 10 at Training Station Road to enter the event. Shuttles will be available to transport handicapped individuals from NMRTC to the Training Station Road entry control point. Guests will enter a security inspection and check point area before gaining access to the installation. Guests over the age of 16 must be prepared to present a picture I.D. for entry to the base. Minor children without an ID card must be escorted by an adult.
Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks and drink concessions will be available for guest purchases. Coolers, outside food or drink, pets, glass bottles, banners or signs of any type, fireworks, firearms and other weapons, defensive sprays (pepper spray) or chemicals, illegal drugs or paraphernalia, and drones will not be allowed on base. Strollers and small bags such as diaper bags, small backpacks or handbags will be permitted; however, they will be subject to search.
The installation continues to monitor current and emerging data on the coronavirus pandemic. New information may cause the partial or complete cancelation of the event based on federal, state and local guidance for mitigating the spread of COVID.