There are a few things you should know before coming down to the 17th annual Kent Heritage Festival today.
- The ! The Kent fire chief reversed his cancellation order earlier this week. Fireworks typically start after 10 p.m.
- No pets allowed. Only service animals are allowed downtown during the festival. It's going to be nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit anyway, so leave Fido at home in the air conditioning.
- No alcohol in public. No open containers of alcohol are allowed on the streets or sidewalks of downtown. But you can visit any one of Kent's bars and restaurants for a drink during or after the festival.
- Parking. There are very few parking spaces downtown due to the festival itself and recent construction. Your best bet is to park at Rockwell Hall on the Kent State campus and catch a PARTA shuttle down to the event if you have to drive and can't walk.
- Streets will be closed. Several downtown streets, or portions of, will be closed for the festival. Here's the list:
- Water St will be closed between Haymaker Parkway and Brady Street
- Franklin Ave will be closed between West College Ave and West Main Street.
- Main Street will be closed between North Depeyster Street and Gougler Avenue
- College Avenue will be closed
- Erie Street will be closed
- Portage Street will be open. Barricades will be at Water Street.
- Columbus Street will be open. Barricades will be at Water Street.
- Mogadore Road will be closed at 9 p.m. until 10:30. The fireworks will be set off from the old RB&W site on Mogadore Road at about 10 p.m.
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