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Road closures, parking restrictions for Civil War 150 weekend events

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from the City of Fredericksburg:

The National Park Service and Civil War re-enactors will commemorate the historic events of the Battle of Fredericksburg with various events Dec. 7 – 15, 2012.

The weekend of Dec. 7-9 features major events such as pontoon crossings, hundreds of “Fire on the Rappahannock” re-enactors battling through the streets of downtown, and living-history demonstrations.

The Culminating Event will occur at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec.9, with a public procession through town–starting at Riverfront Park on Sophia Street and walking on to Hurkamp Park, Maury Stadium and the Sunken Road, with sounds and words of those who were there during the battle.

Visit the Fire on the Rappahannock, and the National Park Service websites for more details on this special sesquicentennial celebration.

Watch for detours/street closures on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 – 5 p.m. from Sophia to Marye Heights. See map below. Travel by shuttle is advised, especially for Saturday events.

Both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a large number of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in downtown for the events. Sounds of artillery and rifle fire will accompany the re-enactments.

Fredericksburg is imposing parking restrictions and plans to close roads to accommodate the many large events planned downtown this weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Here’s what to expect on Saturday, according to the city’s Web site:

Morning Battle 8am-noon

Sophia Street will be closed from the 200 block through the 800 block.

The 200 and 300 block of Caroline Street will be closed.

The 100 blocks of George St, Hanover St, Charlotte St, Lafayette Blvd, and Frederick St will be closed.

Rolling closures on Hanover St from 100 block of Hanover St to Sunken Road and on 800 and 900 blocks of Kenmore Ave between noon and 3 pm as re-enactors proceed to the Battle of Marye’s Heights, at UMW’s Trench Hill.

Afternoon Battle 1pm-5pm

The 800 and 900 blocks of Brompton and Marye Streets will be closed.

The 800 and 900 blocks of Sunken Road will be closed.

The 900 and 1000 blocks of Hanover Street will be closed.

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