MANCHESTER — When the President comes to town, regular traffic comes to a stop, but a concert series will go on.
Downtown street closures in preparation for President Trump’s campaign rally tonight at the SNHU Arena are scheduled to start at 2 p.m., according to Manchester police.
But Intown Manchester’s three-day Old Sol Music Festival will begin as planned at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, a block away from the arena, organizers said.
Traffic & parking
Starting at 2 p.m., Elm Street and Chestnut Street will be closed between Central Street and Auburn Street. Elm Street open only to local traffic from Auburn to Valley Street.
Lake Street will be closed from Pine Street to Elm Street, and Granite Street will be closed from Elm Street to Canal Street.
Other streets will be closed as the President’s motorcade nears the arena, and when he returns to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
There will be no parking on any of the closed streets, police spokeswoman Heather Hamel said in a news release.
The thousands of people expected to attend the campaign rally will have to find parking in downtown Manchester—Hamel said there will be no designated parking lots or ramps reserved for the event, except for a section of handicap parking on Old Granite Street.
The traffic and road closures — and the expected demonstrations for and against the President — will not deter three other events scheduled for this evening.
Intown Manchester is going ahead with three events, according to the organization’s Facebook page. The weekly farmer’s market and fitness classes will be held in Stanton Park, about a half mile from the arena.
And the first concert of the three-day Old Sol Music Festival will also go on as planned in Veterans Memorial Park, beginning at 7 p.m.
Matt Wilhelm, the festival’s organizer and a state representative, said he hopes the concert will be a safe, positive and nonpartisan event.
“We’re going to be sharing downtown with people who are there for different reasons,” Wilhelm said.
“We think it can be a positive community celebration.”