Select streets north of Memorial Park will be designated one-way on Friday, June 27, the day of Bank of the West Celebrates America, a free concert and fireworks finale held at the park.
The concert will last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks finale. In its 24th year, the event will feature Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker. The Talbott Brothers from Omaha, who won the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest, will kick off the concert.
To ease traffic flow in the neighborhoods near the park, streets north of Underwood Avenue to Western Avenue from Happy Hollow to 66th Street and streets from Western Avenue north to Hamilton Street from 54th Street to 58th Street will be designated one way between 8 a.m. and the end of the event. Parking will be allowed only on the east side of the streets in this area. This is a safety precaution to ensure that the city’s fire and rescue equipment can get through if necessary.
On the south side of Dodge, there will be no parking on the west side of 53rd, 54th and 55th Streets. There also will be no parking along Happy Hollow between Dodge Street and Underwood Avenue. The Omaha Police Department will be directing traffic along Dodge Street. They ask that motorists stay in their lane during the concert event.
Memorial Park opens at 5 a.m. on Friday, June 27, for those who want to place blankets in advance of the concert. For the safety of those attending the concert, the City of Omaha prohibits the placement of plastic tarps or stakes in the ground at Memorial Park.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will allow people attending the event to use its parking facilities. UNO’s regular lots and the multi-level parking garage will be available after 4 p.m. on that day. Those parking at UNO should use the pedestrian overpass when crossing Dodge Street.