Road Closures

The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - Thursday, October 1, 2020

The annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is a night-time tradition that brings out the entire city and people from all of the surrounding cities and towns to kick off the Halloween season. It is filled with color, pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college age and local business owners.

Grand Opening Parade Route

The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.

City of Salem Announces Planned Road Closures for October (2020)

These road closures are based on prior year's events and are subject to change. Information will be updated and confirmed closer to October 2020. (Last updated February 5, 2020.)

Note that while there are currently road closures planned downtown for Thursday, October 31, 2020 starting no later than 4:00 p.m., there is a high likelihood that some closures will be made on Saturday and/or Sunday October 17 & 8 and Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25, as well.  Any closures or changes will be announced and posted at salem.com and salempd.org. For traffic and road closure notices, visit twitter.com/SalemMAPolice and twitter.com/CityofSalemMA. You do not need a Twitter account to follow these pages; if you do have a Twitter account, you can subscribe to both feeds at @SalemMAPolice and @CityofSalemMA.

October 2020: Planned Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

Oct. 1: Grand Opening Parade: The Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:30 pm at Shetland Office Park on Congress St. The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.

Anticipate traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Rte 1A from Derby St to Brown St will be closed to traffic from 6pm to 9pm. Other road closures are Congress St, Washington St, Essex St from Washington St to Union St, Central St, Front St, and Washington Sq W, N, and S. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route.

No Parking – Tow Zone Areas

            A parking ban will be in effect on 10/1/20 on the following streets between 5 pm and 9 pm. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be towed.

  • Congress Street both sides from Derby Street to Harbor Street.
  • Essex Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Central Street both sides from Charter Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street both sides from Congress Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Front Street both sides from Washington Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Washington Square both sides from Essex Street to Brown Street.
  • Parking meter spaces at the intersection of Charter Street, Front Street, and Central Street.
  • Washington Street between Essex Street and Front Street, metered spaces.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed on 10/1/20 from 6 pm until approximately 9:30 pm.

  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.

Garage Access

  • Vehicles parked in the South Harbor Garage will not be able to exit until approximately 9:00pm. The Museum Place Garage entrance will only be accessible from Church Street or St. Peter St. Vehicles exiting the Museum Place Garage will only be able to take a left onto to Brown Street and a right onto St. Peter St.

October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St and Essex St from Barton Square to Washington St will be closed to through traffic and no on-street parking will be allowed from 6am to 10pm every Saturday and Sunday. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.

Essex St. from Hawthorne Blvd. to New Liberty St. and Essex St. from Barton Square to Washington St. will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking all weekends in October.

October 17: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9 am at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic impacts along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.

October 24: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8 am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic impacts until 10:30 am along the route.  Route: Restaurant Row (Tennis Courts) to Memorial Drive to Szetela Lane to right to Walking Path before Webb Street. Webb to left Andrews crossing Washington Square into the common exiting at Forrester Street. Washington Square East right to Essex Street, left onto Little Hawthorne Blvd. Left on Derby Street to Fort Ave to Winter Island Road. Winter Island back to Columbus Sq.  turning right to Columbus Ave right onto Bay View, a left onto Beach Ave and left on to Sutton, Right onto Bay View Ave, Right onto Willows Access Road. Follow walking path around the backside of the Willows by the yacht club. Exit back on to Restaurant Row. Follow straight up Memorial Drive, Bare Right at Szetela Lane to stay on Memorial Drive, left onto Fort Ave, Left onto Memorial Drive by Soccer Field to finish.

October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night. Visitors are strongly encouraged to take the commuter rail or ferry to get to Salem. Expect major traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4 pm and likely earlier. Road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.

All information above is subject to change. The Salem Police Department will close any street at any time if they determine that a public safety issue exists.

Please note: the MBTA Garage will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Halloween night. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit between these hours.