Who says children aren't in charge? Each year on the first Sunday of May, Downtown Portsmouth becomes headquarters for children of all ages with the celebration of Children's Day. An estimated 10,000+ "children" visit Portsmouth to take part in an afternoon of fun on the Seacoast.
This Festival combines family-friendly activities, entertainment and usually, an ice cream sundae – all sponsored, hosted and supported by the Downtown Merchants, area companies, civic organizations and volunteers of the Seacoast. From a cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton to a "photo – op" with a favorite friend from Character Island, the day is filled with something for everyone.
How does it work? Pro Portsmouth creates a map (which you can download here, you'll need a PDF reader) and kids of all ages follow the alphabet 'round town. From A to Z, they can visit shops and restaurants, head to the Block Party on Pleasant and enjoy all sorts of fun activities and entertainment.
The day begins at noon, and wraps up at 4pm. With the exception of closures on Pleasant Street (from State to the Square), the Bank of America parking lot, Market Street spaces from Market Square to the Steamship Co. (North side), and the lot at the intersection of Hanover and Bow/Market, parking is available throughout the Downtown Business District.
Other Public Parking lots include the lot on Woodbury adjacent to the Vaughn Mall, just across the street is the Bridge Street lot and the lot located at the intersection of Parrot and Pleasant.
Parking meters are in effect on Sundays from Noon - 7pm in Portsmouth.