40th annual Memphis in May International Festival will begin on
April 29, 2016 in Tom Lee Park. In preparation for the festival, staff,
volunteers and vendors will begin moving into Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis
during the upcoming weeks. Historically, Memphis in May has aimed to minimize traffic
disruption by requesting only partial closures of Riverside Drive. This year,
due to the City’s ongoing construction and maintenance issues – Riverside Drive
will be fully closed from April 23 through May 30.
“Keeping Riverside Drive as open as possible during this time is a priority, as
we recognize the importance of this roadway,” says James L. Holt, President
& CEO of Memphis in May. “However, the safety of workers, festival goers
and vehicular traffic is paramount and the road closures we are seeking are
both as brief and as thorough as needed to ensure public safety.”
Each year Memphis in May schedules work so that
Riverside Drive is partially open for 20 days during the festival cycle and
limits complete street closure days to no more than 15. Due to the ongoing
construction being performed by the City, this will not be the case in 2016.
2016 MEMPHIS IN MAY ADDITIONAL STREET CLOSURE DATES
from Front Street to Main Street
11 from 2:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.
During the Festival event days, Beale Street from
Wagner Place to Front Street and Wagner Place from Beale Street to Linden
Avenue will close for the safety of pedestrians and visitors to the events.
Additional short term
street closures for the inaugural Great American River Run on May 28th
will be announced early next month.
For additional information about any aspect of the Memphis in May
International Festival, please call the Memphis in May media office at 901-525-4611.