If you're planning on ringing in 2016 by celebrating in downtown Portsmouth, here are some things you NEED to know.

The Portsmouth Police Department has announced changes to traffic and parking during First Night festivities. There are also some other changes you may want to be aware of:

*Church Street will be closed to traffic from noon until midnight.

*Pleasant Street, between State Street and Market Square, will be closed to traffic and parking from 4:00 PM on December 31st until 1:00AM on January 1st, 2016.

*Parking on the entire length of Parrot Avenue is prohibited from noon until 9:00pm on 12/31/15.

*Please note the "No Parking" signs as posted - vehicles parking in posted areas will be towed at the owner's expense.

*Beginning in Market Square, free bus service (Student Transportation) will run between each performance venue.

*There will be a flat rate fee of $5 to park in the Hanover Parking Garage between 4:00 PM and 8:00PM.

*The Free Parking Shuttle from the Connect Community Church public parking lot on Market Street to the High Hanover Parking Garage will be in service for First Night starting at 4pm.

*The fireworks are scheduled for 7:30PM at the South Mill Pond.

*The Dog Park near the South Playground will close at noon.