Here’s Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge + Slip Bridge Schedule For July 4th Weekend
With the 4th of July festivities planned for this weekend, there will be a lot of car and foot traffic, both bridges have modified schedules.
According to a press release from the City Of Duluth, on July 2nd and 3rd, the Aerial Lift Bridge will be on the same schedule opening at certain times for the Vista cruises and the general public. The Aerial Lift Bridge will continue to open at request for vessels over 300 gross tons; Federal, state, and local government vessels; vessels in distress; commercial vessels engaged in rescue or emergency salvage operations; vessels engaged in pilot duties; and vessels seeking shelter from severe weather.
On Monday, July 4th, it's a different story, the Aerial Lift Bridge will stay down from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Any boat that can fit under the bridge is welcome to go ahead and do that, but if you are in a sailboat or other boat that can't clear the bridge, you have to go down to Wisconsin Point and enter that way or make plans to be under the bridge before the closing hours.
The Minnesota Slip Pedestrian Bridge, which some people call the "Blue Bridge" will also be on regular hours on July 2nd and 3rd, but will stay down from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm on Monday, July 4th. That is the case for pedestrian travelers or people wanting to dock their boats at that inlet.
The chances of you getting "Bridged" always increase during summer because pedestrian and motor traffic increase with people wanting to enjoy Park Point and drive to the end and use the beach house or recreation areas.
According to goduluthmn.com, the bridge averages 26 lifts a day during the Summer months. Decades ago, pedestrians were able to ride on the bridge when it was raised, which my late Grandpa once did. Because of an accident that claimed the life of a woman when she was crushed, riding became a liability concern and now does not allow anyone to be on.
Here's a link to a Canal Camera to watch the boats that come through.
Here's a great drone view of the Aerial Lift Bridge and the area around it.