Ho Chi Minh City will block several streets in the downtown area this Thursday night during an anticipated fireworks show, one of the main activities to celebrate 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War.
The closure around the city’s iconic tower Bitexco, from which the fireworks will be set off, will start at 8 p.m. and last for two and a half hours.
The no-vehicle zone -- the blue strip on the map -- includes parts of Ham Nghi, Pho Duc Chinh, Nguyen Hue, Dong Khoi, Le Loi, Vo Van Kiet and Ton Duc Thang.
Vehicles can be left at several sidewalk parking lots on Lam Son, Thi Sach, Ham Nghi, Ton That Thiep, at the Central Post Office, Sunwah Tower and at the corner of Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Huu Canh. There are also parking spaces under the Grand Hotel on Dong Khoi, Saigon Center on Le Loi, Kumho and Sofitel Plaza on Le Duan, and Vincom towers.
The city plans to set off fireworks from the top of the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower, its helicopter pad at the 52nd floor, and the 20-story Bitexco Office Building on Nguyen Hue.
Fireworks will also be launched at other historic and entertainment spots in Districts 9, 11, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Can Gio.
The fireworks performances will begin at 9:45 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. as original schedule.
Streets in front of the Independence Palace will also be closed from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night for the main celebration, apart from the scheduled closure between 4 a.m. and noon that day for a big parade.
Road closures on Friday night and Sunday morning for rehearsals of the parade caused severe traffic jams on the alternative routes.