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What you need to know about President Trump's Battle Creek rally

Posted at 5:22 AM, Dec 18, 2019

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — President Trump’s “Merry Christmas Rally” is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on December 18 at Kellogg Arena in downtown Battle Creek.

Because of the large crowd expected for the event, and several roads and parking areas will be closed due to security needs for Trump and Vice President Pence.

For an interactive public parking map, click here.

Please note the map key: some parking lots are available all day, some are available after 3 p.m. (when school is out), and some are available after 5 p.m. Anyone who parks in a restricted area, or otherwise parks illegally, may be towed. Camping is prohibited.

The city will not provide shuttles from these parking lots, and they are first come, first served. However, for the lot at Kellogg Community College, regular Battle Creek Transit bus service will be available to get downtown. Take the 2E Emmett-East bus, which offers hourly service. The final bus will leave KCC at around 5:50 p.m., and arrives at the downtown transfer center on McCamly Street, next to the Post Office, and near Kellogg Arena.

Please note the final service time. If you park at KCC and ride the bus downtown to attend the rally, you must find another way back to the parking lot afterward.

Parking for rally attendees who have a handicapped placard or license plate will be at the former Kmart at Capital Avenue SW and Dickman Road (also on the interactive map). Please enter via Capital Avenue and watch for signs and attendants.

Battle Creek Transit will provide shuttle service for these attendees, from the parking lot to Kellogg Arena, starting at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Transit will provide return shuttle service back to the parking lot.

The arena and campaign are working on outdoor placement of heaters and portable toilets in the Festival Market Square area. They also expect at least one food truck to operate in this area on Wednesday.

Rally attendees will be subject to a security screening. The following items are not allowed in the arena:
Aerosols and spray containers
Alcoholic beverages
Animals other than service/guide animals
Backpacks, bags, roller bags, suitcases, and other bags larger than 12”x14”x5”
Balloons and balls
Banners, signs, and placards, and supports for signs/placards
Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
Explosives of any kind, including fireworks
Glass, thermal, and metal containers
Laser lights and laser pointers
Mace and/or pepper spray
Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, drums, bullhorns, etc.
Poles, sticks, and selfie sticks
Recreational motorized mobility devices
Tents and similar structures
Toy guns
Weapons of any kind, including firearms
Any other item that may pose a threat to the security of the event, as determined by, and at the discretion of the security screeners