Here's a run-down of what's open and closed in Boston on Columbus Day and changes to MBTA schedules for October 8, 2012.
Update: Here's the link to the 2015 version of this information.
We've also added information on parking, street sweeping, traffic alerts, road closures, parades, and trash collection.
This is one of those holidays when, for a lot of people, it's "business as usual." Even the stock market is open.
We publish these reminders before each holiday to help our readers make their holiday plans.
Restaurants, bars: Open
Convenience stores: Open
Retail stores: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
Liquor stores: Open
City, Town, State and Federal offices and facilities are closed: This includes Schools, Libraries, and the Postal Service (express mail will be delivered). Only emergency services are available.
Financial Services: As the British would say, this is a Bank Holiday with most Banks closed. But, each year more banks decide to keep a few branches open. Check with your own bank.
Stock market: Open as are international markets.
Boston Parking: City website says, "Free parking at all city meters. All other rules apply.
Boston Trash Collection: From this page on the city site.
"Monday, October 8 | 7am – Saturday, October 13, 2012 | 5pm
Delay trash and recycling pickup 1 day only if you live in Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury.
*If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay."
Traffic Alerts/Road closures: More will be added as we are made aware of them.
- Columbus Day Parade - Sunday October 7th in East Boston here are the details that we could find.
- BAA Half Marathon - Sunday October 7th from White Stadium in Franklin Park. Here's the official site for that event.
- DCR Memorial Drive Road Closure Western Ave to Mt Auburn Street - Sunday October 7th. Here's the link.
- Tufts 10 K - Monday October 8th - Road closures in the Back Bay and Cambridge. Here's the site for details.
MBTA Columbus Day Schedules 2012
The MBTA has announced schedules for Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2012. The service schedules vary from Saturday, to modified Saturday, and regular weekday, to modified weekday. Full Details Here!
For additional information on routes, schedules, and fares, contact the MBTA at (617) 222-3200, TTY 617-222-5146, or visit them at: www.mbta.com.
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2012 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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