Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on New Year's Day and the MBTA schedules for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2016 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2017 and Monday, January 2nd, since that is the official day when the holiday is celebrated for businesses.
This page will be our permanent resource of New Year's information and we will update it in future years.
What's closed? Do I have to feed the parking meters? What about street sweeping? Are the liquor stores and packies open? When do I put out my trash? And what changes are there to the MBTA schedules? We have the answers for you, all organized in one post!
Some businesses close early on New Year's Eve but others, especially those in the hospitality business, remain open. Call before you leave if you plan to visit a business on the 31st.
Here's what we've learned about January 1st, 2017 - New Year's Day
Restaurants, bars: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
Convenience stores: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
Supermarkets: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
Retail stores: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
Liquor stores: Are allowed to open if the owners choose
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.
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Financial Services: As the British would say, this is a Bank Holiday with both Banks and the stock markets in the United State closed. Some international markets are open.
Boston Parking: You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply.
Boston Trash Collection:
Boston Trash Collection for Christmas
The city has changed the way it publishes the schedule for holidays so that you now have to go to the city site and look up your specific address in order to get information.
MBTA Schedule Changes for New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2017; and Monday, January 2, 2017
The MBTA has full information on their events page. (If you are coming to this post after the holiday, that page will have changed.)
We've created a PDF of the MBTA Holiday Schedule: Download 2016 MBTA Christmas & New Years Schedule
- The Red, Orange, Blue, and Green lines will run on a modified Saturday schedule with additional trains operating at rush-hour levels of service throughout the evening from 3 p.m. until approximately 2 a.m.
- The Siver Line will run on a Saturday schedule.
- The Commuter Rail will run on a modified Saturday schedule with additional service provided - the last trains out are listed here. Also check that link for restrictions on bicycles on commuter rail on the 31st.
- Buses and trackless trolleys will run on a regular Saturday schedule which means some routes will not operate.
- Charlestown Boat Service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Hull and Hingham Service will not operate.
- The Ride will operate on a regular Saturday schedule with extended hours until 2:00 a.m.
- The Red, Orange, Blue, Green, and Silver lines will run on a Sunday Schedule.
- Some Commuter Rail lines will run on a Sunday schedule which means the Needham line will not operate.
- Buses will run on a Sunday schedule with a long list of buses not operating. Check those here.
- Charlestown, Hull, and Hingham Boat Service will not operate (Sunday, January 1, 2017).
- Charlestown Boat Service will operate on a Saturday schedule (Monday, January 2, 2017). Hull and Hingham Service will not operate.
- The RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
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