Here's a rundown of what's open and what's closed in Boston on Patriots' Day and the MBTA schedules for - Monday, April 17, 2017. Plus tips and information on getting around Boston, parking, marathon issues, trash pickup, and other aspects of this day in the city.
We will update this post as more of the 2017 information becomes available. Follow us on Twitter where we'll announce updates.
Update 04.10.17- The MBTA has published their 2017 Patriot's Day Schedule. Here's a link to their events page with details below.
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Patriots' Day is a Massachusetts State Holiday Only.
Restaurants, Bars, Convenience Stores, Supermarkets, Retail Stores, Liquor Stores
Financial Services: Banks may open if they wish. All markets are open.
Federal Offices and Facilities are open: This includes the Postal Service.
Massachusetts City, Town, State Operations: This includes Schools, Libraries. Only emergency services are available.
One of the most common questions we get is about street sweeping on Patriots' Day. Here's the page from the city website with the answer. It says:
"On City holidays, we suspend street sweeping during the day, but we still sweep streets at night. On the weekends, we sweep some streets at night. Please always check posted street sweeping signs for information. If you still have questions, please contact 311."
You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply. Many more streets than in the past will be cleared of parked cars to accommodate the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day activities.
Be sure to check your car in the days leading up to the marathon to be certain it is not in a tow-away zone for the event.
Street Closures and Parking Restrictions for Marathon Weekend
The Boston Police have a very helpful page detailing all the things you need to know about street closures and parking restrictions for this weekend. Here's a link to all that information.
Boston Trash Collection
MBTA Marathon Monday Schedule
April 10, 2017, the MBTA has published their Patriots' Day Schedule changes. You can see full details on their events page through April 17th, 2017. If you would like to see a copy after that day, we have made a pdf of the information: Download MBTA 2017 Patriots' Day Service.
- Buy your fares in advance with a Charlie Card or Charlie Ticket to avoid waiting in line on Monday.
- The MBTA advises, "For the safety of our customers, Copley Station will be closed for the entire day on April 17, 2017."
- Due to crowds, they don't allow bikes "on any MBTA vehicles on Patriots' Day."
- Check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information.
Marathon Monday 2017 MBTA Quick Look ...
Blue, Orange, Red, Green, and Silver Line "will operate a regular weekday schedule with rush-hour levels of service before and after the race." (See the MBTA page for special service notes on the Green Line.)
Commuter Rail trains "... will operate a regular weekday schedule with two additional trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line to support additional crowds."
"Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a weekday schedule, unless specifically noted ..."
"Some bus routes will be detoured due to the Marathon and other Patriots' Day race events. The approximate time for most street closures is 8:00 a.m. through 6:30 p.m." (See the MBTA page for special service notes.)
"All Ferry Service will operate a regular weekday schedule."
"THE RIDE will operate a regular weekday schedule."
Complete details on all changes are at: Official MBTA Information for Marathon Monday 2017.
"Customers should note that all MBTA parking garages will be pay-on-entry on Patriots' Day, April 17. Due to heavy parking demand, some MBTA parking garages and lots may fill more quickly than normal. Customers planning to park in an MBTA garage or lot should plan accordingly and allow additional travel time."
Official 2017 Boston Marathon information:
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