Here's a rundown of what's open and closed in Boston on Columbus Day and changes to MBTA schedules for October 12, 2015. As the information becomes available, we'll also update you on parking, street sweeping, traffic alerts, road closures, parades, and trash collection.
We publish these reminders before each holiday to help our readers make their holiday plans and then feature it on the holiday.
This is one of those holidays when, for a lot of people, it's "business as usual." Even the stock market is open. But, if you have the day off, you might enjoy a visit to Opening Our Doors 2015 in the Fenway Cultural District.
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, Trash, Etc.
Boston Parking: City website says, "Free parking at all city meters. All other rules apply.
Boston Trash Collection:
The city of Boston no longer provides a simple paragraph that explains the trash schedule. Now everyone has to go to this page and put their address in a box to find out when their trash will be picked up during holiday weeks.
Traffic Alerts/Road Closures: More will be added as we are made aware of them:
- Columbus Day Parade - Sunday, October 11th in the North End.
- B.A.A. Half Marathon - Sunday, October 11th from White Stadium in Franklin Park. Here's the official site for that event.
- Tufts 10K - Monday October 12th - Road closures in the Back Bay and Cambridge. Here's the site for details.
MBTA Columbus Day Schedules 2014
The MBTA schedule changes for Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2015 have not been published. You can Download MBTA Columbus Day announcement from LAST YEAR in a pdf form. This may help you with planning for the day
Last year, the system ran pretty much on a weekday schedule.
Remember, the links for details will only work through the holiday, then that page reverts to a generic form.
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
Art from The Fenway Cultural District