Here's a rundown of what's Open & Closed in Boston on July 4th, 2016 and changes to MBTA schedules. Plus: parking, street sweeping, trash, recycling, and other useful links.
This year July 4th falls on a Monday making this a 3-day weekend.
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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: 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 both banks and the stock markets in the United States closed. Some international markets are open. Also, some banks may open certain branch offices – often those inside supermarkets. Check with your own financial institution for details.
Boston Parking: Sunday Parking rules apply. You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply. There will be some temporary parking restrictions and some street closures in the areas surrounding the Charles River Esplanade on July 4th. We'll add updates as they are published.
Towed Cars: The City says, "If you believe your vehicle was towed in Boston, then call either the Boston Police Tow Line at 617-343-4629 or the Boston Tow Lot at 617-635-3900 to locate the vehicle, or search the online towing database by license plate" at the City's Towed Car page.
Boston Trash: You now have to type in your specific address into this page on the city site to see what is happening with holidays in your neighborhood.
Fireworks from a Back Bay roof deck
Update 06./30/16 from the Massachusetts State Police
The following documents contain important information regarding this year’s July 3rd and 4th Fireworks Show and Concert on the Esplanade in Boston. Open the documents to view information about prohibited items, road closures and traffic restrictions, pedestrian access points into the Esplanade, boating restrictions and guidelines, Text-A-Tip line for reporting suspicious activity, and UAV (Drone) Prohibition.
For more information on these and other guidelines, please view the accompanying documents.
- 2016 Access Points
2016 Boating Guidelines
2016 Prohibited Items
2016 Road Closures
2016 UAV Prohibition "
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MBTA Service Schedule for Monday, July 4th, 2016:
The MBTA website has July 4th schedule information posted on their events page through the holiday. "Fares will not be collected after 9:30 p.m."
Subways and the Silver Line will "... operate a Sunday schedule with rush-hour levels of service beginning at 2 p.m. to accommodate holiday ridership."
The Commuter Rail will run on a Saturday schedule. The last trains to leave Boston are on the MBTA Events Page and in the download below. Before using the Commuter Rail, check the most recent schedules.
Buses and trackless trolleys will run on a Sunday schedule. This means some buses will not operate.
Boats will run on a Saturday schedule except the Charlestown service which will operate on a Weekend schedule.
The Ride will run on a regular Saturday Schedule.
You can download a pdf copy of the schedule details here:
MBTA tips for those attending the Esplanade Concert and Fireworks:
"Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from Fourth of July events and advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information during the holiday.
As a reminder, bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines for the entire day on the Fourth of July. Bicycles are also prohibited on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on outbound trains after 4 p.m.
Beginning at 2 p.m., subway service on all lines will operate at rush-hour levels to accommodate increased holiday ridership. Fares will not be collected after 9:30 p.m."
"Customers should also note that all MBTA parking garages and lots will operate as usual on the Fourth of July. In order to ensure all customers exit in a timely manner, extra staff will be on hand to assist customers with parking payment. 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."
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