Here's a rundown of what's Open & Closed in Boston on July 4th, 2014 and changes to MBTA schedules. Plus ... parking, street sweeping, trash, recycling and other useful links. This year, July 4th is on a Friday making this a long holiday weekend.
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07/04/14 Happy July 4th. We have removed all the updates concerning last night's concert and fireworks. Here's what you need to know today including a new, updated MBTA schedule.
Restaurants, bars: Open- Here's a great list from Eater Boston of the restaurant who are 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: 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.
Street Sweeping: The City says, "Daytime street sweeping is suspended on city holidays, but nighttime sweeping schedules remain in effect. Constituents are advised to call 617-635-4500 for exact details."
Boston Trash: from the City Site:
"Independence Day Week Friday, July 4 | 6am – Saturday, July 5, 2014 | 5pm
Delay trash and recycling pick up a day ONLY if you live in Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury, South Boston AND your trash and recycling is normally collected on Friday.
No Delay of trash or recycling collection in Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Fenway, Leather District, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, and the South End.
*If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay."
Here are some of our related posts about July 4th, the Charles RIver, and the Esplanade ...
MBTA Schedule Changes Have been updated for today.
Update: 07/04/14 8:00 am: Subways are running on a Sunday schedule "and will run until approximately 2:30 a.m. due to extended late-night service, as Fourth of July is on a Friday." Commuter rail is running on a Saturday schedule, and most buses are running on a Sunday schedule with a few not running at all.
The MBTA website has a new July 4rd schedule posted on their events page for a period of time before and through the holiday. Follow us on Twitter to be notified of updates.
You can download a pdf of this information: Download MBTA July 4th update
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