Here's a rundown of what's open and what's closed in Boston on Patriots' Day, and the MBTA schedules for - Monday, April 21, 2014. Plus, tips and information on getting around Boston, parking, marathon issues, trash pickup, and other aspects of this day in the city.
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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:
"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."
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 sure it is not in a tow-away zone for the event. Here's how you can sign up for parking alerts and tow alerts.
PARKING ADVISORY AND STEET CLOSING SCHEDULE
From the city's site: Download City of Boston Traffic and Parking Advisory Boston Marathon (2014).
Here's our latest post with tips for local parking on this holiday–
Boston Trash Collection (Click here for what the city says)
“Patriots Day Week
Monday, April 21 | 6am – Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 5pm
No Delay of trash or recycling pick up in Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Fenway, Leather District, Mission Hill, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, and the South End
Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park, delayed a day
*If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay.”
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Note: 2014 MBTA Marathon Monday Info is at this link.
2014 MBTA Marathon Monday Schedule:
You can see full details on their events page through April 21st. If you would like to see a copy after that day, we have made a pdf of the information: Download MBTA Patriots' Day, Boston Marathon 2014.
- 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 and Arlington Stations will be CLOSED for the entire day on April 21, 2014."
- Due to crowds, they don't allow bikes "on any MBTA vehicles on Patriots' Day."
Marathon Monday 2014 Quick Look
Blue, Orange, Red, Green, and Silver Line service will run a "regular weekday schedule." (See the MBTA page for special service notes on the Silver and Green Lines.)
Commuter rail trains will operate on their "regular weekday schedule."
"Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a "regular weekday schedule." "Some bus routes will be diverted ..." (See the MBTA page for special service notes.)
Commuter Boats 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 2014
"Customers should also note that all MBTA parking garages will be pay-on-entry and cash-only on Patriots' Day, April 21, 2014, in order to ensure all customers exit in a timely manner. 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."
Official 2014 Boston Marathon information:
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