Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on Veterans Day, information on Boston trash collection, parking meters, and MBTA schedules. This resource page has been updated for this year, Friday, November 11, 2016.
(Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) Photo created: 1877 - 1900 (approximate)
This year November 11th falls on a Friday giving a few lucky folks a long weekend.
We publish these reminders before each holiday to help you make the most of your time off!
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 we are noticing that some banks are keeping some branches open, so check with your own institution.
Stock market: Open, as are international markets.
Boston Parking: The City says, "... on Sundays and City holidays ... You can park for free, but all other parking regulations are still enforced."
Street Sweeping: The City says, "On City holidays, we suspend street sweeping during the day, but we still sweep streets at night."
Boston Trash Collection:
The city has changed the way it publishes the schedule for holidays so that you now have to go to the city site and look up your specific address in order to get information.
MBTA Veterans Day 2016 Schedule:
(Updated 11.03.16) - The system will operate on a Weekday Schedule. You will find Complete Details Here. (But only for a few days before and after the holiday.)
For additional information on routes, schedules, fares, and more, the MBTA says, "Please call www.mbta.com.for support, or for our Deaf or Hard of Hearing: customers TTY (617) 222-5146 ..." or contact them at
And if you have to work: Holiday Pay Information for Retail Establishments from the Secretary of State.
"Retail establishments which operate on New Year's Day, Columbus Day after 12:00 p.m., or on November 11th after 1:00 p.m. are required to pay their employees time and one-half regardless of the number of employees on their payroll."
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. Used under creative commons license