If You’re Going to the Esplanade for the Fourth of July Fireworks Show, Here is the List of Things to Bring and Not to Bring

To ensure the safety of all visitors to the Esplanade, the following rules will be in play and enforced for both the rehearsal concert on Sunday, July 3 and the real deal concert & fireworks show the following evening on Monday, July 4, 2016.

What You Can NOT Bring:

  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks.
  • No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
  • No glass containers.
  • No cans.
  • No pre-mixed beverages.
  • All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size.
  • No grilling, propane tanks or open flames.
  • No Alcoholic beverages.
  • No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue but must not be left unattended.
  • No one entering the venue will be allowed to bring an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as a “drone,” onto the premises.

What You CAN Bring:

  • Pop up Tents/Canopies with no sides - maximum size 10’ x10’ for July 4th only; NO Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3rd.
  • Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10’ x 10’.
  • Folding/Beach Chairs only.
  • Coolers, which must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheeled coolers).
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only.
  • After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

BPD TRAFFIC ADVISORY: July 4th 2016 Celebration in Boston

Special events taking place as part of the City of Boston’s annual July 4th celebration will require that vehicle traffic is prohibited and parking is restricted on select local streets in Boston. People coming into the city to enjoy the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles. Information on Hubway, the regional bike-share service, may be found at www.thehubway.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com. Please see http://www.july4th.org/Celebrate_on_the_Esplanade/Road_Closures for information on state owned roads in and around Boston that will be impacted due to the festivities on the Esplanade.

July 3rd, 2016

LOCAL STREETS CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AT 3:00 PM

  • Berkeley Street at Beacon Street

July 4th, 2016

LOCAL STREETS CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AT 6:00 PM

  • Beacon Street, from Charles Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Berkeley Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Dartmouth Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Fairfield Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Hereford Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street

In addition, the City of Boston’s annual Independence Day Parade will begin at City Hall Plaza at 9:00 AM. An estimated 500 marchers will proceed left onto Cambridge Street, continue onto Tremont Street, left onto Bromfield Street, left onto Washington Street, right onto Court Street, pausing at the Old State House, left onto Congress Street to Faneuil Hall. Traffic will be delayed briefly on streets along the route as the parade progresses along the route.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Tow Zone, No Stopping: Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4

  • Beacon Street, even side, from Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street

Tow Zone, No Stopping: Sunday, July 3 through Monday, July 4

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Commonwealth Avenue 
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Marlborough Street to Back Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Marlborough Street to Back Street
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Marlborough Street to Back Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, from Marlborough Street to Back Street
  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Back Street, both sides, from Dartmouth Street to David G. Mugar Way
  • Chestnut Street, both sides, from David G. Mugar Way to Brimmer Street
  • Mount Vernon Street, both sides, from David G Mugar Way to Brimmer Street
  • Pinckney Street, both sides, from David G. Mugar Way to Brimmer Street
  • Revere Street, both sides, from David G. Mugar Way to Charles Street

Tow Zone, No Stopping: Monday, July 4

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to St. James Avenue
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Marlborough Street to Boylston Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Marlborough Street
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Marlborough Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Marlborough Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
  • Hereford Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
  • Massachusetts Avenue, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Dartmouth Street to Charlesgate East
  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street