Here's a rundown of what's Open & Closed in Boston on Monday, July 4th, 2013 and changes to MBTA schedules. Plus parking, street sweeping, trash, recycling and other useful links.
We publish these reminders before a holiday to help you make your plans, and we update the information as more official word is released. Follow us on Twitter to be notified of updates or save this page for future reference.
We suspect that there will be new security measures that will change the way many of us have taken part in the July 4th celebrations. We will update this post with links to those notices as they become available.
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.
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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:
"Thursday July 4, 2013, Delay trash and recycling collection a day only if you live in South Boston, Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury AND your trash and recycling is normally collected on Thursday or Friday.
*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
The MBTA website will change this page to include special July 4th schedule changes right before the holiday. As of our orginal posting date, this has not been updated. Follow us on Twitter to be notified of updates.
MBTA tips for those attending the Esplande Concert and Fireworks:
Where to get on and off:
Fares: Load your Charlie Cards or buy your return fare in advance. With many people who don't normally use the MBTA buying tickets, there will be lines at the fare machines.
Bicycles: the MBTA says, "Bikes are not allowed on any trains on: New Years Eve and 4th of July between 10 AM and 6 PM Inbound and after 4 PM Outbound."
Commuter Rail: If you are counting on the MBTA Commuter Rail to return home after the fireworks be sure to check the time that the last train will leave Boston that evening and leave yourself time to reach your departure point with the holiday crowds.
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