Thursday, July 5, 2012
Crowds on the Esplanade were temporarily evacuated for fear of rain, but returned to great show.
Although the Boston Pops concert was briefly interrupted as organizers took to the stage tell people to evacuate because of impending rain, the show was back on within an hour and the fireworks started at their planned time. The announcement to leave the open areas of the Esplanade came around 9 p.m. as lightning was advancing on Boston, but no storm came as people waiting in the Storrow tunnel, Hynes Convention Center, Boston Common Garage, MIT buildings and elsewhere. By 10 p.m., revelers got the green light to head back to the river. However, just as Jennifer Hudson began to sing, and the fireworks started, so did the rain. Still, crowds were delighted with the show in spite of a few drops of rain. The mood on the Massachusetts …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Restaurants and supermarkets are open, but libraries and post officers are closed.
Restaurants, bars: Open Convenience stores: Open Supermarkets: Open Retail stores: Open at owners discretion Liquor stores: Open City services (schools, library, post offices):Closed Banks: Check with your financial institution Boston Parking: Meters are free. Be aware of road closures for the July 4th Celebration at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Street Sweeping: Suspended during the day, but nighttime schedules remain in effect. Trash: If your normal trash day is Wednesday, it's delayed one day if you live in South Boston, Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, or West Roxbury. But JP residents, if your trash is picked up twice a week, there's no change.
Did you get some good shots of the fireworks? Video of the Tall Ships? Share them with the community in our photo gallery.
The 4th of July is one of the best days of the year. There's cookouts, parades, contests, activities, and best of all, fireworks! Boston's home to one of the country's greatest Independence Day celebrations at the Hatch Shell. This year, however, you can add to that Harborfest and Tall Ships to your to-do list. Did you snap some photos of the 4th of July action in the North End and rest of Boston? Share the with the community in our photo gallery. Uploading is easy - just click the green "Share Photos and Videos" button, select the photos, and voila! Happy 4th of July to all!
From Boston Pops-backed fireworks to porta-potties, here's all you need to know to plan your Independence Day festivities July 3 and 4.
Jennifer Hudson will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular during the city's 39th annual premier Independence Day celebration. The fun starts Tues, July 3 at 6 p.m., with a concert at 8:30 p.m., followed by more festivities on Wed, July 4 as thousands of people from across the country will flock to the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade for live music, food, and of course, fireworks. The Oval (the area in front of the Hatch Shell) opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday with entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Other performers include Michael Chiklis, Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, and performances from the Broadway hit MAMMA MIA! as the city goes all out with cannons, military plane flyovers, …
MBTA operating on a holiday schedule, and all parking meters are free.
Expect traffic delays and detours in Downtown Boston and the Waterfront due to celebrations of the anniversary of the War of 1812 and Boston’s Hatch Shell Fourth of July Fireworks. Boston will implement the following parking restrictions: “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Monday July 2 through Wednesday, July 4th” “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Wednesday, July 4” The Boston Police may implement closures on city controlled roadways to ensure public safety. Additionally, parking restrictions and road closures on Storrow Drive begin at 7 a.m. on July 4, and on Memorial Drive beginning at 6 p.m. on July 4. For more information on State roadways please visit www.massdot.state.ma.us.