July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Information: Roads closed; Parking information; Accessibility; Prohibited items and more
Below are the pedestrian, parking and traffic restrictions that will be in place for the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, as well as other useful information for those planning to attend the event on the Esplanade. this July 4th. Impacts will primarily occur in Boston, with Cambridge directly impacted on July 4, particularly after 4 p.m. All roads will remain closed (unless otherwise noted) until the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) can clear the roads and remove event and production assets.
If you plan to watch the fireworks from the Cambridge side of the Charles River, please note that there will be no sound towers or food concessions this year.
These closures will be updated as needed. Cambridge closures are highlighted.
friday july 1st
From 7 a.m.:
- NO parking on Mugar Way from Arlington Street to Charles Street until 6am July 5th. All remaining vehicles will be removed.
Saturday July 2
From 18h :
- The right lane of westbound Storrow Drive will be closed.
Sunday July 3
From 7 a.m.:
- Esplanade walkway adjacent to the Charles River closed to pedestrians and cyclists from the Community Boat Club area to the front of the concession stand. All pedestrians and cyclists will be directed to the sidewalk adjacent to Storrow Drive until approximately 3 p.m.
From 12 p.m.:
- The right lane of westbound Storrow Drive will be closed.
- The Esplanade sidewalk is reserved for authorized bus parking from the Longfellow Bridge westbound to the Fielder Footbridge.
- Traffic will continue westbound on Storrow Drive.
- There will be no public parking along Storrow Drive for rehearsals or the concert.
(Or a time to be determined by the Incident Commander)
- Storrow Drive will be closed to westbound traffic from Charles Circle to the Bowker Overpass. All westbound traffic will be diverted to Charles Circle. Westbound traffic may re-enter Storrow Drive westbound down Charles Street, to Beacon Street, to the westbound entrance to the Bowker Overpass.
- Mugar Way at Beacon Street closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. It will remain closed until the wee hours of July 5. Pedestrians will be directed to Berkeley Street to access the Esplanade.
- Berkeley Street to Beacon Street closed to vehicular traffic.
- Eastbound Storrow Drive will be closed and rerouted at the Bowker Overpass. It will remain closed until July 5.
- The exit to Arlington Street from the Storrow Tunnel (eastbound) will be closed until 6am on July 5.
monday july 4th
From 9am :
- No parking on Memorial Drive (either side) from #450 Massachusetts Avenue to the Longfellow Bridge. All vehicles remaining after this time will be removed.
- No parking on Cambridge Parkway.
- Access to Storrow Drive westbound from Leverett Circle to Kenmore Square (Bowker Overpass) will be closed to traffic.
- The inbound bus lane on Charles River Dam Road will be closed from Museum Way to Leverett Circle.
- The Storrow Drive exit ramp in the Tip O’Neil Tunnel will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles.
- The westbound Storrow Drive Leverett Circle entrance will be closed. Traffic will be allowed to flow over Msgr. O’Brien Highway to Cambridge and Martha Road to Boston.
- The following Storrow Drive entrance and exit closures will remain in effect from July 3:
- Berkeley Street
- Charlesgate area (eastbound)
- Bowker Overpass from Park Drive and the Fenway
- Charles Street Circle (westbound)
- No parking at Magazine Beach and Magazine Pool, Riverside Boat Club and MWRA (Cottage Farm) Pumphouse. No boat launching in this area.
- The Fanny Appleton pedestrian walkway at Charles Circle leading to the Esplanade is closed.
- The Fiedler footbridge between Beacon Street and the Esplanade is closed.
From 15h :
- No access to Storrow Drive westbound from Kenmore Square (Bowker Overpass).
- No access to westbound Storrow Drive from the Beacon Street on-ramp under the Bowker Overpass.
- Eastbound Storrow Drive will be detoured at University Avenue.
Starting at 16h :
- Memorial Drive in both directions from Massachusetts Avenue to the Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic.
- Main Street, Cambridge from Third Street to Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic.
- Ames Street from Main Street to Memorial Drive, Cambridge, closed to vehicular traffic.
- Wadsworth and Amherst Streets, Cambridge, closed to vehicular traffic.
- Land Boulevard from Binney Street to Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic.
- Hayward, Carlton, Charlotte’s Way and Dock Streets in Cambridge are closed to vehicular traffic.
- Access permitted to 1 Memorial Drive only with an issued permit.
- Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic. Bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed to cross the bridge.
- The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to bicycles and foot traffic from approximately 9 p.m. until the end of the fireworks. No fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge will be permitted.
- The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge (Harvard) is closed to vehicular traffic in both directions from Beacon Street in Boston to Vassar Street in Cambridge. Bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed to cross the bridge.
- The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge (Harvard) will be closed to bicycles and foot traffic from approximately 9 p.m. until the end of the fireworks. No fireworks from the Massachusetts Ave (Harvard) bridge will be permitted.
- Memorial Drive from Massachusetts Avenue to the BU Bridge closed to vehicular traffic. Car access will be permitted for guests traveling to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Hyatt guests will be directed to the Vassar Street closure.
- Vassar Street in Cambridge, from Massachusetts Avenue to Memorial Drive, closed to vehicular traffic. Access will be permitted to Hyatt residents and guests.
- Cambridge Parkway closed to vehicular traffic (except: it will remain open to vehicles with disabled signs/plaques only). All vehicles must be removed from Cambridge Parkway by 1am on July 5.
From 10:30 p.m.:
- The Craigie Bridge near the Science Museum will be closed from approximately 10:30 p.m. July 4 until 1 a.m. July 5 to allow uninterrupted motor vehicle traffic.
- Small boats that can pass under the bridge in the down position will be allowed to pass.
All closures are subject to change at the discretion of the Incident Commander.
Disabled parking – July 4:
- 12:00 p.m.: Mass Eye & Ear LAZ parking lot opens for vehicles displaying handicapped signs/plaques. HP signs/plaques are required to enter the lot. (Entrance to the LAZ parking lot is via Charles Circle.).
- The Mass Eye & Ear LAZ car park will close when the assigned parking area for the Mass Eye & Ear LAZ car park is full, or at 6 p.m., whichever comes first.
- Disabled parking spaces will also be provided on Cambridge Parkway.
- Cleanup begins 30 minutes after the fireworks end.
- All roads will remain closed until cleanup and labor crews are safely removed.
- If possible, we will try to open the roads in the following order:
- Massachusetts Avenue Bridge
- Long Fellow Bridge
- Memorial road
- Storrow Drive, Bowker Overpass, Charlesgate Area, Charles Circle
Viewing fireworks from I-93 is prohibited and dangerous. Soldiers will be assigned (H/H9 Troops, SP Tunnels) to this area to strictly enforce “no stopping”.
Getting to Hatch Shell:
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is held at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Please visit them at mass.gov/dcr or on twitter @MassDCR.
Interested attendees are recommended to take public transportation (MBTA) to the event. If you are bringing a vehicle to the event, there are several public parking lots within walking distance of the Esplanade. The historic Motor Mart Garage (located at 201 Stuart Street) is a short walk from the Esplanade and you’ll avoid the traffic on Charles Street after the fireworks by parking there!
Disabled spectator parking is available at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary on the 4th of July. This lot can be accessed by entering Storrow Drive from Leverett Circle and exiting at the Charles Circle exit ramp. The car park entrance is on the far left of the start of the ramp. A disabled plaque or placard is required to enter the lot. A shuttle, which is offered on July 4th only, will be provided from the designated parking lot at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. The shuttle will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., or until the area is full, and will return all spectators to the grounds when the concert and fireworks are over. MBTA The Ride customers will have priority on the Shuttles; the seats are limited.
On July 4, the Esplanade is accessible from Beacon Street via Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth and Fairfield Streets and Massachusetts Avenue.
ITEMS AUTHORIZED AT THE ESPLANADE
- Pop up tents/awnings without sides – maximum size 10’x10′.
- Blankets or tarps not exceeding 10’x 10′.
- Folding/beach chairs only.
- Coolers, which should be carried over the shoulder or single-handled (no wheeled coolers).
- All personal effects must be carried in transparent bags only.
- After inspection, the small pouches/handbags can be taken to the site with the transparent bag.
PROHIBITED ITEMS ON THE ESPLANADE
- No coolers on wheels.
- No backpacks.
- No guns, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
- No glass containers.
- No cans.
- No pre-mixed drinks.
- All liquids will be transported in sealed clear plastic containers no larger than 2 litres.
- No grills, propane tanks or open flames.
- No alcoholic beverages.
- No bikes will be allowed through checkpoints in the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are permitted throughout the rest of the site but should not be left unattended. Bikes tied or locked to security fences, posts or other structures may be subject to removal. (This measure is enacted for public safety and crowd management in the event that a rapid evacuation becomes necessary at the Esplanade.)
To find the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.bso.org/boston-pops-fireworks-spectacular/know-before-you-go.