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Traffic advisory for 2019 July Fourth celebration

June 28, 2019

Transportation

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Special events taking place as part of the City of Boston’s annual July Fourth celebration will require street closings and parking restrictions at select locations in Boston. 

We encourage people coming into the City to enjoy the festivities not to drive their personal vehicles. Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found on the Bluebikes website. Public transit information can be found on the MBTA website. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to buy a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket. Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.

The City of Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments may make changes to this plan as necessary.  Please check our homepage for the most up to date July Fourth traffic and parking impacts on local streets in the City.

Roads closed to traffic

In addition to state-owned roadways in the area, due to the concert and fireworks at the Hatch Shell the following local streets in the Back Bay will be closed to traffic:

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, beginning at 3 P.M.
  • Berkeley Street at Beacon Street
Thursday, July 4, 2019, beginning at 6 P.M.
  • Beacon Street, from Charles Street to Massachusetts Avenue, and all streets feeding into Beacon Street
  • 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

Parking will be impacted in the Back Bay as follows:

Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday through Thursday
  • Beacon Street North side (even side), from David Mugar Way to Clarendon Street
Tow Zone No Stopping Wednesday and Thursday
  • 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 Thursday
  • 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

Fourth of July Parade

The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, at City Hall Plaza.  Traffic and parking in the vicinity of Government Center and Downtown will be impacted as follows:

Parade route (starts at 9 a.m.)

Traffic delays should be expected on the following parade route from approximately 9 a.m. through 10:15 a.m. The route:

  • leaves City Hall Plaza
  • turns left onto Cambridge Street
  • continues onto Tremont Street
  • left onto Winter Street
  • left onto Washington Street
  • right onto Court Street, pausing at the Old State House, and
  • then left onto Congress Street, to Faneuil Hall.

During the pause at about 10 a.m., a reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place from the balcony of the Old State House.  We expect that Congress Street, State Street, and Devonshire Street at the Old state House will be closed to traffic while the reading is taking place.

Parking will be impacted as follows:

Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Thursday
  • Cambridge Street, City Hall side, from Court Street to the JFK Federal Building
  • Devonshire Street, both sides, from State Street to Quaker Lane
  • State Street, both sides, from Congress Street to Washington Street