Boston Fireworks Parking and Transportation Information


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Here’s all the information you need if you’re going to the fireworks or traveling around Boston or Cambridge over the 4th of July weekend.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. Globe Staff/Matthew J. Lee

  • The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022 will take place on July 4 at 8 p.m.

    All about the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022

There’s nothing quite like the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July. But getting there and driving around Boston and Cambridge during the celebration can be a hassle.

The concert itself will take place at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade beginning at 8 p.m. on July 4. It will end with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. which will continue until 11 p.m.

Below you will find information on parking and getting to the show. You can find more information about the concert itself here.

Where to park

Parking Information:

It is recommended that people use public transit to get to the event. If you choose to drive, there are several public car parks 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 traffic on Charles Street after the show by parking there.

ADA Accessible Parking:

Parking for disabled spectators is available on the grounds of the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary beginning at noon July 4th. A handicap plaque or placard is required to enter the grounds.

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 bring all spectators back to the field when the fireworks end.

Recall: Do not attempt to watch the fireworks from your car on the Mass Pike. It is illegal and dangerous. Massachusetts State Troopers will be stationed there to enforce this rule.

What you can and cannot bring

Authorized items:

  • Pop up tents/awnings without sides – maximum size 10’x10′.
  • Blankets or tarps not exceeding 10’x 10′.
  • Folding/beach chairs.
  • 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 objects

  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks.
  • No guns, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
  • No glass containers.
  • No cans.
  • No pre-mixed drinks.
  • All liquids must be 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.

Roads closed on weekends

friday july 1st
From 7:00 a.m.:

  • Parking is prohibited on Mugar Way from Arlington Street to Charles Street until 6 a.m. on July 5. 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 7:00 a.m.:

  • The Esplanade walkway next to the Charles River will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from the Community Boat Club to the front of the concession stand. All pedestrians and cyclists will be directed to the sidewalk off Storrow Drive until approximately 3 p.m.

From 12 p.m.:

  • The right lane of westbound Storrow Drive will be closed.
  • Parking at the edge of the Esplanade will be reserved for authorized buses from the westbound Longfellow Bridge to the Fiedler Footbridge.
  • There will be no public parking along Storrow Drive during concert rehearsals or the concert.

From 15h :

  • 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 will be closed to traffic. The intersection will remain closed until the early morning hours of July 5. Pedestrians will be directed to Berkeley Street to access the Esplanade.
  • Berkeley Street to Beacon Street will be closed to cars.
  • Eastbound Storrow Drive will be closed and rerouted at the Bowker Overpass and will remain closed until July 5.
  • The exit to Arlington Street from the eastbound Storrow Tunnel will be closed until 6 a.m. on July 5.

monday july 4th
From 9am :

  • No parking on Memorial Drive on either side of 450 Mass. Ave. to 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 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 on-ramp and off-ramp closures will remain in effect as of July 3:

  • Berkeley Street
  • Eastbound Charlesgate area
  • Bowker Overpass from Park Drive and the Fenway
  • Charles Street Circle looking west
  • No parking at Magazine Beach and Magazine Pool, Riverside Boat Club and MWRA Pumphouse. No boat launching in this area.
  • The Fanny Appleton pedestrian walkway at Charles Circle leading to the Esplanade will be closed.
  • The Fiedler footbridge between Beacon Street and the Esplanade will be closed.

From 15h :

  • No access to Storrow Drive westbound from Kenmore Square.
  • 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, will be closed to cars.
  • Main Street in Cambridge, from Third Street to the Longfellow Bridge, will be closed to cars.
  • Ames Street, from Main Street to Memorial Drive in Cambridge, will be closed to cars.
  • Wadsworth and Amherst streets in Cambridge will be closed to cars.
  • Land Boulevard from Binney Street to Longfellow Bridge will be closed to cars.
  • Hayward, Carlton, Charlotte’s Way and Dock Streets in Cambridge will be closed to cars.
  • The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to cars. Bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed to cross the bridge.
  • The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to bicycles and pedestrians from approximately 9 p.m. until the end of the fireworks. No fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge will be permitted.
  • Mass’s bridge. Ave. will be closed in both directions to cars from Beacon Street in Boston to Vassar Street in Cambridge. Bicycles and pedestrians will be allowed to cross the bridge.
  • Mass’s bridge. Ave. will be closed to bicycles and pedestrians from approximately 9 p.m. until the end of the fireworks. No fireworks from the Mass Avenue Bridge will be permitted.
  • Memorial Drive of Mass. Ave. at the BU Bridge will be closed to cars except for guests traveling to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Hyatt guests will be directed to the Vassar Street closure.
  • Vassar Street in Cambridge, from Mass. Ave. at Memorial Drive, will be closed to cars. Access will be permitted to Hyatt residents and guests.
  • The Cambridge promenade will be closed to cars, with the exception of vehicles with disabled signs/plaques. 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 1:00 a.m. July 5 to allow uninterrupted vehicular traffic.
  • Small boats that can pass under the bridge in the down position will be allowed to pass.

After the concert and the fireworks

  • 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 this order:
    • Mass Avenue Bridge.
    • Long Fellow Bridge
    • Memorial road
    • Storrow Drive, Bowker Overpass, Charlesgate Area, Charles Circle

For more information, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra website.



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