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City to close streets, ban parking for July 4 celebrations

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 3, 2013 09:15 AM

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As Boston prepares to celebrate Independence Day with dozens of events and its famous annual firework display, the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department have announced a number of street closures and parking bans.

The bans apply mostly to streets in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill near the Charles River Esplanade where hundreds of thousands are expected to gather to watch the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks display Thursday. Security measures on the Esplanade have also been increased for this year's show, the city's largest event since the Boston Marathon bombings.

City officials are urging residents and visitors to use public transportation to travel in and around the city during the festivities. The MBTA will run extra holiday service on July 4 and MBTA Transit Police plan to conduct random baggage checks.

The following is a list of street closings and parking bans from the Boston Police Department:

LOCAL STREETS CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

July 3 at 12 p.m. until completion of the Fireworks on July 4:
Berkeley Street, from Beacon Street to Back Street

July 4 at 4 p.m. until completion of the fireworks:
Beacon Street, from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue
Berkeley Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
Dartmouth Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
Fairfield Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
Hereford Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
Massachusetts Avenue, from Commonwealth Avenue to the City of Cambridge

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Tow Zone, No Stopping – Monday, July 1, through Thursday, July 4
Beacon Street, even side, from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street

Tow Zone, No Stopping – Wednesday, July 3 through Thursday, July 4
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, opposite Dartmouth Street, at area where jersey barriers separate Back Street from Storrow Drive
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, July 4
Arlington Street, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to St. James Avenue
Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street, and both sides, from Dartmouth Street to Charlesgate East
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
Mass Avenue, both sides, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
Boylston Street, both sides, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
Cambridge Street, City Hall side, from Court Street to New Sudbury Street
Devonshire Street, both sides, from State Street to Quaker Lane
State Street, south side, from Congress Street to Devonshire Street, and north side, from Congress Street to opposite Washington Street

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