As preparations resume for an early Boston July 4 fireworks show on Thursday, city and state officials have revised schedules for road closures and transportation services in and around Boston.
Originally scheduled for Friday, July 4, officials and organizers on Wednesday moved the annual Boston Fireworks Spectacular up a day to Thursday, July 3, due to forecast models that call for heavy rain and wind in the area.
Road Closure Updates for the Boston Area
With the moving up of the event also came a few changes regarding times of road closures, particularly with Storrow Drive, which is set to close at 1 p.m. Thursday, and Memorial Drive, the Mass Ave. Bridge and Longfellow Bridge set to close at 6 p.m. On Thursday morning, a truck hit an overpass on Storrow Drive near Massachusetts General Hospital, according to WCVB.
Editor's Note: The closure of Storrow Drive was originally scheduled for 12 p.m. Thursday, but officials pushed the closure back to 1 p.m., Massachusetts State Police said, as MassDCR crews were able to accomplish their preparatory setup work early, allowing for officials to keep the road open an extra hour.
While times of road closures have changed, Massachusetts State Police said this week that those attending Thursday night's events should follow security guidelines and restrictions that were released earlier this week.
To view those guidelines, click here.
MBTA Service Updates for July 3-4
The MBTA, meanwhile, has revised its service schedules for both the fireworks show on Thursday and the July 4 holiday on Friday.
For Thursday's show, attendees are urged to take public transportation, as well as to any July 4 events.
Bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines after 6 p.m. on July 3, and bikes will also be prohibited on all inbound and outbound commuter rail trains after that time, according to the MBTA. Bikes, however, are allowed on all commuter rail trains on Friday, July 4.
Subway service on all MBTA lines will operate at rush-hour levels starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3 to accommodate ridership.
Riders should note that fares will not be collected after 9:30 p.m. for all modes of services on the MBTA, according to the update.
MBTA parking garages will be pay-on-entry and cash only starting at 12 p.m. Thursday, July 3.
For further service updates, visit mbta.com/events.