Thursday, July 5, 2012
Crowds on the Esplanade were temporarily evacuated for fear of rain, but returned to great show.
Although the Boston Pops concert was briefly interrupted as organizers took to the stage tell people to evacuate because of impending rain, the show was back on within an hour and the fireworks started at their planned time. The announcement to leave the open areas of the Esplanade came around 9 p.m. as lightning was advancing on Boston, but no storm came as people waiting in the Storrow tunnel, Hynes Convention Center, Boston Common Garage, MIT buildings and elsewhere. By 10 p.m., revelers got the green light to head back to the river. However, just as Jennifer Hudson began to sing, and the fireworks started, so did the rain. Still, crowds were delighted with the show in spite of a few drops of rain. The mood on the Massachusetts Avenue…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A quick list to help you plan your holiday.
From the city Website: Local openings and closings (from Facebook): If you know the status of other commercial businesses, please add it in the comments.
MBTA operating on a holiday schedule, and all parking meters are free.
Expect traffic delays and detours in Downtown Boston and the Waterfront due to celebrations of the anniversary of the War of 1812 and Boston’s Hatch Shell Fourth of July Fireworks being headlined by Jennifer Hudson. The following temporary parking restrictions will be implemented by the City of Boston: “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Monday July 2 through Wednesday, July 4th” “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Wednesday, July 4” The Boston Police may implement closures on city controlled roadways to ensure public safety. Additionally, parking restrictions and road closures on Storrow Drive begin at 7 a.m. on July 4, and on Memorial Drive beginning at 6 p.m. on July 4. For more information on State …
Post your pics of how you're celebrating today.
We know that you're having a good time today—it's Independence Day, after all. So, share the fun. Post your photos to our gallery and show your neighbors how you're celebrating on America's birthday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Help a newcomer trying to figure out her July 4 plans.
We got an email from a reader who said she had moved to town just about a year ago, making this her first Independence Day in Charlestown. "Any recommendations on good spots in Charlestown to watch the fireworks for those who don't have access to a rooftop?" she asked. In turn, I ask you: if you're not going to be on a roof deck or on the Esplanade, where will YOU watch the Boston fireworks display?
From Boston Pops-backed fireworks to porta-potties, here's all you need to know to plan your Independence Day festivities July 3 and 4.
Jennifer Hudson will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular during the city's 39th annual premier Independence Day celebration, and the Dropkick Murphys will perform "Tessie" and "Shipping Up to Boston" on both nights. The fun starts Tues, July 3 at 6 p.m., with a concert at 8:30 p.m., followed by more festivities on Wed, July 4 as thousands of people from across the country will flock to the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade for live music, food, and of course, fireworks. The Oval (the area in front of the Hatch Shell) opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday with entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Other performers include Michael Chiklis, Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, and performances from the …