Boston's 4th of July: How do I get there?
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How do you get there?
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular takes place along the Charles River in between the Longfellow Bridge and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.
If you’re planning on walking to the July 4 event, you can get to the Esplanade from Beacon Street via Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth and Fairfield Streets, as well as Massachusetts Avenue. For the preshow, held on July 3, attendees must take one of the footbridges to cross Storrow Drive.
The MBTA is a great alternative to driving to the event. There will be extra bus and subway service on July 4. The two closest T stations on the Boston side of the Charles River are Charles MGH (Red Line) and Arlington Street (Green Line). On the Cambridge side of the Charles, the Kendall MIT station and Central Square station (both on the Red Line) are close. More information: MBTA.com
Note: After 9:30 p.m. on July 4 all MBTA buses and trains will be free to the public.
The 100 Clarendon Street garage is within walking distance to the Esplanade. It is recommended to take public transportation to the event.
July 4 Disability/Handicap Parking: Disability/Handicap parking will be available at the Charles Circle LAZ Parking Lot, next to Massachusetts Eye & Ear Hospital, starting at 10:00 AM on July 4, 2012. The lot will ONLY be accessible via Charles Circle. Vehicles with valid disability/handicap placards/plates will be allowed to access the parking lot. Parking in this lot will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The lot will close once the lot is full; when the designated disability/handicap area at the Hatch Memorial Shell (Esplanade) is full; or 6:00 PM; whichever occurs first.
The MBTA Shuttle Vans (The Ride) will cease operation when the disability/handicap area is full or at 6:00 PM, whichever comes first. Vans for the return trip will stage on the Storrow Drive Tunnel Eastbound ramp. When the area is safe for movement of disability/handicap patrons, patrons will be escorted across Storrow Drive to the staged vans (approximately 10:30pm).