Boston fireworks parking and transportation information


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

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular starts at 8:00 PM Globe Staff/Matthew J. Lee

  • The 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be held on July 4 at 8pm

    Everything to know about the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022

There’s nothing like the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular when it comes to celebrating the Fourth 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 and will begin at 8pm on July 4. It will end with a fireworks show at 10:30 PM that will last until 11 PM.

Below you will find information about parking and traveling to the show. More information about the concert itself can be found here.

Where to park?

Parking information

It is recommended that people use public transportation to get to the event. If you choose to come by car, there are several public car parks within walking distance of the Esplanade.

The historic Motor Mart Garage, located at 201 Stuart Street, is an easy walk to the Esplanade, and you can avoid the traffic on Charles Street after the show by parking there.

ADA-accessible car park

Parking for visitors to events with disabilities is available on the grounds of the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary from July 4 at noon. A disabled sign or placard is required to enter the premises.

A shuttle, offered only on July 4, will be provided from the designated parking lot at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. The shuttle will operate from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, or until the area is full, and will return all event attendees to the grounds at the end of the fireworks.

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

What you can and can’t bring

Items that are allowed:

  • Pop-up tents/canopies without sides – maximum size 10’x10′.
  • Blankets or tarps no larger than 10’x10′.
  • Folding/beach chairs.
  • Coolers, to be carried with a shoulder strap or single handle (no coolers on wheels).
  • All personal items may only be transported in clear bags.
  • After inspection, small clutches/purses are allowed into the room with the transparent bag.

Prohibited items

  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks.
  • No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
  • No glass jars.
  • No cans.
  • No premixed drinks.
  • All liquids must be in sealed clear plastic containers no larger than 2 liters.
  • No grills, propane tanks or open flames.
  • No alcoholic drinks.
  • No bicycles are allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval of Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed in the rest of the venue but must not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to safety gates, posts or other structures can be removed.

Road closures over the weekend

friday july 1
From 7 am:

  • Parking is prohibited on Mugar Way from Arlington Street to Charles Street on July 5th until 6am. All remaining vehicles are removed.

Saturday 2 July
From 6 pm:

  • The right-hand lane on Storrow Drive westbound will be closed.

sunday july 3
From 7 am:

  • 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 adjacent to Storrow Drive until approximately 3:00 PM

From 12 noon:

  • The right-hand lane on Storrow Drive westbound will be closed.
  • Esplanade curb parking will be reserved for authorized buses from the Longfellow Bridge westbound to the Fiedler Footbridge.
  • There is no public parking along Storrow Drive during concert rehearsals or the concert.

From 3 p.m.:

  • Storrow Drive will be closed to westbound traffic from Charles Circle to Bowker Viaduct. All westbound traffic is diverted to Charles Circle. Westbound traffic can rejoin Storrow Drive westbound by turning onto Charles Street, onto Beacon Street, to the west entrance at the Bowker Viaduct.
  • Mugar Way at Beacon Street will be closed to traffic. The intersection will remain closed until the early morning hours of July 5. Pedestrians are directed to Berkeley Street to access the Esplanade.
  • Berkeley Street at Beacon Street will be closed to cars.
  • Storrow Drive eastbound will be closed and rerouted at Bowker Viaduct and will remain closed until July 5.
  • The exit to Arlington Street from the Storrow Tunnel eastbound will be closed until 6am on 5th July.

Monday 4 July
From 9:00 am:

  • No parking on Memorial Drive on either side of 450 Mass. ave. to the Longfellow Bridge. Any vehicles remaining after this time will be removed.
  • No parking on Cambridge Parkway.
  • Access to Storrow Drive west 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 in the Tip O’Neil Tunnel will be closed to all traffic except emergency services.
  • Leverett Circle entrance to Storrow Drive westbound will be closed. Traffic will be allowed to drive on Mgr. O’Brien Highway to Cambridge and Martha Road to Boston.

The following Storrow Drive slip roads will remain in effect as of July 3:

  • Berkeley Street
  • Charlesgate Area eastbound
  • Bowker Viaduct from Park Drive and the Fenway
  • Charles Street Circle westbound
  • No parking at Magazine Beach and Magazine Pool, Riverside Boat Club and the MWRA pumping station. No boat launch in this area.
  • The Fanny Appleton pedestrian bridge at Charles Circle leading to the Esplanade will be closed.
  • The Fiedler Footbridge from Beacon Street to the Esplanade will be closed.

Start 3 p.m.:

  • No access to Storrow Drive westbound from Kenmore Square.
  • No access to Storrow Drive westbound from Beacon Street ramp under Bowker Viaduct.
  • Storrow Drive eastbound is rerouted via University Avenue.

From 4 p.m.:

  • Memorial Drive in both directions from Massachusetts Avenue to the Longfellow Bridge will be closed to vehicles.
  • Main Street in Cambridge from Third Street to Longfellow Bridge is 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. Cyclists and pedestrians are allowed to cross the bridge.
  • The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 9pm until the end of the fireworks. No fireworks are allowed from Longfellow Bridge.
  • The Mass. ave. Bridge will be closed to cars in both directions from Beacon Street in Boston to Vassar Street in Cambridge. Cyclists and pedestrians are allowed to cross the bridge.
  • The Mass. ave. Bridge will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 9pm until the end of the fireworks. There are no fireworks from the Mass. ave. Bridge allowed.
  • Memorial Drive from Mass. ave. to the BU Bridge is closed to cars, except for customers going to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Hyatt customers are directed to the road closure on Vassar Street.
  • Vassar Street in Cambridge of Mass. ave. until Memorial Drive is closed to cars. Access will be granted to residents and Hyatt customers.
  • The Cambridge Parkway is closed to cars except for vehicles with disabled signs. All vehicles must be removed from Cambridge Parkway by 1am on 5th July.

From 10.30 pm:

  • The Craigie Bridge at the Museum of Science will be closed from July 4 at 10:30 PM to July 5 at 1 AM to allow for uninterrupted car traffic.
  • Smaller boats that can pass under the bridge in the down position are allowed to pass.

After the concert and fireworks

  • The clean up begins 30 minutes after the fireworks have finished.
  • All roads will remain closed until clearance and workers are safely removed.
  • If possible, an attempt will be made to open the roads in this order:
    • Mass. ave. Bridge
    • Longfellow Bridge
    • memorial ride
    • Storrow Drive, Bowker Viaduct, Charlesgate Area, Charles Circle

For more information, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra website.