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Event Grounds

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The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The Department of Conservation & Recreation's (DCR) mission is to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

The DCR is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds. Please visit them at or on twitter @MassDCR.


There are two secured areas for this event: The Oval and the Island. Spectators entering these areas will be required to pass through one of the bag check/screening entrances and will receive a wristband specifically for that area, which must be worn at all times during the event to ensure access in and out of that secured area. When the secured areas are full on July 3rd and July 4th, NO additional wristbands will be distributed.

July 3rd and 4th access point information will be posted closer to the 2015 event


To ensure the safety of all visitors to the Esplanade, the following rules will be strictly enforced on July 3rd and July 4th. Unless noted below, no backpacks, shopping bags or similar type containers may be carried onto the Esplanade, and all carried items are subject to inspection.

Prohibited Items
  • No coolers on wheels
  • No backpacks
  • No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks
  • No glass containers
  • No cans
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pre-mixed beverages
  • All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size
  • No grilling, propane tanks or open flames
  • No unattended bags
  • No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue, but most not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles etc will be subject to removal.
Allowed Items
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only
  • Pop up tents/canopies with no sides - maximum size 10x10 (no tents/canopies allowed on July 3)
  • Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10x10
  • Folding/beach chairs only
  • Coolers, must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheels)
  • After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

There are food vendors located in Boston and Cambridge. All vendors are permitted by, and come under the supervision of, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In addition, Boston Water & Sewer Commission will be providing 800 gallons of free water in their special truck located by the Fiedler Footbridge. 


We encourage spectators to recycle. Recycling bins will be located next to trash receptacles scattered throughout the Esplanade on July 3rd and 4th.


There are over 350 portable restrooms located in Boston and Cambridge. Handicapped accessible restrooms are at all restroom locations.


Official Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular T-shirts are for sale at the B4 merchandise tent located in the main concession area.


There are 18 sound towers in Boston and Cambridge. On the Boston side, there are two large video screens on each side of the DCR Hatch Shell stage and there will also be video screens spread throughout the Esplanade that will carry the concert.