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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 www.mass.gov/dcr or on twitter @MassDCR.

*SECURED AREAS     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 Access Points: 

The checkpoints on July 3 will open at 5 p.m. or at a time designated by the Incident Commander. 

Oval: The Oval Checkpoint will be located between the Lagoon's Clarendon Footbridge and the Berkeley Footbridge. Access to the checkpoint can best be accomplished by accessing the Esplanade from Berkeley Street after 4 p.m. Those arriving to the Esplanade prior to 4 p.m. should use the Dartmouth or Fairfield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive. 

Island/Lagoon: There will also be an Island/Lagoon area checkpoint. This checkpoint will be located on the Island/Lagoon by the Clarendon Footbridge. This checkpoint will also open at 5 p.m. on July 3, and may be accessed from the Lagoon's Clarendon, Exeter and Fairfield Footbridges. Access to the checkpoint can best be accomplished by accessing the Esplanade from Berkeley Street after 4 p.m. Those arriving to the Esplanade prior to 4 p.m. should use the Dartmouth or Fairfield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive. 

July 4th Access Points:  

The checkpoints on July 4th will open at 9 a.m. or at a time designated by the Incident Commander.

Oval: The Oval Checkpoint will be located between the Lagoon's Clarendon Footbridge and the Berkeley Footbridge. Access to the checkpoint can best be accomplished by accessing the Esplanade from Berkeley Street. 

Island/Lagoon: Access to the Island/Lagoon checkpoints can best be accomplished by using Beacon Street to Clarendon Street or utilizing the Dartmouth or Fairfield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive. Checkpoints will be located at the Clarendon and Exeter Footbridges. The fairfield Footbridge over the Lagoon will be designated at EXIT ONLY from the Island over the Lagoon. 

*2015 WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED - WHAT IS ALLOWED 

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 the carried items are subject to inspection. Please note the new regulation requiring bicycles and unmanned aerial vehicles. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

1. No coolers on wheels.

2. No backpacks.

3. No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.

4. No glass containers.

5. No cans.

6. No pre-mixed beverages.

7. All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size.

8. No grilling, propane tanks or open flames.

9. No alcoholic beverages.

10. 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 must not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles, or other structures may be subject to removal. 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 must not be left unattended. (This measure is being enacted for public safety and crowd management in the event a speedy evacuation becomes necessary at the Esplanade.)

11. NEW THIS YEAR: No one entering the venue will be allowed to bring an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as a “drone,” onto the premises. (Also, please click here to see separate section prohibiting UAV use over the venue.)

ALLOWED ITEMS:

1. Pop up tents/canopies with no sides - maximum size 10' x 10'.

(Above for July 4th only; No Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3rd).

2. Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10' x 10'.

3. Folding/beach chairs only.

4. Coolers, which must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheeled coolers).

5. All personal items must be carried in clear bags only.

6. After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

FOOD

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. 

RECYCLING

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

RESTROOMS

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

MERCHANDISE

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

SOUND SYSTEM & VIDEO SCREENS

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.

 *SUBJECT TO CHANGE