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FAQs

Where does the event take place?

What is the "Oval"?

How do you access the secured areas?

What is allowed and not allowed in the secured areas?

Can I buy a ticket to the event on the 3rd or the 4th?

Where are the restrooms?

Is there a Handicapped Area?

Are there concessions at the event?

What is located on the Cambridge side of the Charles River?

Where can I stay?

What is the difference between the shows on the 3rd and the 4th?

How long is the show?

Where can I get additional information?

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Where does the event take place?

The event takes place along the Charles River, at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade between the Longfellow and Massachusetts Avenue Bridges, on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.
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What is the "Oval"?

The Oval is the grass-filled area directly in front of the DCR Hatch Shell.
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How do you access the 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 and 4th access point information will be posted closer to the 2015 event

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
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What is allowed and not allowed in the secured areas?

To ensure the safety of all visitors to the Esplanade, the following rules will be strictly enforced. 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.

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

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Can I buy a ticket to the event on the 3rd or the 4th?

The event on the 3rd and the 4th is free and open to the public. Admittance to the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Where are the restrooms?

There are over 350 portable restrooms located in Boston and Cambridge. Handicap accessible restrooms can be found at all restroom locations. There are handicapped restroom facilities located in the handicapped area on both the Boston and Cambridge side.
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Is there a Handicapped Area?

Yes. The handicapped area is located within the Oval, to the right of the DCR Hatch Shell. People with disabilities are admitted into the designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person is allowed one guest and that guest is allowed to bring a folding chair. This area will close at 6:00PM or when it has reached capacity, whichever comes first.
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Are there concessions at the event?

Yes, there will be a variety of food and merchandise options available for purchase. The food concessions are controlled by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The merchandise concessions are controlled by Boston 4 Celebrations and all proceeds benefit the event. This year we will have merchandise available for purchase on the 3rd and the 4th.
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What is located on the Cambridge side of the Charles River?

The Cambridge side features sound towers, food concessions, restrooms and excellent views of the fireworks.
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Where can I stay?

There are a number of great hotels within walking distance to the Esplanade. We suggest the Liberty Hotel www.libertyhotel.com. You can also visit the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau at www.bostonusa.com for more information.
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What is the difference between the shows on the 3rd and the 4th?

The July 3rd show features a full concert; however, it does not include the fireworks display.
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How long is the concert and fireworks?

On July 3rd, the concert begins at 8:30PM and ends at 10:00PM. On July 4th, the television broadcast begins at 8:00PM, the concert starts at 8:30PM and ends at 10:30PM with a fireworks display from 10:30PM to 11:00PM.
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Where can I get additional information?

If you have a question, or comment, or would like additional information about our event, please contact us here.
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