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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Can items be left in the Oval in the morning and be reclaimed later in the day?

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. Both checkpoints (Oval and Island) will open at 4PM.

The Oval checkpoint will be located between the Island's Clarendon Footbridge and the Berkeley Footbridge. Access to the checkpoint can best be accomplished by accessing the DCR Esplanade from Berkeley Street after 3PM on July 3rd and anytime on July 4th. Those arriving to the Esplanade prior to 3PM, to begin lining up, should use the Dartmouth or Fairfield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive.

The Island checkpoint will be located by the Clarendon Footbridge. On July 3rd, this checkpoint will open at 4PM and can be accessed from the Island's Clarendon, Exeter and Fairfield Footbridges. Access to the checkpoint can best be accomplished by accessing the Esplanade from Berkeley Street after 3PM. Those arriving to the Esplanade prior to 3PM, to begin lining up, should use the Dartmouth or Fairfield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive. On July 4th, checkpoints will be located at the Clarendon and Exeter Footbridges. Access to the Island checkpoints can best be accomplished by using Beacon Street to Clarendon Street or utilizing the Dartmouth or Fairflield Street Footbridges over Storrow Drive. The Fairfield Footbridge over to the Island will be designated as EXIT ONLY.
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What is allowed and not allowed in the secured areas? 
Unless noted below, no backpacks, shopping bags or similar type containers may be carried onto the DCR Esplanade, and all carried items are subject to inspection.

2013 PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • No coolers on wheels
  • No backpacks
  • No Firearms, Weapons, Sharp Objects or Fireworks
  • No glass containers
  • No Cans
  • 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

2013 ALLOWED ITEMS

  • Pop up Tents/Canopies with no sides - maximum size 10x10 (no Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3rd)
  • Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10 x 12
  • Folding/Beach Chairs only
  • Coolers, must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheels)
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only
  • After inspection, Small clutch bags/purses, may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: On July 4th all ALLOWABLE ITEMS must be checked and carried through security checkpoints by 4:00PM. After 4:00PM, nothing will be allowed through the security checkpoints except chairs, tarps or blankets not to exceed 10'x12'. If you plan to bring any of the ALLOWABLE ITEMS, they must be checked and cleared prior to 4:00PM.
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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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Can items be left in the Oval in the morning and be reclaimed later in the day?
Yes, items can be left at a designated location within the Oval early in the morning and reclaimed near show time but at your own risk. Similar to any crowded public area, like a beach or a park, the items could be moved upon return.
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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 handicap restroom facilities located in the handicap 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 a variety of merchandise including t-shirts and hats, 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 DCR 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 7:30PM and ends 9:00PM. On July 4th, the concert begins at 7:30PM and ends at 9:30PM with a fireworks display from 9:30PM to 10:00PM.
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Where can I get additional information? 
If you have a question, comment or would like additional information about our event, please contact us here
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ďThe music was amazing; you could hear it everywhere. It was superbÖDonít change a thing! I canít wait to come back next year.Ē
- Dorchester | MA
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