First Night will bring an influx of people to Boston Thursday night for New Year’s Eve festivities, making parking a tricky endeavor.
The follow streets will be temporarily closed off:
Boylston St., from Exeter St. to Tremont St., 5-8 p.m.
Charles St., from Park Plaza to Beacon St., 5-8 p.m.
Dartmouth St., from St. James Ave. to Boylston St., 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Atlantic Ave., from Milk St. to Cross St., 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Thursday and Friday” parking restrictions will be as follows for both days:
Trinity Place: Copley Fairmont side, from Saint James Ave. to Stuart St. Both sides, from Stuart St. to the Clarendon Street Parking garage, opposite #40
Boylston Street: Copley Square side, Dartmouth St. to Clarendon St.
“Tow Zone No Stopping Thursday”
Arlington Street: Both sides, from Beacon St. to Boylston St.
Atlantic Avenue: East side, from East India Row to Commercial St. West side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross St.
Beacon Street: Both sides, from Charles St. to Arlington St.
Berkeley Street: Both sides, from Boylston St. to Newbury St.
Blagden Street: Both sides, from Dartmouth St. to Exeter St. (BPL Parking Zone exempt)
Boylston Street: Both sides, from Exeter St. to Arlington St. (additional restrictions on Boylston St. from Dartmouth St. to Clarendon St.) Public Garden side, from Arlington St. to Charles St.
Cambridge Street: Both sides, from Court St. to New Chardon St.
Central Street: Both sides, from Old Atlantic Ave. to the Dead End.
Charles Street: Public Garden side, from Boylston St. to Beacon St.
Clarendon Street: Both sides, from Newbury St. to Boylston St. Trinity Church side, from Boylston St. to Saint James Ave.
Court Street: Both sides, from Washington St. to Cambridge St.
Cross Street: Both sides, from Atlantic Ave. to Hanover St.
Dartmouth Street: Both sides, from Boylston St. to Newbury St.
Milk Street: Both sides, from Surface Rd. to Old Atlantic Ave.
Old Atlantic Avenue: Both sides, from Milk St. to State St.
Saint James Avenue: Trinity Church side, from Clarendon St. to Trinity Place
State Street: Both sides, from Old Atlantic Ave./Long Wharf to Broad St.
Surface Road: Both sides, from Sudbury St. to State St.
The MBTA will be free after 8 p.m. and will run until 2:30 a.m.
And here’s a helpful guide on what (and where) you should eat on the 31st.
Other First Night things to know:
The fireworks over the Harbor start at midnight, there is a family-friendly fireworks display starting at 7 p.m. on the Common.
All events are free this year, which means there’s no need to go out and buy a “button” to get access to festivities.
New this year, the celebration includes something called a “New Year Pyrotechnics and Countdown” in Copley Square on the roof of the Fairmont Copley Hotel. “A new tradition is beginning,” organizers wrote on the First Night website.
See the full schedule, complete with music, dancing and lots of puppets.