Fireworks explode over the Charles River during a July 4 celebration in Boston. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images) Fireworks explode over the Charles River during a July 4 celebration in Boston. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images)

Boston street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect this week as the city prepares for its July 4 celebration, which culminates with fireworks and a concert at the Esplanade.

City officials are urging people to take the MBTA.

Due to ongoing construction, spectators will not be allowed to watch the fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge this year.

 

Boston streets closed to vehicular traffic include:

July 3 at noon until the end of the fireworks on July 4:

-Berkeley Street, from Beacon Street to Back Street
-Clarendon Street, from Back Street to Beacon Street
-Back Street, from Dartmouth Street to Mugar Way (Resident access will remain from Dartmouth Street)

July 4 at 4 p.m. until the end of the fireworks.

-Beacon Street, from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue
-Berkeley Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
-Dartmouth Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
-Fairfield Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
-Hereford Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Back Street
-Massachusetts Avenue, from Commonwealth Avenue to the City of Cambridge

Drivers may not park on Beacon Street, even side, from Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street Monday through July 4.

A full list of tow zones and no stopping zones is available at www.cityofboston.gov.

State Police also announced a series of restrictions for spectators attending the July 3 and July 4 festivities.

Bicycles will not be allowed into secure areas, such as the Oval and the Lagoon/Island areas, though they will be allowed throughout the rest of the venue.

Police said bikes must not be left unattended and may not be attached or locked to fences, poles or other structures.

"This regulation has been enacted for public safety and crowd management in the event that a speedy and efficient evacuation becomes necessary," police said in a blog post.

The location of the fireworks barges has been moved slightly westward, closer to the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, police said, impacting the safety zone for boaters.

This year, no boats will be allowed between the bridge and the barges. Boaters must be east of the safety zone and west of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.

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