What's open, what's closed on the Fourth of July

Fireworks explode over the Hatch Shell during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in 2019. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Fireworks explode over the Hatch Shell during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in 2019. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to take a long weekend to pop off fireworks and eat hot dogs while celebrating their country.

And sure, John Adams thought the day for "Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other," would be the second of July, when the declaration part of the Declaration of Independence was passed, and not the Fourth of July, when the draft document was approved. But, as with so such in life, the paperwork made things a little more complicated.

Trivia aside, the Fourth of July is one of the country's big holidays, especially so in Massachusetts, where we, you know, kind of picked a fight that led to U.S. independence.

Massachusetts is also home to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which for almost 50 years has capped off the holiday by allowing "all hell to break loose." After a couple of pandemic-dampened editions, the traditional show is back for 2022. You can learn more about it here.

Beyond the Esplanade, there are scores of fireworks and bonfire displays across the region, according to Fox25 Boston.

Here's what's open and what's closed on the Fourth, including what you can expect from the T getting in and out of the city:

Federal offices: Closed.

Federal courts: Closed.

Post offices: Closed.

State offices: Closed.

RMV: Closed.

State courts: Closed.

Municipal offices: Closed.

Public schools: Closed.

Libraries: Closed.

Trash pickup: Check with your local government or provider.

Banks: Closed.

Stock market: Closed.

Retail locations: Open.

Liquor stores: Open.

Supermarkets: Open.

MBTA: There's certainly a lot going on with the T lately, so checking with the service before your trip would be a good idea. Currently, this is the plan laid out on the agency's website:

  • Subways: Modified Saturday schedule until 1 p.m., then a weekday schedule.
  • Buses, the Silver Line and the RIDE: Sunday schedule
  • Ferries: There's no Hull to Rowe's Wharf ferry. The Hull-Logan Airport-Long Wharf ferry will run on a Sunday schedule. The Charlestown ferry will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Commuter rail: Weekend schedule, but on the following lines, the last trains out of Boston will hold until a half hour after the Esplanade fireworks end:
    • Fitchburg Line
    • Framingham/Worcester Line
    • Franklin Line
    • Greenbush Line
    • Haverhill Line
    • Lowell Line
    • Middleborough/Lakeville Line
    • Providence/Stoughton Line


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