March 22, 2018 - Thursday




  • Allow extra time for entry onto the lawn. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Wristbands will be distributed for entry and re-entry.
  • Please respect the elderly and disabled as well as other event goers.

Security Measures:

  • Bags and coolers will be searched at designated security checkpoints for public safety.
  • See Access for specific MA State Police instructions.

What to Bring:

  • An umbrella or parasol for shade or in case of rain.
  • A blanket or tarp (no larger than 10 x 10 ft.) for sitting on the lawn.
  • Pop up Tents/Canopies with no sides (maximum size 10 x 10 ft.) (No Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3).
  • Folding beach chairs.
  • Sun protection lotion.
  • Shoulder-strap or single-handled coolers (nothing with wheels), snacks, and refreshments. Food and refreshments will also be available at the concession stands.
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only.
  • If you are travelling by public transportation, it saves time to purchase tokens in advance.
  • Binoculars to make event viewing easier.
  • Photographic cameras are allowed.
  • On July 3rd and 4th all allowable items must be checked and carried through security checkpoints for the Oval and the Island. Seating capacity is limited.

What NOT to Bring.

  • No glass containers.
  • No cans
  • No pre-mixed beverages.
  • All liquids must be in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters.
  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks or shopping bags.
  • Alcoholic beverages are restricted.
  • No grills, hibachis or fires are allowed.
  • No sharp objects, weapons, firearms.
  • No pets (unless service animal for the disabled).
  • No bicycles allowed in the Oval or the Island. Secure them only in designated areas.
  • No drones.

Boating Guidelines

  • Marked Safety Zone: Vessels must anchor and remain 100 feet from shore and 1000 feet from fireworks barges See maps.
  • Red Zone: East of fireworks barges. Vessels 13ft. and greater
  • Blue Zone: West of Massachusetts Ave. bridge
  • Vessels with height of over 12ft. will not clear drawbridge and must remain upriver of Longfellow Bridge after fireworks
  • Discharge of boat sewage is prohibited. Designated pump-out facilities are located at the Charles River Yacht Club and Watertown Yacht Club

Handicapped Access:

  • Disableled persons may enter the designated area. Space is available on a first come first serve basis. See maps.


  • Restrooms, portable restrooms, and handicapped restrooms are available. See maps.

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