Festivities marking the nation's 238th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Friday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.
A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.
The annual July 4 Esplanade Events have been moved to Thursday, July 3, because of a possible hurricane moving toward the Cape Cod coast.
Road closures on Thursday, July 3: Storrow Drive will be closed at noon; Memorial Drive, Mass Ave. Bridge and Longfellow Bridge at 6 p.m. Public can start entering checkpoints into the secure area on the Esplanade at 5 p.m.
If there is a weather cancellation Thursday, consideration may be given to having the event on Saturday, July 5. More information here.
Actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival will be performing a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at the Williams College of Art at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., the town's parade will travel Route 2 to Spring Street. The parade will end at the base of Spring Street.
From there, a barbecue is being held on the front lawn of the Clark Art Institute via shuttles or a walking route.
At 1 p.m. the Clark will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its massive renovations. At night, the Clark is hosting a concert on the lawn at 7:30 p.m. and a firework display will start at 9 pm. from the Stone Hill Center.
The annual Fourth of July Parade
begins at 10 a.m. — rain or shine — at the corner of South and West Housatonic streets and ends at historic Wahconah Park. This year's theme is "Made in America" featuring Mario DeMartino as the grand marsal.
Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will be marching in this year's parade.
There will be parking restrictions in place along the parade route with adjacent side streets being utilized for by police for staging. Restricted parking signs will be in place throughout the route and staging areas on July 3 and enforced on July 4 starting at 6 a.m.
The staging area includes West Housatonic Street from Center Street to South Street, South Street, Wendell Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Broad Street, Taconic Street, Pomeroy Avenue north of Broad Street, East Housatonic Street and the included area.
The parade route includes South Street, Bank Row, Park Place, North Street, and Wahconah Street.
Non-parade vehicle access in and out of the staging area will be restricted at 6 a.m. Traffic detours will be put in place on South Street at Broad Street, West Housatonic Street at Henry Avenue, and West Housatonic at Center, and South Street at Park Square at 7 a.m.
Vehicle access to the entire parade route will be restricted and shut down at 9 a.m. These restrictions will remain in place until 1 P.M.
In the evening, catch the Pittsfield Suns taking on the Nashua Silver Knights, followed by fireworks at Wahconah Park.
The Pittsfield Suns game on Friday night has been canceled because of rain; the fireworks have been postponed to Saturday, July 12, Fans holding tickets to Friday's contest can exchange them for the July 12 Spectacular or any remaining 2014 Pittsfield Suns game.
GAME & FIREWORKS POSTPONED TO SATURDAY. The SteepleCats
will face off at 6:30 p.m. against the Vermont Mountaineers at Joe Wolfe Field,
followed by the annual fireworks display at around 9:30 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company is hosting a "blowout July Fourth Celebration" featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the Eagles Brass Band playing while there is a farmers market on the front lawn and an "all-American" barbeque behind the Tina Packer Playhouse. At 2 p.m., the Eagles Trombone Band will start; at 3 p.m. Shakespeare & Company will be reading the Declaration of Independence
The reading includes company actors, community members and state and local dignitaries, including Gov. Deval Patrick.
Later in the evening, Shakespeare & Company is putting on two performances: The "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" in the Tina Packer Playhouse at 7 p.m. and "Julius Caesar" in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at 8 p.m.
Fourth of July Schedule of Events:
1:00 - Music by The Eagles Brass Band
1:15 - Community Barbecue (a la carte pricing)
2:00 - Music by The Eagles Trombone Band
2:45 - Music performed by Alexander Sovronsky and other Company musicians
3:00 - 4:30: Reading of The Declaration of Independence
7:00 - "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," Tina Packer Playhouse
8:00 - "Julius Caesar," Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
James Taylor is returning to Tanglewood. However, tickets are sold out. A fireworks display over Stockbridge Bowl follows the concert.
MassDOT encourages safe travel during the upcoming July 4
holiday. Before traveling, drivers are encouraged to check our live Traffic Cameras web page
for a look at current traffic.
Traffic is anticipated to be especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge on the day before the holiday and at Exit 11A, I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine. Travelers to the Cape now have access to real time roadside traffic information through the newly launched GO Time
system. To plan ahead, traffic information is available for download using the free RideWise Smartphone App that provides live traffic conditions.
For travelers visiting the Cape, consider the train! The CapeFLYER train will run Thursday, July 3
on a Friday
schedule. Visit www.capeflyer.com
for complete schedules and ticket information.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Friday, July 4, through 5 am Saturday morning, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.
will provide enhanced subway service on all lines operating at rush hour levels beginning at 2pm on July 4
Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from Fourth of July events and advised to check T-Alerts for the most up-to-date service information during the holiday.
As a reminder, bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines for the entire day on the Fourth of July. Bicycles are also prohibited on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on outbound trains after 4 p.m.
As the Fourth of July is on a Friday, extended late-night service will be running on all Subway lines as well as all Key Bus Routes beginning at approximately 1 a.m. until approximately 2:30 a.m. Additionally, fares will not be collected after 9:30 p.m. for all modes of service.
offices will be closed Friday July 4
in observance of the holiday.