The party near the Charles hogs the limelight, but there’s more to celebrating Independence Day in Somerville and Cambridge than just finding a seat near the river. But with construction on the Longfellow Bridge and security concerns in the minds of public officials, this year’s 4th of July celebrations will be a little different than in the past. Here’s a quick run-down of what to expect in both Cambridge and Somerville.
The City of Somerville will put on its own fireworks display tomorrow night, June 27, at Trum Field. The party starts at 5:45pm on the fields off Broadway, and thousands of our neighbors are expected to attend. As a result, Broadway will be closed from Ball Sq. to Magoun Sq. from 5pm to midnight on June 27. Street closures and parking restrictions will also affect Cedar St., Franey Rd., and Charles E. Ryan Rd. Buses traveling through the area will also be impacted.
Then, on Saturday, June 29, from 8am-6pm the City will sponsor its annual Family Fun Day. This event also takes place at Trum Field. For both events, the City recommends leaving your pets at home.
Cambridge is putting on kid-friendly events at three parks around the city: Glacked Field in West Cambridge, Hoyt Field in Riverside, and Donnelly Field in East Cambridge. Starting at 10am, kids can participate in the annual doll carriage races, bike parades, and more. All participants will receive a free T-shirt from the City, and additional questions can be directed to the Cambridge Department of Human Services at 617.349.6228. Here’s a full listing of how Cambridge is celebrating the 4th, from fireworks to recycling pick-up. For anyone planning to watch the Boston fireworks from Memorial Drive, please be advised that cooking and grilling are prohibited on Magazine Beach, and that the west sidewalk of the Longfellow Bridge is closed until further notice. Both Fulkerson and Cambridge Streets will be closed beginning at 4pm on the 4th; you can see a full list of Cambridge street closures here. The Cambridge Chronicle also has a list of allowed items that will help you plan your day.