Officials outline guidelines for Boston 4th of July celebrations

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BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) – State and local officials held a press conference Tuesday outlining safety procedures ahead of Boston’s 4th of July festivities.

People attending the celebration were warned to keep drones away from the Charles River Esplanade on Thursday.

Visitors should also expect to see a large police presence with officers on foot, bikes, horses, boats, and even in the sky.

“Whether you see them or not,” said Undersecretary of Public Safety Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, “These folks have one mission: to protect everyone’s safety.”

Other banned items include:

  • Coolers on wheels
  • Backpacks
  • Weapons (including pepper spray, firearms, sharp objects or fireworks)
  • Glass containers
  • Cans
  • Pre-mixed beverages
  • All liquids in sealed clear plastic containers over 2 liters
  • Grills
  • Alcohol
  • Bicycles

Anyone attending the festivities who sees anyone or anything suspicious or out of the ordinary is urged to contact police by either calling 911 or texting “B4” to 67283.

MBTA subway service will operate on a Sunday schedule until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. After that, normal rush-hour services will resume.

“There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into making sure that this is the safe, fun and enjoyable event that it’s supposed to be,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

For a full list of guidelines and instructions, visit Massachusetts State Police online here.

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