The long awaited Grand Parade of Sail, featuring over fifty magnificent ships from more than a dozen countries, will mark the official start of Sail Boston 2017. This free celebration of maritime culture and history unfolds in and around Boston’s waterfront from June 17 – 22, and the Parade of Sail on June 17 kicks off the five-day event in grand style.
In anticipation of thousands of spectators along Boston’s waterfront, the City’s Police and Transportation Departments, along with the Coast Guard, Massport, MBTA, and representatives from Sail Boston, recently completed a series of public briefings in those communities that will experience the greatest influx of attendees to watch the Parade of Sail. To ensure everyone’s safety and maximize enjoyment of this stunning spectacle, a number of measures will be implemented, mostly on Parade of Sail day only, to limit vehicular access as well as implementing stadium style screenings.
These security protocols are very similar to those employed in recent years by the organizers of the Boston Pops July 4th celebration on the Esplanade, as well as the Boston Marathon from Kenmore Square to the finish line in Copley Square. Measures include street closings, restricted vehicular access and parking, and screening entry points along the Boston waterfront from Castle Island in South Boston, to Charlestown Navy Yard, and in East Boston as well.
STREET CLOSINGS AND RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL BE IN EFFECT IN SOUTH BOSTON
Parking will be prohibited on the following roads on Saturday, June 17 from 12:01 AM to 4:00 PM.
➔ Farragut Rd. Northbound Lane/Park side
➔ Day Blvd. – G St. to Farragut Rd.
➔ Northern Ave. – Congress St. to Tide St.
➔ Tide St. – Drydock Ave. to Northern Ave.
Parking will be prohibited and the following roads will be closed to traffic on Saturday, June 17 from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
➔ B St. inbound – Congress St. to Northern Ave.
➔ WTC Ave. – Massport Haul to Northern Ave.
➔ Northern Ave. – B St. to Congress St.
➔ Seaport Ln. – Hotel Entrance to Northern Ave.
➔ D St. outbound- Beyond garage exit to. Northern Ave.
➔ D St. inbound – Park Ln. to Northern Ave.
The following roads will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:00 AM on June 17 and will reopen at 4:00 PM.
➔ Shore Rd. – Farragut Rd. to Day Blvd
.➔ Day Blvd. – East Broadway to Castle Island
Public Viewing sites will be on the Harborwalk and at Castle Island.
Prohibited Items Include:
• Coolers on wheels
• Firearms, Weapons, Sharp Objects or Fireworks
• Glass Containers
• Pre-mixed Beverages
• Grills, Propane Tanks or Open Flames
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Pop up Tents/Canopies
• Wagons or Pull Carts
• Pets (Except Service Animals)
Allowed Items Include:
• Blankets or Tarps (MAX Size 10’x10’)
• Folding/Beach Chairs
• Coolers, carried in by shoulder strap or single handle
• Small clutch bags/purses that are easily searchable
• Diaper bags that are easily searchable
• Baby Strollers
• Glass baby bottles
For the most up to date information on street closings, event schedules, and more please visit www.sailboston.com & download the Sail Boston App for Android & iPhone.
Also, a community meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 7th from 6p,-8pm at the Condon School – 200 D Street. to discuss Sail Boston.