Photo: The 2014 USPS First Class Forever Stamp – The Star Spangled Banner
Tuesday, July 4, the country observes Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 (the document was signed on July 2nd).
Massachusetts’ own John Adams, who signed the Declaration and was the nation’s second president, said the Fourth should be celebrated the day with “Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Adams would die on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the original signing, on the same day as the declaration’s chief author, Thomas Jefferson, the third president.
For most Belmontians, the most impactful result of the holiday is that trash and recycling pick up will be interrupted for one day due to the holiday. So Tuesday’s pickup will take place on Wednesday, and so on.
Here is what’s closed and open on the 4th of July.
Closed on the 4th
- Belmont Town Hall and town offices.
- Belmont Public Library.
- State and Federal government offices.
- US Postal Service: Both Belmont post offices are closed; express delivery only.
- The Underwood Pool: Open to members and those purchasing day passes
- Retail stores: Open at owner’s discretion
- Supermarkets: Star Market on Trapelo Road in Waverley Square is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Coffee shops: Starbucks and Dunkin’s on Trapelo Road will operate during their regular hours.
- CVS: 89 Leonard St. (Belmont Center) Store 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pharmacy 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- CVS: 264 Trapelo St. Store 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Pharmacy 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For those who want to do someday traveling using public transportation, the MBTA is running on the following schedule:
- Subway will run on a modified Saturday schedule until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., the subway will run on a weekday schedule.
- Bus and the RIDE will run on a Sunday schedule.
- Commuter Rail will run on a weekend schedule. The last train on the Wachusett route, which serves Belmont and Waverley commuter stops, will be held until 11:25 p.m.
Where to see fireworks celebrations near-ish to Belmont:
- Boston/Cambridge: along the Charles River at the Esplanade, 10:30 p.m.
- Newton: Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex, 9:10 p.m. Note: From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile – which recently was rebranded as the “Frankmobile” – will be available for tours and photo ops.