Photo: 4th of July fireworks on the Charles river, Boston, MA 2011-07-04 Pablo Valerio
Today, Monday, July 4 is when the country observes Independence Day, which the country commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Although the holiday wasn’t made an official nation-wide holiday until 1870 (and not a paid holiday for federal workers until 1941), Massachusetts has recognized the day as an official state holiday since 1781.
For most Belmontians, the most impactful result of the holiday is that trash and recycling pick up will be delayed a day.
Here is what’s closed and what’s open on the 4th of July.
- Belmont Town Hall and town offices: Closed
- The Underwood Pool: Open to members and those purchasing day passes
- Belmont Public Library: Closed
- State and Federal government offices: Closed
- US Postal Service: Both Belmont post offices are closed; express delivery only
- Banks: Closed
- Retail stores: Open at owner’s discretion
- Supermarkets: Star Market on Trapelo Road in Waverley Square in open regular hours.
- Coffee shops: Starbucks and Dunkin’s on Trapelo Road will be operating 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.
- 264 Trapelo St. Store 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Pharmacy 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those who want to do some day traveling using public transportation, the MBTA is running on the following schedule:
- Subway will run on a modified Saturday schedule until 1 p.m. After 1 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 Fitchburg line will be held for 30 minutes after the end of the Boston Pop fireworks.
Where to see firework celebrations near-ish to Belmont:
- Boston/Cambridge: along the Charles River at the Esplanade, 10:30 p.m.
- Newton: Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex, 9:30 p.m.
- Wakefield: Lake Quannapowitt at the end of Beacon Street, 9:30 p.m.