On Saturday, July 8th, 2017, The City of Boston closed vehicular traffic off to Canal Street from 10 AM to 8 PM. The whole length of the street was opened up for people to walk on. Thunderstorms and rain was forecasted, but the good weather held out for the afternoon.
The nice weather, however, did not bring a large crowd to the open street Saturday afternoon. Perhaps the holiday week or Boston Pizza Festival had something to do with the low public turnout in the afternoon. Or maybe, the Canal Street just doesn’t draw a crowd like what was seen from a busy Open Newbury Street.
Some of the vendors that displayed themselves in the street were the Celtics Green Team, the West End Museum, and Boston City Winery. (Set to open on September 17th, 2017) For kids and families there was corn hole, bubbles, toys, and more outdoor activities. Music and live performances were provided by Country 102.5. The artists who played on Saturday included:
- Kevin Herchen
- Paige Davis
- Ayla Brown with Rob Bellamy
- Jimmy Connor
- Alec MacGillivray Band