Daily Briefs

July 4th Briefing: Parade, Fireworks, Keytar Bear, AirBnb Opposition, Traffic Signal Changes

What you should know for Tuesday!

Events for Tuesday, July 4th:

9:00 AM Parade – North End Marching Band Leading Off at City Hall Plaza. Boston’s Annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. An estimated 500 participants will march from Boston City Hall and then: turn left onto Cambridge Street continue onto Tremont Street turn left onto Bromfield Street left on Washington Street right onto Court Street, pausing at the Old State House, and then turn left onto Congress Street and end at Faneuil Hall. The North End Marching Band will be the lead off band, as well as the band at the flag raising on the Boston Common.

10:30 PM Fireworks at the Esplanade for Boston Pops Spectacular. 21-minute fireworks display taking place at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. You can watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Tuesday night on WBZ-TV from 8-9 p.m. The national broadcast will be on CBS from 9-11 p.m. The show features musical guests Andy Grammar, Melissa Etheridge, and Leslie Odom Jr. from the musical Hamilton. The highlight is expected to be when the Pops play Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture,’ which will be accompanied by church bells and cannon fire.

Notable news found elsewhere:

Update on Keytar Bear’s GoFundMe

On June 16th, A fan of the Keytar Bear made a GoFundMe page to get Keytar Bear some new equipment. The original goal was to raise $500 for the street performer. However, in Just 17 days 481 people raised over $10,000 for the keytar playing bear.

Big Change coming for Traffic Lights

In the near future, the way that traffic lights have been managed may change. Instead of city engineers monitoring the lights, a computer algorithm could decide the traffic light patterns throughout the city. The goal of this project, part of Go Boston 2030, is to “Better move traffic along, reduce fender-benders caused by drivers trying to make it through the intersection before the light changes, and address safety concerns in general, for drivers as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.” More on The Boston Globe.

Short Term Rental Tax and Regulations Opposed by Realtors Association

On Beacon Hill, the plans to tax short-term rentals, like Air BNB, has been met with some opposition. According to Salem News, the tax could create an additional $50 Million for Massachusetts’ State budget. The Massachusetts Realtors Association has opposed the proposed tax because they believe that home owners should not have to pay additional taxes or uphold regulations for trying to earn extra money. More at The Salem News.

Waiting for Mike’s!


A calm evening by the Waterfront


Plan your events with the Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 5th

6:30 PM Next Level Fitness Bootcamp at Hanover Street and Cross Street. Get fit and stay healthy every week during the summer with Next Level Fitness!

Thursday July 6th

5:30 PM NEMPAC Summer Concert Series on the Prado. NEMPAC Summer Concert Series on the Prado in partnership with the Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Main Stage Concert 5:30 p.m. NEMPAC Student Feature Concerts are free and open to the public! This week Scanzonati will be performing. Enjoy Contemporary Italian Jazz Musicians Stefano Marchese and Andrea Pejrolo. Read full artist descriptions and find full details at www.nempacboston.org.

5:30 PM Boston Workplace Fitness on the Greenway at Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue. Cresa Boston would like to bring together employees in nearby offices to The Greenway to participate in a fitness program promoting wellness in the workplace. It’s all about networking, wellness and being outside on the beautiful Greenway! cresa.com/boston

6:00 PM North End Public Safety Meeting at the Nazzaro Center. Attended by Boston Police Area A-1 All North End / Waterfront residents are welcome to attend!

6:30 PM NEMPAC Board Meeting. (North End Music and Performing Arts Center) Meet at the Mariners House at 11 North Square for the NEMPAC Board Meeting. For more information call 617-227-2270 or go to nempacboston.org

From the Community: 

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Unions Endorse Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council. On Thursday June 29th, 32BJ SEIU, representing 18,000 property service workers in Massachusetts, Boston Teachers Union, representing 10,000 education professionals, and SEIU Local 888, representing over 8,000 public service and higher education workers in Massachusetts all gathered to announce their endorsement of Lydia Edwards for District 1 City Council.

Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.

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