Boston addresses safety ahead of July 4 celebrations

BOSTON (WHDH) - City and state officials went over their safety plans Wednesday ahead of Boston’s July 4 celebrations next week on the Esplanade.

Around 700,000 people are expected on both sides of the Charles River to watch the Boston Pops performance and fireworks. As expected, a major public safety presence will also be there.

“Enjoy yourselves, be confident in your safety,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon.

In addition to hundreds of local and state police, federal agents and plainclothes officers will also be in the crowd. The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the attack in Istanbul but said there is no threat to the Esplanade in Boston.

Anyone who comes to watch the fireworks will be subject to a search at security checkpoints. Sharp objects, weapons and umbrellas are all banned. Small coolers are permitted but large coolers on wheels are not.

More information on banned items from Massachusetts State Police

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