Officials warn of heat advisory, road closures ahead of Boston’s July 4 celebrations

BOSTON (WHDH) - The heat is on this July 4 at the Esplanade. But it’s not keeping crowds away.

Instead, people have plotted and planned to make it, standing in the sun for hours to catch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

“I’m from Florida and this is even hot for me,” said concert-goer Kyle Wahler.

Tents and canopies, sunbrellas and trees shaded people from the rays on the Esplanade Wednesday.

“I tried to do a few minutes without (shade) but it was just too hot,” said Maria Flores of Malden.

Commuters trekking out to their Fourth of July celebrations will be dealing with road and lane closures in Boston.

Storrow Drive is closed in both directions as of 7 a.m.

At 4 p.m., Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side, along with Longfellow Bridge and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, were also closed.

Those looking to get to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular should take the T.

Subways will start operating at rush-hour levels at 2 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., all services will be free. However, bicycles will not be allowed on board.

Keolis is also working overtime to keep the Commuter Rail on track in the heat.

Most lines will be operating on a Saturday Schedule; however, the Fairmont Line will operate on a special event/holiday schedule.

The last outbound train times have been adjusted for anyone heading to the Esplanade.

Boston EMS has medical tents set up across the area. Still, if 90-plus degrees is simply too hot for you, there is an alternative.

“If anybody really feels under the weather, getting over something, got a chronic condition,” said Boston EMS chief Jim Hooley, “It’s a good one to sit out and watch on Channel 7 tonight.”

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be broadcast on 7News starting at 8 p.m.

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