BOSTON – Building on the success of the last three years of Open Newbury Street events, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that “Open Newbury Street” will continue this year over a series of three Sundays this summer. From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 14th, August 25th and September 15th, Newbury Street will become a pedestrian-only walkway, closing to vehicles to allow pedestrians the opportunity to use the full width of the street. Newbury Street will be pedestrian-only from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue.
“I am excited to once again host the Open Newbury Street series, now in its fourth year,” said Mayor Walsh. “This series has become an anticipated summer event and I hope residents and visitors will be able to experience all that Open Newbury Street has to offer. The family event is designed to welcome all, and I look forward to residents and visitors enjoying popular Newbury Street as a pedestrian path.”
“Having talked with consumers and other business owners, everyone I’ve talked to agrees that Open Newbury Street makes strolling and shopping a richer experience. With restaurants outside and activities to take part in-it’s a fantastic experience,” said Jennifer Hill, owner of Kitchenwares by Blackstones at 215 Newbury Street. “I hope it will continue every year!”
Parking will once again be restricted on Newbury Street and adjacent streets with enforcement beginning at 5:00 a.m., and signs will be posted informing drivers of the change.
All businesses will be encouraged to promote the event on social media using #OpenNewbury and make customers aware of the car-free day ahead of time. The public is encouraged to utilize the several different MBTA routes that service the area in addition to bicycling and walking. For more information, those interested can visit the event’s website here. For a complete list of street closures for Open Newbury Street, you can visit here.