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Officials Prepare for Boston's July 4th Celebration

Security checkpoints will confiscate things such as backpacks and coolers on wheels

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    City and state officials discussed the preparations for the July 4th holiday, including security and caution about illegal fireworks.

    (Published Friday, June 30, 2017)

    Although police say there are no credible threats to the 44th Annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, they're not taking any chances when it comes to security.

    During a press conference Friday, authorities said security plans have been underway for months.

    "We will deploy a multi-layered, multi-agency security plan," Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon said.

    Security checkpoints will confiscate things such as backpacks and coolers on wheels. Click here for more on what you can and can't bring.

    BPD Commissioner Evans Discusses July 4th Safety

    [NECN] BPD Commissioner Evans Discusses July 4th Safety

    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans discussed safety ahead of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

    (Published Friday, June 30, 2017)

    Meanwhile, a drone recently used at the Boston Marathon and Sail Boston will also be hovering above, which highlights just how prepared officials are for the event, according to the state.

    "Nowhere in 2017 is there three events like this within a three-month time period," Homeland Security Undersecretary Patrick McMurray said.

    But even with all those measures in place, police will be looking to the public to be on the lookout for any sign of trouble as the celebration gets underway.

    "If you see something out of the ordinary, grab one of the public safety officials, call 911," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "We'd rather be safe than sorry."

    In conjunction with their efforts, the Boston Police Department also asked the public to aid them in their efforts. Complaints and concern over illegal fireworks have increased in recent years, adding to the workload officers have during the holiday.

    "Over the last week, at different community meetings, they're constantly on my case about doing something about the fireworks," said Commissioner William Evans.

     The city of Boston will also have parking restrictions and road closures in connection with the holiday. Click here for Fourth of July traffic advisories.

    The 44th Annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place on Tuesday, July 4.

    The night begins with a concert from Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at 8 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on Boston's Charles River Esplanade.

    Other guests for the event include singers Andy Grammer, Leslie Odom Jr., Melissa Etheridge and Brian Stokes Mitchell. 

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