There is no doubt traffic related to the Sand Sculpturing Festival will be noticeable during the next couple of days, and those coming to the beach are encouraged to take public transportation, ride-share services because there will be little parking.
Police Chief James Guido said there will be no shuttle from Suffolk Downs this year. He said last year they did have it, and it was not used by as many people as they had hoped. He encourages people to park in the Wonderland Garage and the Wonderland Marketplace parking lot.
“During the fireworks there will be huge traffic tie-ups for at least an hour,” Guido said, noting Revere Street, Ocean Avenue, Revere Beach Boulevard and American Legion Highway will be impacted Saturday night. “We’ll do the best we can.”
Revere Beach Boulevard will be closed from Elliot Circle to Chester Avenue from Friday, July 20, at 7 a.m. until Sunday, July 22, at 11 p.m.
After the Fireworks on Saturday night, Ocean Avenue will be closed for approximately one hour to allow pedestrians to exit safely.
Parking will be extremely limited throughout the entire event, so visitors are urged to please use public transportation if possible.
State Police troopers will conduct high visibility patrols along the venue and will be present to assist the public in case of any emergencies or safety concerns. Anyone in need of assistance should call 911 on their cell phone or approach a trooper on the beach.
The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad will be on scene Friday-Sunday and all bags and coolers are subject to search.
The public is asked to respect the rights of other festival visitors and beach goers. If any visitor to the beach sees anyone or anything suspicious, or anyone or anything that seems out of place for their surroundings, please report it to a Trooper or call 911 immediately.
Please note also that alcohol, drugs and weapons are prohibited on the beach.