5 Things that are different about Fourth of July in Boston during COVID-19

An area that tends to thrive during holidays such as the 4th of July, although COVID-19 has changed things across the country, the celebration will surely continue in 2020. Nevertheless, many things have changed and if you're preparing to spend your holiday in Boston this year, there are a few things you need to be aware of. With that in mind, here is a list of things that will different about the 4th of July in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks On One of the main things to beware of is that, like many other areas, Boston does still have a mask mandate in place. Be sure to bring your masks and that you are wearing them in public places. This applies to everyone over the age of 2 year

It's not you, There has been a lot of Illegal Fireworks in Boston this Summer

Although the 4th of July is a time in which fireworks displays are all the rage, this year, things have been a little different. All over the country, people have been creating their own illegal fireworks displays, with no regard for those around them. Indeed, although fireworks are meant to be for fun and celebration, illegal fireworks are disruptive and dangerous. Nevertheless, the city of Boston has grown tired of these displays and is doing something about it. Boston Fireworks Task Force Under the direction of Mayor Marty Walsh, the city has created a new task force with the sole purpose of cracking down on illegal fireworks in the area. This widespread initiative will include efforts fr

Guide to Donate and Support the Black Community in Boston

As protests erupted across the country in response to police brutality against black lives, thousands took to Boston’s streets to march and rally in a show of support. Protesting is a solid way to show unity and share perspective, but it is not always an option for everyone. Whether for personal reasons or the threat of coronavirus looming around every corner, many ask what they can do or how they can help in other ways. Whether you have made it to a peaceful protest in Boston or not, there are many other ways to support the Black Community. Support goes beyond protesting or likes and shares on social media. When you donate supplies, money, or time to improving black lives, you are also supp

Boston Pride 2020 and the History of Boston LGBTQ Pride

The entire month of June is Pride Month and Boston Pride is still going strong, even if they are virtually this year. 2020 marks the 51st anniversary of the 1969 Manhattan Stonewall Uprising and riots that launched pride parades all across the country in the fight for LGBTQ equality. The first pride celebration occured in June of 1970, but the first LGBTQ Pride March happened in Boston in June 1971, one year after New York’s first pride parade to memorialize Stonewall. Boston Pride is all about community and acceptance while fighting against hate and misunderstanding. Pride marches and festivals allow attendees to be who they feel inside without fear of repercussions. There’s pride in marchi

10 New Awesome Outdoor Restaurant Patios in Boston in 2020

With the coronavirus forcing people to keep their distance, and the nice weather making everyone itch to get outside, here are 10 outdoor patios to check out in the Boston area this summer. 1) Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen 190 N. Beacon St. Brighton, Boston 617-903-3766 www.bratobk.com Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen has a new, outdoor beer garden in a paved lot in Brighton. Here you can enjoy a home brewed summer saison and enjoy menu items like a Korean chili-spiced lobster roll. 2) Yellow Door Taqueria 354 Harrison Ave. South End, Boston 857-239-9276 www.yellowdoortaqueria.com The Ink Block may soon become known as the Taco Block with this great taqueria. Check out the “margarita garden” between Ye

Police certification program bill filed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

In the wake of racial violence and police misconduct around the country, Massachusetts is on its way to improve standards and accountability for police officers. A reform bill filed by Governor Charlie Baker on June 17th, drafted after nearly a year of conversations with the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, must be passed before the General Court's two year session ends on July 31st. Some provisions of the bill, including licensing requirements for officers, have garnered the support of anti-racism activists, police unions, and advocacy organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The certification program for police officers will be similar to those for nur

Tear gas and rubber bullets would be limited with proposed Boston ordinance

The Boston City Council is considering adopting an ordinance to ban rubber bullets, tear gas, and other chemical agents except in limited circumstances, Boston.com has reported. The move comes in the wake of mass protests around the world following the death of George Floyd, a black man in who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. Councilors Ricardo Arroyo and Andrea Campbell, the two lead sponsors of the proposed ordinance, say tear gas and rubber bullets should only be used to control crowds when demonstrations have grown violent or destructive. The two claim that Boston police used the tactics against peaceful protestors in recent weeks, but Boston Police and Massach

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