Changes in July 4th fireworks after marathon bombing

Posted: 06/25/13 at 12:00 pm EDT      Last Updated: 06/25/13 at 11:27 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Thousands are expected to pack Boston and the Esplanade to celebrate the 4th of July, but in light of the Boston Marathon bombings, officials are putting more security measures in place.

Event organizers have released a list of items that are allowed and not allowed at this year’s event:

Prohibited items:

-- No coolers on wheels
-- No backpacks
-- No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks
-- No glass containers
-- No cans
-- No pre-mixed beverages
-- All liquids will be carried in a sealed, clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size
-- No grilling, propane tanks or open flames

Allowed items:

-- Pop up Tents/Canopies with no sides - maximum size 10x10 (no Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3rd)
-- Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10 x 12
-- Folding/Beach Chairs only
-- Coolers, must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheels)
-- All personal items must be carried in clear bags only
-- After inspection, Small clutch bags/purses, may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

"On July 4th, I look forward to joining the hundreds of thousands of people who will come to the Boston and Cambridge sides of the Charles River to hear the Boston Pops and other artists, to watch the fireworks, and to celebrate the birth date of our country. I have no doubt that this will be another great 4th of July in Boston and Cambridge,” said Kurt Schwartz, the undersecretary for Homeland Security.

Event organizers say the extra security could cause delays getting around, so they suggest you give yourself extra time when going to the esplanade.

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