In light of recent terror attack in Istanbul and Bangladesh, the cities of Boston and New York are taking extra measures to protect holiday revelers this July 4th.
The Gothamist reports on New York:
NYPD Increase Security, Safety Tweets For July 4th Weekend
It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and because holidays require ever-more-constant vigilance, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has assured the public that a sizable beefing-up of law enforcement is happening all across the five boroughs.
“We’re expecting a very safe July 4. We’ve put out extra layers of security in light of the recent terrorism events around the world,” Bratton said during John Catsimatidis’s AM 970 radio show Sunday morning, referencing events that have left dozens dead in Istanbul, Bangladesh, and, most recently, Baghdad.
“It’s a shared responsibility in this time of concern and awareness about terrorism to stay aware, to, if you see something you think is suspicious, are aware of something that raises a concern, pick up a phone and call, let us come check it out,” Bratton continued.
The Boston Herald reports on Beantown:
Security officials ready for 4th of July
Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies say they are prepared for any disturbance “imaginable” when the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns to the Esplanade and a national television audience tonight on CBS.
While admittedly “concerned” about recent attacks by Islamic State-inspired terrorists around the globe, state police Col. Richard McKeon said yesterday, “That’s part of our safety plan. We have no information indicating that there’s any threat to this event. Certainly if we did, we’d address that.”
McKeon, in his final pre-Fourth media briefing from inside the high-tech bunker that will serve as the big event’s unified command center, said, “To have a great time, we want to make sure that everybody is safe. We’re prepared for any type of incident, we believe, imaginable.”
The gates to the Charles River Esplanade will open to the public at 9 a.m. Permitted items must be contained in clear bags and only coolers that can be carried, not rolled in, will get past security checkpoints.
Other cities in the U.S. are undoubtedly taking similar measures and for good reason.
No matter where you are, we hope you have a safe and happy July 4th.