Boston National Historical Park

Boston National Historical Park

Park Regulations & Safety

Permits

Special Events
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

  • non-competitive sporting events
  • public spectator attractions
  • festivals
  • concerts
  • ceremonies
  • cultural programs

Commercial Filming/Photography
A photography/filming permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props. 

First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signature for petitions

Miscellaneous Activities
Other activities may require permits if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.

Accessibility

Both visitor centers (downtown and Charlestown Navy Yard) including rest rooms are accessible. Designated handicap parking spaces are located at the downtown and Charlestown Navy Yard visitor centers and at most Freedom Trail sites. Voice/TDD # (617) 242-5689.