MELROSE — With the city cautiously emerging from a pandemic, the Chamber of Commerce will hold its popular Summer Stroll on Friday, July 30.

Come to downtown Melrose from 6 to 9 p.m., brush off those Covid blues, and be reminded of what makes our community so special… you and your neighbors.

In order to create a spacious pedestrian walkway, Main Street between Upham and Grove Streets and part of Essex Street will be closed to vehicles. Pedestrians will enjoy moving back and forth throughout the evening… shopping, browsing, eating and grooving to live music in several locations.

In addition to live entertainment, restaurants will sell and serve food and beverages on the sidewalk, while local merchants will offer specials, demos and sales at their businesses.

With the generous support of our 2021 Summer Stroll Presenting Sponsor The Residence at Melrose Station, a grant from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, the Summer Stroll is a fun evening of live music, dining and shopping locally. Patronize your favorite restaurants and retailers, while visiting ones that are new to you.

MBTA bus routes will be altered, and alcoholic beverages purchased off-premises are prohibited during the event.

Traffic advisory

On Friday, July 30, the following streets will be closed from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

• Main Street from Upham St. to Grove St.

• Essex Street from Main St. to Wood and Fire

• West Foster Street from Myrtle St. to Leonard Rd.

Please seek alternate routes.

Bus route changes

All routes outbound from Oak Grove station will take a right on Grove, left on Lebanon, left on Upham, right on Main Street, and then will follow the regular route.

All routes going inbound to Oak Grove station will take a left on Upham, right on Lebanon, right on Grove, and left on Main Street, then will follow the regular route.

Alcoholic beverages

Please be advised no alcoholic beverages purchased outside the Summer Stroll parameters are permitted.