Alcohol sales will be restricted in the city on 7 and 8 September due to Moscow’s 872nd anniversary celebrations. The sale of alcohol and glass-bottled soft drinks and juices will be prohibited in outlets, restaurants, pubs and cafes near public festivities’ venues. Restrictions will be in place in the downtown, in Tverskaya and Mokhovaya streets, Akademika Sakharova Prospekt, Tsvetnoi Bulvar, Trubnaya Square and Volkhonka Street, as well as in other districts.
“Security is to be enhanced during the City Day celebrations. Maintaining public order will be a priority. People in a state of alcoholic intoxication, with glass-bottled soft drinks, pyrotechnic devices or bladed articles won’t be allowed to festive venues,” the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities said.
The Press Service also said that alcohol sales restrictions are traditionally imposed during national and city festivities. It helps reduce the risk of injuries and offences in mass gathering places.
Alcohol sales will also be prohibited at fireworks shooting spots. Performances will start on 7 September, Saturday, at 21:00 at 33 sites in different parts of the city, with most of them in the parks. For instance, the fireworks show will be staged in the Hermitage Garden, in Kuzminki, Khodynskoe Pole, and Sokolniki. See the full list of shooting spots here.
How Moscow will celebrate City Day
This year, City Day events will take place on hundreds of venues in all districts of the city, with performances, ballets, concerts, and master classes to be held.
The central venue will be Tverskaya Street, traditionally pedestrianised on this day. The City Day will be centred around the 80th VDNKh anniversary. There will be four VDNKh-themed sites arranged in Tverskaya Street covering 40,000 sq m.
There will be 8 sports sites arranged during the festivities in Tverskaya street — a 35m swimming pool for SUP surfing, an 8m climbing wall, a parkour site, a skate park, a BMX and kickbike zone, a zip-line and highline routes, a freestyle slalom (figure roller-skating) rollerdrome. The sporting shows and classes will be running from morning till late at night.
City Day visitors can also enjoy 30 free tours of Moscow, with some of them about VDNKh's history. From 15 August to 6 September, the citizens and tourists are invited to a guided tour of VDNKh, Moscow parks, old palaces and estates, and historical streets of Moscow.
Moreover, a festive programme is to be held in 30 parks of the Moscow Department of Culture. Festivals, concerts, flash mob dances, sports games and master classes will be held in green areas. Visitors will be offered eventful and diverse programmes in Gorky Park, the Hermitage Garden, Zaryadye, Sokolniki, the Vorontsovo Estate and other recreation areas. See the celebrations detailed schedule on the parks’ websites.