September 1st is move-in day for Boston. With 60+ universities in and around Boston, most apartments have leases that start 1-Sept to accommodate the student population. Walking through the city this evening, evidence of people readying to move was apparent.
Starting 31-Aug, there will not be a spare rental truck available in all of eastern MA. The city streets will be filled with used furniture and other discarded belongings and moving vans/trucks will be double parked along bustling streets making it impossible to get around.
Although the summer officially does not end until the third week of September, the influx of students moving into their apartments will revive Boston and signals that autumn has arrived.