Here in Boston, the Fourth of July is synonymous one thing: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This annual celebration of our country’s independence comes complete with breathtaking sights and sounds throughout the night. Whether you’re parked on a boat or on your butt, this incredible display on the banks of the Charles River is perfect for all ages.
Founded in 1885 as a branch of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Pops are the most celebrated orchestra in the entire United States. With a focus on light classics and popular music, they have performed across the world and with some of the biggest names in the business.
The current director, Keith Lockhart, has followed in the footsteps of two incredibly successful and revolutionary Pops directors, Arthur Fiedler and John Williams. Lockhart has led over 1,500 concerts with the Pops since 1995 and played a major role in the release of their first self-produced and self-distributed recordings (BSO.org)
The Hatch Shell will host concerts both Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:30 PM, but only Saturday’s performance (on the actual Fourth of July) will be followed by the famous fireworks show at 10:30 PM. Get there early for prime viewing positions, and prepare to be astounded as the barges launch over half an hour of show-stopping fireworks into the Boston skyline!
For more information on Boston’s Fourth of July celebrations, and on the Pops themselves, check out the event website here
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