And the Independence Day celebrations continue with this one-of-a-kind event. The annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert is in its 43rd year and is ready to show America one hell of a time! It’ll be the last Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular put together by founder David Mugar, who announced last year that he’ll be stepping aside and letting someone else produce the event after the 2016 celebration. If you can't actually be there in person, not to worry, the concert will be broadcast live during a unique two-hour special on CBS from the Charles River Esplanade starting at 9 p.m., Monday, July 4.
If you do plan on attending, gates open at 9AM and the pre-show festivities begin at 7:30PM. There are a number of prohibited items so please check that out before you head over to the DCR Hatch Shell. As you may know, Mugar started the fireworks concert in 1974 with legendary Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler. Under Mugar, the event began performing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with the night’s fireworks, cannons, and church bells, making the iconic composition synonymous with Boston’s Fourth of July celebration. You can see why the event is in its 43rd year. A true tradition in the heart of Boston, we are sad to see Mugar go but excited to see what the future productions have in store for us!
This year the live performance will feature artists Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who are currently on tour together. Usually the concert airs for one hour on network broadcasts and two hours locally, but the pop star guests garnered heightened coverage for the Boston tradition. The pair will perform some of their most popular hits—like Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer,” which hit number one on iTunes in 37 countries within hours of its release, and Jonas’s triple-platinum single “Jealous”—with the Boston Pop Orchestra, led by conductor Keith Lockhart. The free concert attracts more than half a million fans to the Esplanade each year. Don't worry if you miss out on Lovato and Jonas, as we mentioned earlier, the pair are on the road together and will be performing again in Boston at the TD Garden July 20 for their “Future Now” tour.
We are truly excited to see these two perform on the most patriotic day of the year in our very own hometown (and for the fireworks as well)! Join us as we devour the details of the 4th of July with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular!