Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public. The Spectacular is held at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, and the gates have already opened – with tens of thousands squatting small spaces along the thin line of grass that hugs the Charles River. However there is still plenty of time to get down there if interested because the actual concert doesn’t start until 8 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 10:30 p.m.
Where to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
This year the program will be broadcast live on both Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV, beginning at 8:00 PM. The entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream at Bloomberg.com, Boston.com, and the local gay bar, Cathedral Station, will be showing the event live from their bar if you want to watch with friends but not have to deal with the crowds.
This year’s line up
Massachusetts-native Rachel Platten will headline the show this year. She will be joined by the Indigo Girls, as will Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno and Broadway star Natlie Cortez, who will be starring in the world premiere of Moulin Rouge The Musical which will start its pre-Broadway run at the Emerson Colonial starting July 10th. The Boston Pops will also pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein, a Lawrence native, Harvard alumnus, and former music director of the New York Philharmonic.
The Boston Globe has a list of items you cannot bring past security check points. To read that full list link here (and scroll down). And for any other details you might want to know, check out the event’s official webpage, bostonpopsjuly4th.org.