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Boston’s Fourth of July

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The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known as America’s premier Independence Day celebration. The event was founded in 1974, when David Mugar suggested to famed Boston Pops conductor, Arthur Fiedler that, in order to revive the diminishing Esplanade concert series, it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with a few extras. For the next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were added to the concert so that, in Fiedler’s own words, “All hell could break loose.” For the first time, a July Fourth fireworks display took place over the Charles River. Boston’s coveted July 4th event sees over 500,000 visitors from New England and around the globe; all coming to experience it in person.

In September 2016 David Mugar, longtime Executive Producer of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular announced that, starting in 2017, the Boston Pops will produce the July 4th Esplanade events. Going forward, Mr. Mugar, who announced his retirement from his leadership role of the event in March 2016, will now take on an advisory role. Following the protocol of all recent July 4 events, the Boston Pops will work closely with local and state officials on all aspects inherent to the success of the event.

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