Oh, say can you see those super-Boston-imposed fireworks at this year’s Boston Pops Independence Day spectacular? What we natives so proudly hail as the greatest city around, the twilight of works will be gleaming with NO Boston theme.
Last year, the Pops production popped up images like Fenway Park and the State House as works boomed within. The reproduction was a little off and forced on viewers. Taking away from the beauty of the flames.
“The public spoke … people didn’t care for it,” said Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for Boston 4 Productions. “We always try new and different things. We always look at the event and what would enhance the broadcast.”
Turning 39 this year, the Boston Pops will sparkle our Fourth of July on the banks of the Charles River. “From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam…”
Millions tune into the CBS broadcast for the nation’s premiere Independence Show. Happy Birthday America!
The Hatch Shell opens at 9am, usually fills up by 2pm and the works bang the city by 8pm. FREELY.
Alcohol, glass containers and tarps larger than 8’ x 10’ will be confiscated if you plan on hatching it up at the Oval. If you don’t get a wristband to hang in the Shell all day. Don’t worry you can catch the rockets beaming the Boston skyline all over the Back Bay.
It’s an all-day summer affair. Recorded live music will keep the grounds entertained early. As the Pops get ready to ship it with Fleet Week, The Drop Kick Murphy’s, Hollywood Jennifer Hudson, Mama Mia cast, Actor Michael Chiklis, and Keith Lockhart who will all be center stage for the halftime show.
Not only are the Drop Kick’s Boston bright, Chiklis is a hometown native who will shoot our homes this Fall as gangster Vincent Savino in the upcoming CBS drama series “Vegas”.
We’ll be going Way Way Back, to Marshvegas for the Fourth but it doesn’t matter if we’re on the banks of the Charles River, a Castle Island feet or bobbing on a boat off Plymouth harbor.
We are free because of the BRAVE! Take a moment during your holiday red, white and blue to remember the sacrifices made by brave American service members that continue to defend our country and protect our freedom!
Boston’s annual 4th of July Pops concert is gearing up for yet another year of amazing musical performances, crowds decked out in patriotic regalia, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display over the Charles River.
This year’s celebration will be helmed by Massachusetts native Michael Chiklis, and will feature Grammy and Oscar winner Lionel Richie as the evening’s special musical guest. Richie will of course be backed by the world renowned Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.
Chiklis, who was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston University’s School for the Arts, has worked most recently on “No Ordinary Family” and is best known for his role on the FX Networks series, “The Shield.”
The 38th annual outdoor concert on Monday, July 4th, begins at 8:30PM and leads up to the fireworks display at 10:30PM, and will be nationally broadcast on CBS.
In prior years, the special event has been hosted by “Late, Late Show” host Craig Ferguson, and featured the musical stylings of the likes of Toby Keith and Neil Diamond. This year’s celebration is expected to draw close to 500,000 spectators that will fill the oval in front of the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, as well as line the blocked off areas of Storrow Drive.
★ Rhode Island filmed “Body of Proof” earns high ratings in its first run.
★ Burlington, MA’s Amy Poehler to speak at this year’s Harvard graduation.
★ Bridget Moynihan talks about her past relationship with New England Patriot Tom Brady.
★ Boston-born Mario Cantone joins cast of new NBC show.
★ Kate Middleton is a distant cousin of Ellen DeGeneres, as uncovered by the New England Historical Genealogical Society.
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