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Charles River Esplanade
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The Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart are thrilled to announce the 2022 return of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to the Charles River Esplanade after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will take place under the direction of Keith Lockhart from the stage of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Shed, Monday, July 4, 8-11p.m., broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7.
The 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular proudly continues the Boston Pops’ historic tradition of sharing the gift of a free musical celebration with its hometown. Keith Lockhart, who will direct his 27th Fourth-of-July program as Boston Pops Conductor, will lead a program featuring the Boston Pops orchestra, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums.
Program details and special guest performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2022 Fireworks Spectacular will include a special moment in memory of David Mugar, whose support of Boston’s Independence Day celebration starting in 1974 transformed the event into one of the most recognized Independence Day celebrations in the country.
This year, the July 3rd rehearsal will be closed to the public to focus on the return of the Fourth of July holiday celebration.
The 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is free and open to the public and is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade located at 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA.
History of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular:
Nearly ninety years ago, before Arthur Fiedler became Conductor of the Boston Pops, he was struck with an idea that was to transform the orchestra’s relationship to the City of Boston. He believed that if great literature was available for free in public libraries, and masterpieces of art could be viewed for a modest fee in museums, then great symphonic music should be accessible to the masses on a similar basis.
Fiedler, who was at the time a violist in the Boston Symphony, as well as a conductor of his own ensemble, set about raising funds to bring his idea to fruition. After two years, on July 4, 1929, the first free Esplanade Concert was performed at the specially constructed acoustic shell along the banks of the Charles River.