http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org Hatch Shell
Charles River Esplanade
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The 2023 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 28th 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.
Tuesday, July 4 | 8-11pm
Hatch Memorial Shell at the Charles River Esplanade
Boston's legendary Independence Day concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops is back! Award-winning R&B/soul group En Vogue headlines this year’s show, featuring Grammy-nominated performers Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett. Also taking the stage with the Boston Pops are...
This spectacular show will include your patriotic favorites and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, followed by a thrilling fireworks display over the Charles River.
Know before you go:
The 2023 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.