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The Boston Pops is actually the name of the orchestra based in
Boston, famous for playing both light classical and pop music, but
the name has now lso become synonymous with the 4th July concert
held each year on the city's Esplanade, on the banks of the Charles
The Boston Pops 4th July concert is the highlight of the city's annual Independence Day celebrations, and is immediately followed by the spectacular 4th July fireworks display. In more recent years there has also been live TV coverage of the Boston Pops, making the event widely available to a much larger audience, an impressive feat with the amount of conflicting entertainment available on the average 4th July in the USA!
The highlight of the Independence Day celebrations is Boston is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, an outdoor concert that takes place in the Hatch Shell on the banks of the Charles River. The Oval itself opens at 9am on July 4th, and is usually full by 2pm so get there early!
There is also a Boston Pops concert on the Friday evening, 3rd July, from 8.30-10pm.
The full schedule of events for the day is:
09:00: Oval opens
12:00: Recorded music begins in Boston
19:00: WBZ News Radio coverage begins
20:00: Boston Pops broadcast begins
20:30: Boston Pops concert begins
22:30: Fireworks begin
23:00: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends
The headline performers at the Boston Pops concert for 4th July this year will be Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge and Leslie Odom, Jr.
The Boston Pops concert this year is being broadcast live by Bloomberg TV, which you can also watch live on mobile via their official site:
There is also typically coverage of the event on the local Boston TV station WBZ TV:
The live coverage of the event on the radio is a little easier to find though - the WBZ Newsradio 1030 coverage will be streaming live here:
You can also listen on WGBH Boston Public radio:
If you're in the Boston area on the 4th July then it is very much advisable to book your accommodation asap, an expect to pay a holiday premium rate; there's no real way around this unfortunately.
You can search for hotels, check availability at the above any many other venues, and make reservations for local hotels here.
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