Hundreds Of Thousands Show Up For Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Hundreds of thousands of revelers with American flags and picnic coolers descended on the Esplanade in Boston for the annual fireworks show and Boston Pops concert.

About a half-million people attend the yearly event, which includes a traditional concert by the Boston Pops and a rendition of the “1812 Overture” during the start of the fireworks display over the Charles River.

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People started staking out spots on the Esplanade early Monday, and spent the day. Fans from all over the country showed up.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports on this year’s rush to get a seat

This year’s event featured actor Michael Chiklis and singer Martina McBride.


WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

McBride put on a fantastic performance for fans despite short notice. She was a last-minute fill-in when Lionel Richie backed out due to a reported illness.

Chiklis became the first host with Massachusetts roots.

He was also the first host to perform with the Pops.

Chiklis co-wrote a song dedicated to US troops called “Til I Come Home.”

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  1. Tom says:

    The music is great but where is the diversity – all whites – not very inclusive!

    1. Cris says:

      lol! Because only white people think it’s worth the 5am wait ! ;)

  2. Fuzzie49 says:

    I always looked forward to watching the Boston Pops on A&E on the 4th of July, especially the 1812 Overture. Now it is nothing but a commercial piece of junk on CBS. All it is is the “stars” of the show and the fireworks. I can see fireworks in a dozen cities where I live. I want the Pops back on a station where I can see the whole show. They have the Capital 4th on PBS, what about the Pops!

  3. Fredster says:

    Did they even play the 1812 while it was on tv? I caught the last 1/2 hr and never saw it, then the show was ending.

  4. C. L Lamb~ says:

    I remember years ago, they had some footage where some little kids just couldn’t stnd it anymore & just stood up & were dancing all over the place! It was really great to see the pure joy & happiness on the little kids faces. I know that video is on YT somewhere…I just wish I could find it again. *Without doubt, watching the spontaneous joy & excitement in the little kids is the BEST part of the Whole Show! GO POPS!

  5. Angie says:

    What a fiasco… the first two hours were carried on WBZ, the local CBS affiliate. The CBS took over for the remaining hour and it was nothing but commercials and recorded music. In case you didn’t catch it, the William Tell Overture was played before the CBS show when the Pops packed up their gear and left.

  6. Doug says:

    The show was great right up until CBS took over. The music while the fireworks were going off took away from the entire experience while watching on TV. Give the entire show back to the locals and keep CBS out of the picture.

  7. Rhonda says:

    Why is it that Boston / New England has to listen to “Country” music? We have been to the 4th Concert many times and it seems that is mostly what Keith L. chooses. Yes, in the past they have had Neil Diamon (great!) and some others. We need more of that. Not ths country stuff. (As in Tricia Yearwood one year)
    L. Ritchie would have been perfect. BUT, this Martina MC?????? This is Boston. We need cosmopolitan, current music/artists. What’s next Willie Nelson? (Dear God!). It just makes me flintch when I think that all of USA is tuning into the Boston Pop’s and it us YET ANOTHER COUNTRY MUSIC FEST!
    NECN did a commentary in this fact the other day. I agree. It is true. This is not Alabama…… This is Boston. Get rid of the county trend. Maybe we can have L. Ritchie next yr! Anything but country.

  8. blackbear1 says:

    What is wrong with you. Martina McBride was great!! Ritchie stinks. Glad he could not make it. And I listen to all styles of music.

  9. CI64 says:

    DIDNT LIKE THE CAMERA SHOT OF THE FIREWORKS – TOO MUCH ZOOMING IN AND OUT.. SOME OF THE FIREWORKS WERE SHOWN OVER QUINCY MARKET BUILDING – THIS COULD NOT HAPPENED FROM THE CHARLES RIVER – AND FROM BEING FENWAY PARK (BEHIND THE PRESS BOX AREA) – FOLLOW THE LEAD FROM MACY’S FIREWORKS OUT OF NYC = THEY DID A GREAT JOB SHOWING THE BARGES AND ALL THE FIREWORKS – NO CLOSE UP… NEED TO CHANGE FOR NEXT YEAR

  10. Willow says:

    I love all kinds of music too. Anyone who doesn’t like country music had the opportunity to just not go to the show, or change the channel. Did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps the list isn’t very long for people who even WANT to perform in Boston? Thank goodness we have some wonderful country singers, and you can even understand the words of the songs.

  11. Dolly says:

    I, too, am not a music SNOB. Boston is a wonderfully diverse city, and the Maestro’s choice of performers reflects this. Keep it coming Keith!

  12. Jean McAloon says:

    Does anyone know if the child that was missing was found? i watched the news at noon, and nothing was mentioned. I hope no news is good news.
    Since the show has gone national much of the fun and continuity has been taken away due to endless commercial breaks. Mr Fiedler started this tradition for the entertainment of the people of Boston and Massachusetts. TV, both national and local, are now running the show. The wait for the concert to start has been pushed back to 8:30 and the commercial breaks are endless. Why not give us back the wonderful concerts we had before all these TV execs got involved, the show was far better no matter who the performers were, and there has been a very diverse list!

    1. Joanne says:

      Hi Jean,

      Yes, the child was found! We were sitting along the river and a big cheer went up when they located her. Too bad they didn’t let people know….

  13. B says:

    Love the Pops, we went to the concert last year, but the show on CBS was very disappointing. There were only 5 songs, lots of commercials and the 1812 Overture was incomplete. Please bring back the whole concert like when it was on A&E. Watching the Capital 4th concert on PBS was more enjoyable.

  14. JEM says:

    I AGREE WITH C164, THE CAMERA SHOTS OF THE FIREWORKS WAS DEPLORABLE AND THE HOUR WAS FILLED WITH COMMERCIALS. PRIOR TO THE BOSTON FIREWORKS I ALSO WATCHED NY AND THEIR SHOW WAS GREAT AND THE CAMERA WORK EXCEPTIONAL. NOT ENOUGH OF THE POPS, VERY DISAPPOINTING.

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