BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston is always the place to be on the Fourth of July, and for some people, it’s an all-day party.

People got to the Esplanade bright and early on Wednesday morning to get a spot right in front of the Hatch Shell.

GALLERY: Fourth of July 2012

The oval opened at 9a.m. and there was a mad dash to secure the best spots for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports from the Esplanade

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong speaks with spectators

This year, Independence Day coincided with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. To mark the occasion, the Blue Angels performed a flyover during the annual USS Constitution turnaround cruise.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports from the USS Wasp

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cop reports from the USS Constitution


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