BOSTON (CBS) —  Long-time WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes has been chosen as this year’s orator for Boston’s Independence Day Celebration, the city’s Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday.

In a statement, Walsh described Hughes as a “speaker who embodies America’s spirit of freedom and who celebrates equality and justice for all people.”

The celebration kicks off at 9 AM on July 4 at Faneuil Hall.

“I am proud to be among those who have orated this historic occasion and celebration before me,” Hughes said.

Previous orators included legendary chef Julia Child, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and former presidents John F. Kennedy and John Quincy Adams.

Later in the day, Hughes will be hosting the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show on the Esplanade, along with David Wade. That airs on WBZ-TV at 8 p.m. and will be streaming live on

The concert will also be streamed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, hosted by Joe Mathieu and Jordan Rich.

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