Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
July 4, 2013
Celebrating 40 years!
GRAMMY® Award-winning, blues and soul musician, Susan Tedeschi; singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ellis Hall; singer/songwriter, Howie Day; recording artist Ayla Brown; and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will join Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, to be televised exclusively live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Thursday, July 4 (7:00 – 10:00 PM, live ET) on CBS BOSTON’S WBZ-TV. This year marks the eleventh year that WBZ-TV has carried the program.
The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, celebrating its 40th year, is an annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of America's leading insurers, offering auto, home and life insurance for individuals and families, as well as a variety of insurance products and services for businesses. The entire concert is broadcast in HD (high definition), courtesy of Liberty Mutual Insurance. In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
This year’s Spectacular keeps alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops’ now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons, the live ringing of church bells and fireworks. The concert will conclude with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which includes the ceremonial American flag drop and confetti shot. The Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry. Also for the first time in the show’s 40-year history, pyrotechnics will be fired off of the Mass Ave. Bridge as a key element to the main fireworks display.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fireworks show will be produced by New England-based, Atlas Pyrovision Productions. Featuring effects, adaptations and meaningful music themes that celebrate our country, our families and the unique American tradition of July 4th fun. They will also be producing the Special Effects Pyrotechnics off the Hatch Shell. These pyrotechnic devices are specifically designed in the United States for this event using “indoor” pyrotechnics.
The cannons will be fired off by the 101st Field Artillery Regiment. The regiment currently consists of 350 men and women from the 1st Battalion 101st Field Artillery based in Brockton, MA. Their Unit Alpha Battery 101st Field Artillery Second Corps Cadets are based in Danvers, MA and Fall River, MA.