Boston Pops July 4th event information
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4th of July and the Boston Pops
(featuring Jennifer Hudson, Michael Chiklis, MAMMA MIA!, United States Navy Sea Chanters, Dropkick Murphys, Keith Lockhart)
When: Wednesday, July 4
9:00 a.m. -- Oval opens
8:20 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. -- Concert
10:35 p.m. to 11 p.m. -- Fireworks
Where: Boston Esplanade. The event can also be experienced along the Charles River between the Longfellow and Mass. Ave. Bridges on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.
Details: Conductor Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will celebrate Independence Day during this year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.[more]
July 3 Event Information:
The Boston Pops Orchestra concert will begin at 8:20 p.m. and last till 10 p.m.
The concert and entertainment is typically the same as on July 4 with the exception of the 1812 Overture and cannons and the fireworks display.
The Oval will be opened to the public at 6:00 p.m.
General Event Information:
Boston's Fourth of July celebration is open to the community on a first-come, first-served availability at no cost.
For boating information, see Boating Restrictions.
The MBTA is the recommended means of transportation to get to the celebration. For information on public transportation, please contact the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or visit MBTA.com. Event organizers suggest the parking lot at 100 Claredon Street for those driving. For more info, see directions and parking info.
Be advised that all of the Esplanade area, including Memorial Drive, and the Cambridge side of the river are alcohol-free zones. Grills and other fires are also not allowed.
Handicap access is available. [More]
No overnight camping before the event.
Food and merchandise will be available.
Watching from the Hatch Shell Oval:
For Oval area (the lawn location directly in front of the Hatch Shell stage), the surrounding trees limit the view of the fireworks from the Oval. To get close to the Boston Pops Orchestra though, you need to locate within the Oval. [more]
A wristband is necessary at all times for access to the Oval prior to and during the event. Once the Oval fills up, typically about 7 p.m. on July 3 and mid-morning on the July 4, wristbands distribution will be discontinued.
Three, required, screening checkpoints will be set up for those entering the Oval on July 3 and 4. Objects prohibited during the day and subject to confiscation include:
- alcoholic beverages
- glass containers
- tarps that are larger than 5' by 7'
- sharp objects (such as knitting needles, metal tent spikes, can openers, metal utensils) [more]
Only service animals will be admitted inside the Oval. All other pets are not allowed.
(Information has been provided by Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation Inc.)