4th of July Boston Pops celebrations on the esplanade
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The crowds were noticeably smaller at the Fourth of July Boston Pops celebration on the esplanade - due to the searing heat and tight security. Police worked overtime to make sure the event went off without a hitch.
Transit officer Richard Donohue led the July 4th celebrations on the esplanade Thursday night.
Donohue was injured following the shoot out in Watertown during the Boston Marathon bombings. He conducted the Boston Pops, taking over the podium and delighting the crowd with strength, courage and enthusiasm.
Bostonians weren’t going to let the heat or heightened security keep them from spending their July 4th at the Esplanade.
“I like the spirit of Independence Day, so I want to be here,” said Jeet Shangari who was enjoying the 4th on the Esplanade.
Even former Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said he made it a point to bring his family for the first time this year.
“This year we didn’t want to miss the fourth. I mean, this is a huge part of what Boston is,” said Ference.
After the Boston Marathon bombings, state police said they increased their usual safety plan here by several layers. It meant being screened with metal detectors to get in.
Cannons sounded honoring MIT officer Sean Collier who was killed following the bombings.
“We’re Collier strong, we’re Boston Strong,” said one woman.
The crowd was smaller than in past years but Governor Deval Patrick said it was likely due to the heat, not security.
“The outline of the shade is the outline of the crowd,” said Patrick.
By the time the fireworks blistered in the sky, the crowd looked as full and excited as the past 39 Fourth of July's at the Esplanade.