Storrow Drive and Gloucester Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular started – like many things do – as just a simple idea. It started as a thought in September of 1973 when David Mugar suggested to Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler that in order to revive the diminishing Esplanade concert series it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with a few added extras.

For the next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were all added to the concert so that, as Fiedler said, “All hell could break loose.” And for the first time, a July 4th fireworks display took place over the Charles River.

Now 37 years later, Boston’s Fourth of July is known as the premier Independence Day celebration in the nation. Each year, since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River to celebrate America’s birthday.

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