This 4th of July marks the 41st Boston Pops Firework Spectacular. 

Led by longtime conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Orchestra will be performing with special guests The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, Boston Children’s Chorus, and The Phantom of the Opera. 

The concert begins at 8:30pm, with fireworks starting at 10:30pm. The performance ends at 11:00pm.

Admittance is free and works on a first come, first served basis. 

The performance itself will take place at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, with two secured areas at The Oval and The Island. Both checkpoints will open at 9:00am. 

Along with food vendors, there will be 800 gallons of free water made readily available.

To ensure the safety of all visitors, the following will be strictly enforced on the Esplanade:

Prohibited Items
  • No coolers on wheels
  • No backpacks
  • No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks
  • No glass containers
  • No cans
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No pre-mixed beverages
  • All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size
  • No grilling, propane tanks or open flames
  • No unattended bags
  • No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue, but most not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles etc will be subject to removal.
Allowed Items
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only
  • Pop up tents/canopies with no sides – maximum size 10×10 (no tents/canopies allowed on July 3)
  • Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10×10
  • Folding/beach chairs only
  • Coolers, must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheels)
  • After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

Across the river, the Cambridge side of the Esplanade offers sound towers, concessions, and spectacular views of the fireworks. 

The Massachusetts State Police have established a dedicated Text-A-Tip line for this year’s July 3rd and 4th celebration on the Esplanade in Boston. Anyone at the event or in the area of the Esplanade who sees anyone or anything suspicious or out-of-the ordinary, or anything that just doesn’t look right, is urged to contact police by either calling 911 or texting a tip. Additionally, anyone who has any information about any suspicious activity anywhere that may be connected to the event is likewise urged to call 911 or use the Text-A-Tip line. The Text-A-Tip numeric address for this year’s July 3rd and 4th events is 67283. Enter the characters B4 as the first two characters in the text.

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