July 4, 2015
Following last year's first-ever live webcast of the event, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will stream live online AT BOSTONPOPSJULY4th.org, bringing Boston's famous July 4 celebration once again to a worldwide audience.
Details have been announced for the 42nd annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as conductor of both the Pops and the annual July 4 concert on the Charles River Esplanade. This year, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will be joined by a varied line-up of performers, including Broadway performer Michael Cavanaugh; American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle; Boston-based quartet, the Sons of Serendip; the Boston Crusaders drum and bugle corps; gospel singer and The Voice contestant Michelle Brooks-Thompson, and the USO Show Troupe.
"There are few concerts that I've conducted that come close to the thrill of leading the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the greater Boston community and visitors hailing from far and wide, all of whom gather together on the Esplanade to celebrate one of our nation's most important holidays," said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. "Though this will be my 20th Fireworks Spectacular, it remains absolutely inspiring to see and hear the crowd's terrific response to our great Pops traditions-the 1812 Overture, the Stars and Stripes, and the annual Patriotic sing-along, as well as to the many extraordinarily talented guest artists who grace the Esplanade stage each year-this year including Michael Cavanaugh, Melinda Doolittle, Sons of Serendip, the Boston Crusaders, Michelle Brooks-Thompson, and the USO Show Troop."
"We are happy to once again partner with WBZ-TV for the broadcast of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and provide viewers a chance to celebrate at home with us on the Esplanade! This is a treasured event for the City of Boston and we hope the tradition can continue," said Executive Producer David G. Mugar.
This year's program will be hosted by WBZ-TV News anchors Lisa Hughes and David Wade and will feature members of WBZ-TV News: WBZ-TV evening anchors Liam Martin and Paula Ebben, Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher, and Sports Director Steve Burton. It will also air locally on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM hosted by Jordan Rich and WBZ's morning news anchor Joe Mathieu beginning at 7p.m. WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will also stream the entire event live on CBSBoston.com. Additionally, the audio of the broadcast can be heard live on the FM dial on 99.5 WCRB, WGBH's listener-supported classical radio station beginning at 8:00p.m. with Ron Della Chiesa and Laura Carlo.
BOSTON POPS' VIRTUAL FIREWORKS CONTEST
In conjunction with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, the Boston Pops is running a contest for individuals to create their own fireworks video display and enter it in the Boston Pops' Virtual Fireworks Contest. The contest winner's video will be featured during the July 4th Live Stream of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, as well as posted and shared across the Boston Pops' social media. To create their own virtual fireworks, individuals should visit http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/contest/ to download the Fireworks Simulator and create their fireworks show. Once the fireworks display video is complete, individuals can upload their video to YouTube and email the link to email@example.com to be automatically entered into the contest. Entries must be received by noon on July 2.
The winner of the Boston Pops' Virtual Fireworks Contest will also receive a weekend getaway package for two to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The package will include transportation, one night lodging, a picnic basket for two, and a pair of lawn tickets to the last concert of the Tanglewood season:Saturday, September 5, featuring Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
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ADDITIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015 BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
In addition to the aforementioned lineup of guest artists, this year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will feature several of the event's treasured traditions including the Pops' now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which features real cannons, the live ringing of area church bells, and fireworks. Also on the program is 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. The family-owned and -operated Fireworks by Grucci, known as "America's First Family of Fireworks," are honored to produce this year's performance. The Gruccis, now in their 6th generation, have transformed the night skies to the delight of millions across the globe since 1850.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be televised exclusively on CBS Boston's WBZ-TV from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is an annual, free outdoor 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 final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free by Liberty Mutual Insurance.