Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

2018 Spring Pops

2018 Spring Pops

2018 Spring Pops

2018 Spring Pops

2018 Spring Pops

Details Announced for the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
American singer/songwriter and Newton-raised Rachel Platten, whose mega-hit, "Fight Song," topped the charts worldwide, will join an all-star cast for the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The popular American singer/songwriter who topped multiple charts worldwide in 2015, and her 2016 album Wildfire was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In addition, the Boston Pops is also pleased to announce two Grammy-award winning artists who will be featured during the event: American musician and recent MacArthur Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens, the lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and a founding member of the acclaimed country, blues, and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Indigo Girls, the folk music American duo featuring singers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, two of the most successful singer-songwriters of their generation. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 (concert, 8-10:30 p.m.) and July 4 (concert and fireworks, 8-11 p.m.) will mark the first performances to take place in the renovated Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

The 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular-one this country's largest and oldest public Fourth-of-July events and one of the biggest annual outdoor concerts anywhere in the world-will also pay tribute to the legendary American musician Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) as part of an international celebration marking the centennial of his birth. The Pops is very happy to announce that the legendary singer/actor/dancer Rita Moreno, who played the role of Anita in the film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical, West Side Story, will make a special appearance on the July 3 and 4 performances in honor of the Bernstein centennial tribute.  Recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role, Rita Moreno is one of only twelve artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, including an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony.  The five musicians of this all-female guest artist lineup-Moreno, Platten, Giddens, Ray, and Salier-will all be making their debut with the Boston Pops. The program will also showcase members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony orchestras.  As is the tradition, a major 20-minute fireworks show designed by Grucci Fireworks, and accompanied by the music of the Boston Pops and other popular music of the past and present, will bring the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to an end.

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WHDH-TV will join  Bloomberg Television and the  BSO to simulcast the  2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular presented by Eaton Vance on July 4th beginning at 8:00 PM. One of the country's largest and oldest public Fourth-of-July events, the entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream.  In addition to the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, and, 8-11 p.m., digital stream access will expand to include and, two of the largest and most successful news information web sites in the country-with 9 million unique visitors monthly., which broadcast the live stream last summer, will also be joined by, adding yet another option for viewing the show online. Also new in 2018, a major viewing screen will be mounted on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, adding an additional public viewing site for the event. Details about the many ways to tune in to the live concert broadcast, including additional radio options and mobile phone video streaming capability, are outlined below. In addition, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular App for iOS and Android devices, introduced in June 2017 and providing up-to-the-minute detailed event, broadcast, and schedule information, will be available in early June.   

Alix Steel, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Daybreak Americas" on Bloomberg Television and Carol Massar, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Markets" on Bloomberg Radio, will return to co-host the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular performance and concert television and radio broadcasts, with additional reporting by Matt Miller, co-anchor of "Bloomberg Markets: European Open" on Bloomberg Television.  New to the hosting line up is Janet Wu, reporter/anchor for Boston Bloomberg Radio, who will report on the event via the digital streaming broadcasts.    

Eaton Vance, a leading global asset manager based in Boston, is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, is the major sponsor and media partner for the event.  Both Eaton Vance and Bloomberg made an initial three-year commitment to sponsor the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular beginning in 2017.

Quote From Keith Lockhart, Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor

"All of us at the Boston Pops are thrilled to be working for the first time with Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens, and the Indigo Girls, all of whom are extraordinary figures in the great and varied landscape of this country's musical offerings.  To add to this fabulous all-female lineup, we are also thrilled that Rita Moreno is part of our centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most remarkable and influential cultural figures in this country's history, to our fantastic audiences of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.  We are particularly proud to say that Bernstein, who was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Harvard University, made his professional conducting debut leading the Boston Pops from the Hatch Shell podium in 1941. So it is especially fitting that we will be feting him on the very spot that launched his extraordinary musical career.

"In addition to the broadcast on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, and, our media sponsor will expand its digital broadcast streaming options by adding and, Boston's go-to news web sites, as well as our very own

 "We are extremely grateful to both our Presenting Sponsor, Eaton Vance, and Major Sponsor and Media Sponsor, Bloomberg, whose exemplary support helps us continue to bring the very best of the Boston Pops to the citizens of Boston for our city's Fourth of July celebration. Quite simply put, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular would not be possible without the generous financial support of these great companies. To help defray costs associated with the event beyond these incredibly generous sponsorships, the Boston Pops will ask concertgoers and viewers to support the event through a text-to-give campaign. 

"Each year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular inspires us all to feel tremendous pride in our fantastic city, which played such an essential role in our country's founding, and which continues in a profoundly meaningful way to reflect the great American spirit." 

"The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is one of Boston's proudest moments each year and represents an amazing example of multiple forces throughout the city and state coming together to produce one of the largest public concerts to take place anywhere in this country or throughout the world. That is why it is exceedingly gratifying to know that the concerts on July 3 and 4 give back to the city and state by generating an estimated $23.1 million increase in economic activity for the City of Boston and $15 million for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  We are all incredibly fortunate to be part of this singular annual celebration, absolutely unique to the city of Boston and its appreciative citizens."

"Eaton Vance is pleased to once again support the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular as Presenting Sponsor. This cherished Boston institution remains the foremost annual celebration of our nation's founding values, a musical and entertainment extravaganza without peer.  Our support exemplifies Eaton Vance's commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and the special place this one-of-a-kind event holds in the hearts of its millions of fans."

"The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular features world-class music, celebrity performers, a tribute to the military, and stunning fireworks that celebrate and unify our nation and the city of Boston. Bloomberg is very proud to be the media partner, bringing this iconic event to an expanded global audience via our TV, Radio, digital, and mobile platforms." 

"The Boston Globe is extremely pleased to work with Bloomberg, The Pops, Eaton Vance, and the city of Boston to bring what is one of Boston's most iconic events to even more people. By streaming the Independence Day concert and fireworks on both and, we're opening up this wonderful celebration to the world and showcasing all that makes Boston a truly world-class city.  The Boston Globe knows and appreciates how collaboration can take events to another level."

"Each year, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a special opportunity to come together and celebrate America's rich history. The Commonwealth is proud to once again welcome families and visitors of all ages to the Esplanade this July to mark Independence Day."

"There is no place more fitting to celebrate Independence Day than Boston and I am excited that the continued tradition of the Firework Spectacular will mark its 45th anniversary this year. You can't ask for a better night than performances by the Boston Pops as well as guest artists and a firework display celebrating our independence in the place where it all began." 


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