2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular Concert
The 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular to take place at Tanglewood, where Keith Lockhart will lead a live televised and live streamed performance of patriotic favorites, with special appearances by Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and legendary singer Mavis Staples. The fireworks finale—to take place from the Boston Common in partnership with the City of Boston—will also be broadcast as part of the live televised broadcast, 8-10:30 pm.
Global asset manager Eaton Vance is Presenting Sponsor, marketing its fourth year as principal supporter of the July 4th event. Bloomberg is Major Sponsor and Media Partner, also marking its fourth year of commitment to the event.
Free tickets will be required for entry to the grounds. Tanglewood is working closely with parter organizations to invite veterans and other members of the military, first responders, health care workers, community groups, and sponsors as guests.
Free tickets will also be made available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis, with a four-ticket per household limit, starting at June 21 at 10am. Please return to this page for a link to tickets then.
Concert will be strictly limited to an audience of 9,000, per the allowance set for all Tanglewood Season Performances by the Berkshire local health authorities. Read the June 4 announcement about attendance cap and protocols for the 2021 Tanglewood Season.
Concert steam will broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7, from 8 to 11 pm. The concert will be available to stream on Bloomberg.com and on Bloomberg's mobile and Apple TV platforms for 24 days after the live performance.
This 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will be a televised, live-streamed concert to take place under the direction of Keith Lockhart from the stage of Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, Sunday, July 4, 8-11 p.m., broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7. The Boston Pops will partner with the City of Boston on a live fireworks display from the Boston Common, bringing the closing portion of the July 4th event back across the state to the city that has proudly presented this iconic, large-scale event since 1974. The Boston Common fireworks display will be carried by Bloomberg and locally in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7.
The event will consist of the Boston Pops/Keith Lockhart televised concert live from the Shed at Tanglewood (approx. 8-10:30 p.m.), with no fireworks planned at Tanglewood; the concert will be followed by a live fireworks display televised from the Boston Common (approx. 10:30-11 p.m.), with no concert sound or video planned for the Boston Common.
Keith Lockhart, who will direct his 26th Fourth-of-July program as Boston Pops Conductor, will lead a program featuring the extraordinary talents of headliners Jon Batiste—winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the Pixar film Soul, Grammy-nominated musician, television personality, and bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—and Mavis Staples—the legendary R&B, soul, and gospel singer, civil rights activist, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and Kennedy Center honoree.
In addition, the Six-String Soldiers of the U.S. Army Field Band—the most-followed military music group in the world—and members of the United States Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the USAF and the first premier military chorus to enlist women—will be featured in small ensemble and choral selections during the evening’s performance. Among the quintessential patriotic selections to be performed are "The Star-Spangled Banner," a salute to our armed forces medley, a patriotic sing-along, and the Boston Pops’ signature piece, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." No Boston Pops July 4th concert would be complete without a performance of Tchaikovsky’s "1812" Overture, which, in traditional style, will bring the musical portion of the evening to a close. Hosts for the July 4th program will be Bloomberg’s Alix Steel, Romaine Bostick, Janet Wu, and Joe Shortsleeve.
STATEMENT FROM KEITH LOCKHART, JULIAN AND EUNICE COHEN BOSTON POPS CONDUCTOR
"All of us at the Boston Pops are putting our hearts and souls into planning our Fourth-of-July live concert stream for the many wonderful fans of the Boston Pops and the July 4th holiday. We are thrilled that this special event will launch Tanglewood’s reopening and that we will have a chance to show Boston Pops fans across the country the great beauty and appeal of one of America’s most beloved summer music festivals."
"Though health concerns related to the pandemic have abated over the last few weeks, after careful consideration we determined there wasn’t enough time to organize the many forces needed to safely return to the Esplanade and present what is considered one of the largest concert events in the world. We decided that it just wasn’t advisable to squeeze what is normally a ten month planning period into a five-week window."
"When we return to the Esplanade next year, we look forward to working closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston to bring the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular back to the banks of the Charles River and to the extraordinary citizens of Boston and music fans worldwide."
"Until then, we invite you to tune into Bloomberg or Channel 7 to take in the sights and sounds of a July 4th program designed to celebrate a return to community life. We hope you will enjoy our rich array of American music and performers as they spotlight the hopes, dreams, and vision that we aspire to as citizens of this great and diverse country we call home."
"We’re thrilled that we will cap off our July 4th celebration with a wonderful fireworks display from the Boston Common, thanks to a fantastic partnership with the City of Boston."
"Happy Fourth to Boston Pops fans everywhere!"