Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular July 4, 2019, 8PM
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is free and open to the public and is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade located at 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019
Includes all guest artists. No fireworks.
GATES OPEN AT APPROXIMATELY 5PM
8:00PM: Concert begins
10:00PM: Concert ends
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019
Concert & Fireworks
GATES OPEN AT 9AM
8:00PM: Concert begins
10:30PM: Fireworks begin
11:00PM: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends
*All dates/times/information subject to change
Official Chauffeured Transportation
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Details Announced for 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade
The headliner for the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, is Queen Latifah—Grammy-, Emmy-, and Golden Globe award winner and Academy Award nominee—who will be featured in a selection of hits from her diverse catalog, which touches on genres including jazz, rap, R&B, Broadway, and more. Boston’s premier Independence Day celebration will also include musical icon, songwriter, storyteller, and singer Arlo Guthrie, who will perform a musical tribute a half-century in the making—Summer of ’69—commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Guthrie will take audiences back to a year of unprecedented scientific exploration, social change, and creative ferment with songs that he performed at Woodstock, as well as other popular selections from his eclectic output. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV on July 4 from 8-11 p.m. will be available for streaming on Bloomberg.com. The concert stream can also be viewed on Bloomberg’s mobile and OTT platforms across Apple TV. 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.
In addition to the performances by Queen Latifah (debuted with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in 2017) and Arlo Guthrie (debuted with the Boston Pops on July 4, 2001 and performed with Pops during the 2019 season at Symphony Hall), the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will also spotlight two popular acts from America’s Got Talent. They include 16-year-old vocal phenomenon Amanda Mena, a Massachusetts native and a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent whose memorable audition earned her the coveted Golden Buzzer, sending her straight through to the live show in 2018, and the three-time Emmy Award-winning classical crossover vocal trio, The Texas Tenors, the highest-ranking music group in the history of America’s Got Talent (making it to the top four finalists in the show’s fourth season), whose sales are the third highest in the history of the show.
The 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular—one of this country’s largest and oldest public Fourth-of-July events and one of the biggest annual outdoor concerts anywhere in the world—will open with the event’s traditional F 15 Eagle flyover, by the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts, followed by a special flag presentation by the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington, D.C. The Pops is also pleased to present the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus, who will perform patriotic classics and new favorites.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place on July 3 (concert, 8-10:30 p.m.) and July 4 (concert and fireworks, 8-11 p.m.) at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. There will also be a large viewing screen and sound towers installed on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, to accommodate Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fans on the other side of the Charles River. In addition to the screens along the Charles River, a large screen will be mounted for the second year in a row on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for additional public viewing.
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 2019 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. Janet Wu, reporter/anchor for Boston Bloomberg Radio, will report on the event via the digital stream and will host the portion of the broadcast with highlights from the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Eaton Vance, a leading global asset manager based in Boston, is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 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.
Statement from Keith Lockhart, Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor
One of my greatest privileges as Boston Pops Conductor is leading this country’s premier Independence Day celebration for the wonderful citizens of Boston and all those who travel from far and wide to visit this vibrant and historic city we are so fortunate to call home.
Creating programs for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular presents us with a daunting yet welcome challenge—to craft a program that will appeal to the varied musical tastes of the enormous crowd of individuals who gather each year to help us celebrate our country’s founding. From the incredible energy and diverse selections of Queen Latifah, to a performance by the legendary Arlo Guthrie in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, a special appearances by two recent star acts of America’s Got Talent—Amanda Mena and The Texas Tenors, and poignant patriotic moments from the United States Air Force Honors Guard and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus, we hope our musical offering will inspire moments of joy and inspiration for everyone attending this extraordinary celebration.
All of us at the Boston Pops feel tremendous gratitude to Eaton Vance, Presenting Sponsor, and Bloomberg, Major Sponsor and Media Partner, without whose support this event would not be possible. We are also deeply thankful to Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and the many federal, state, and city departments and dedicated employees who work so tirelessly to look after the safety and well-being of all who attend the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
I know I join many here in Boston and around the country when I say that my wish for this year’s Fourth of July is that all Americans come together in a spirit of celebration around the foundational ideas and shared history that have guided us through both good and difficult times since the country’s founding 243 years ago.
Quote from Thomas E. Faust, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton Vance
Eaton Vance is proud to continue as Presenting Sponsor of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the third consecutive year. This unparalleled annual celebration of our nation’s independence brings extraordinary live music, fireworks and unbridled joy to countless celebrants assembled on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and participating remotely through Bloomberg media. This summer’s event promises to be another outstanding show.
Quote from Al Mayers, Global Head of Bloomberg Television and Radio
Quote from Governor Charlie Baker
Quote From Mayor Martin J. Walsh
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be broadcast on Bloomberg Television. If you have DISH or DirectTV, Bloomberg Television is on the same channel regardless of where you are in the Greater Boston area:
DISH: 203 / RCN: 325, 672 / DirecTV: 353
In addition to watching the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4 on Bloomberg Television, Boston area residents will be able to tune into the show live on 7News - WHDH Boston!
For Comcast subscribers within the greater Boston area, Bloomberg TV can be found on channels 45, 757 or 844, depending on the location in the market. Viewers beyond the greater Boston area should check their local pay TV provider listings for information on where to tune in to see Bloomberg TV's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in their local areas.
Mobile & Live Stream
The entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream at Bloomberg.com, Boston.com, BostonGlobe.com, and BostonPopsJuly4th.org, also reachable through the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular app on either Apple or Android devices.
The multi-platform distribution also features live concert video streams on Bloomberg.com and on the Bloomberg mobile and OTT platforms. For mobile listeners, the program can also be heard on the Bloomberg Radio app.
Radio listeners in the greater Boston area can hear the concert through Bloomberg's flagship stations in Boston and Newburyport on 106.1 FM / 1330 AM / 1450 AM/ 92.9-HD2, and via expanded coverage this year on 99.1 WPLM-FM (Plymouth, MA) covering Boston's South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and portions of Rhode Island.
Nationally the concert can be found on SiriusXM channel 119, online at bloombergradio.com, and via mobile on the Bloomberg and iheartradio apps.
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Production Team for the 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Pamela Picard, Executive Producer and Event Director, Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and BSO Broadcast and Media Director, and Dennis Alves, Boston Pops Director of Artistic Planning, serve as Executive Producers of the broadcast. The live broadcast will be produced by Michael Mathis, a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with more than 25 years of experience creating, developing, and producing telecasts and special events and who has produced the broadcast for many years. Mr. Mathis’s recent video projects include Christmas in Rockefeller Center and The Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Joining the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular production team for the first time in 2019 is director John Kirby, who is highly regarded for his work as a director for the BBC Proms. Mr. Kirby’s broadcast credits include the celebratory Last Night of the BBC Proms from London’s Royal Albert Hall, the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords in Westminster by HM The Queen, and the Installation of Pope Francis live from Rome.
The 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular production team also includes Christopher W. Ruigomez, Director of Boston Pops and Concert Operations and Assistant Director of Tanglewood and Richard MacDonald, Executive Producer and Operations Director.
The Boston Pops and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Boston Pops thanks the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy for their continued support of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dcr.
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