Event Schedule

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

Keith Lockhart

Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885.

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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is a musician, critically acclaimed television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur. Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood and became the first hip hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago.  She also received an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for her role in Life Support. 

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Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor, and activist. Born in Coney Island, New York in 1947, Arlo is the eldest son of Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and Woody Guthrie, America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist.

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Texas Tenors

The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group and third highest selling artist in the history of America’s Got Talent! Since appearing on the show in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released 4 studio albums, 2 PBS Specials, 4 DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including 3 Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s 2017 #10 Classical Crossover Artist in the World. Their most recent albums “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics” both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.

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Amanda Mena

Amanda Mena is a sixteen year old sophomore at St.Mary’s High School in Lynn, MA and has been singing since she was 7 years old at the Lynn YMCA. She is an up-and-coming soul singer, recently seen on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. Mena was able to capture Mel B’s heart and received the Golden Buzzer by singing a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”.  Judge Howie Mandel referred to Amanda as a “supernatural talent”.

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Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Tanglewood Festival Chorus James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus John Oliver, Founder and Conductor Laureate This season at Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances...

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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 ’69commemorating 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.