Boston celebrates July Fourth; David Mugar remembered for decades of support

BOSTON — A crowd of more than 250,000 lined the banks of the Charles River and filled the Esplanade as the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to the Charles River Esplanade for the first time since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart led the show for the 27th time. The concert was originally planned by Pops maestro Arthur Fiedler who was joined by his longtime friend David Mugar in “upping the ante” on the show by adding fireworks for the country’s Bicentennial celebration in 1976. The annual event takes place at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade and this year included a celebration of the life of Mugar, the event’s longtime executive producer who died earlier this year.

The program inclulded: the Boston Pops orchestra, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, with performances by Chaka Khan, Heather Headley, and Javier Colon. Also, Navy Talent Acquisition Group New England’s executive officer Commander Kaitlin McLeod recited the Oath of Enlistment to future sailors during the Pops concert.

This year, the July 3rd rehearsal was be closed to the public.

All photos by Bill Brett

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