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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular July 4, 2018

  • DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade 47 David G Mugar Way Boston, MA, 02114 United States (map)

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular July 4, 2018, 8PM

Photo by 3dan3/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by 3dan3/iStock / Getty Images

Event Schedule

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacularis 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.


Includes all guest artists. No fireworks.

8:00PM: Concert begins

10:00PM: Concert ends

Concert & Fireworks

 8:00PM: Concert begin

10:30PM: Fireworks begin

11:00PM: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends

*All dates/times/information subject to change

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.