Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Boston Pops move July 4th show up a day

BOSTON (AP) — With the season’s first hurricane bearing down on New England, Boston hosted the Boston Pops Fourth of July outdoor concert and fireworks show Thursday, a night earlier than planned and just ahead of drenching rain.

The event, which airs nationally and draws more than half a million visitors to the city, was moved a day earlier when it became clear that the region would feel the brunt of Hurricane Arthur on Independence Day.

Shelli Keisling, of Cocoa Beach, Fla. waits for the start of a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The anticipated severe weather has prompted the cancellation of July 4th events in coastal Massachusetts, particularly in the summer retreats of Cape Cod and the islands south of Boston, where a tropical storm warning has been issued.

But on Boston’s Esplanade along the Charles River Thursday evening, temperatures were in the high 80s and there were few clouds in sight. Sailboats glided in the waters nearby.

Beach Boys founder Mike Love, Broadway star Megan Hilty and the Boston Children’s Chorus offered lively performances and thousands of revelers sang along to patriotic songs.

Officials cut the concert short so that spectators could see the colorful fireworks display. And after the final fireworks exploded in the night sky, state police ordered the many thousands in attendance to quickly clear the area. Within minutes, the skies opened up bringing heavy rain and lightning.

The show attracted its usual mix of local residents and out-of-towners. A number of concertgoers said they were visiting Boston for the first time and had planned their trip specifically to catch the concert.

“We watch it on the TV every year, so we figured we’d see it in person,” said Mercedes Przecioski, a Phoenix, Arizona, resident who arrived in Boston early Thursday morning with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Vanessa.

“Coming from Phoenix, we’re happy for rain,” said Przecioski. “We haven’t seen it in six months.”

Orlando, Florida, residents Bob and Diane Rindfuss said changing the day for the concert and fireworks show meant they’d have more time to tour the city.

“Now we got a day to do something nice,” said Bob Rindfuss. “But inside. Maybe a museum or the aquarium. We haven’t thought that far.”

Concertgoers who staked out an early seat in the park were treated to the sounds of performers running through their sound checks Thursday afternoon.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!