You know what’s cool for the summer? The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, featuring performances by Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas.
The annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert is in its 43rd year, and it’ll be the last one for founder David Mugar, who announced last year that he’ll be stepping aside and letting someone else produce the event after the 2016 celebration.
Mugar will be going out with a bang—the concert will be broadcast live during a unique two-hour special on CBS from the Charles River Esplanade starting at 9 p.m., Monday, July 4.
Usually the concert airs for one hour on network broadcasts and two hours locally, but the pop star guests garnered heightened coverage for the Boston tradition, an official from B4 Productions said.
The pair will perform some of their most popular hits—like Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer,” which hit number one on iTunes in 37 countries within hours of its release, and Jonas’s triple-platinum single “Jealous”—with the Boston Pop Orchestra, led by conductor Keith Lockhart. The free concert attracts more than half a million fans to the Esplanade each year.
Mugar started the fireworks concert in 1974 with legendary Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler. Under Mugar, the event began performing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with the night’s fireworks, cannons, and church bells, making the iconic composition synonymous with Boston’s Fourth of July celebration
If you miss out on Lovato and Jonas, the pair will be performing together again in Boston at the TD Garden July 20 for their “Future Now” tour.