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The Boston Pops’ Fourth of July celebration returns to the Hatch Shell

The iconic Fireworks Spectacular returns to the Hatch Shell for its 46th year.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns to the Hatch Shell in 2022. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns July 4 to the Hatch Memorial Shell on Charles River Esplanade in 2022 after a three-year hiatus from the venue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The iconic event continues the Boston Pops’ historic tradition of sharing the gift of a free musical celebration with its hometown.

Keith Lockhart will conduct his 27th Fourth-of-July program with the Boston Pops. The lineup features the Boston Pops orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums.

The program includes a number of musical guests. Among the highlights of this year’s event are a performance from 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan, a tribute to the country of Ukraine, and a tribute to philanthropist David Mugar


Mugar’s support of Boston’s Independence Day celebration starting in 1974 transformed the event into one of the country’s most recognized Independence Day celebrations, according to a statement from the Pops.

If you plan to attend in person, make sure you plan ahead. Crowds line up for a prime seat early. You can also watch the concert live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally on WHDH-TV Channel 7.

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