Sunday, May 25, 2014

Boston July 4, Esplanade Concert,

Boston Esplanade Concert, July 4
Update May 2014                                                                                                            
The concert stage is beneath the domed 
shell seen here on the left.

The Boston Esplanade Concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra and the 4th of July Fireworks takes place each year on the banks of the Charles River.
Music starts at 7:30 pm and the fireworks display starts at 9:30 pm.  Boston Photos

  • Schedule, Gates Open

The entrance to the concert stage or shell opens at 9:00 am.  Visitors can set blankets on the grass and make a day of picnicking.

  • Boston Pops Orchestra
In the evening, starting at 7:30, Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra as they perform for an hour or so and accompany the featured performers.
In 2011, singer Toby Keith was the featured performer.   The featured performers in 2012 were  Singer Jennifer Hudson and Actor and Musician Michael Chiklis
The 2013 guest performers were Grammy award winner Susan Tedeschi, singer/songwriter Howie Day, and Ayla Brown and Ellis Hall.

Concert Performers , 2014, 
The Beach Boys,   
Megan Hilty
  • Free Concert,  Boston
 This event is free of charge each year; there is no entrance fee, no tickets are needed.

  • Concert Highlight

The highlight of the festival is always the combining of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture played by the Boston Pops Orchestra with the fireworks launched from barges on the Charles River.
Army units fire howitzers lined along the banks of the river as part of this performance to make it a powerful visual and auditory event.

  • Boston Transportation
Boston Public Garden Swan Boats are located about 
a block from the location of the Boston  Esplinade Concert
The best option for reaching this event is public transportation, Boston's subway system.  Charles Street Station on the Red Line is the closest stop to the Riverwalk and concert stage shell.
The Green Line subway offers a station close to the Boston Public Garden where a pedestrian only bridge leads over the roadway to the Charles River.  Boston Flights

This is a very popular and crowded event; it is best to start early and make a day of it.
     Boston Hotels

  • Boston 4th of July Fireworks

The fireworks start at 9:30 pm and can be seen from anywhere along the Charles River including the Cambridge side of the river.   Speakers broadcast throughout the area but to see the performers, it is best to set up early in the shell area.  Once the concert starts, it is very difficult to walk along the crowded Charles River area..
Alcohol is not permitted at this event and security will check coolers on entrance.  No camping, cooking, or barbecue grilles are permitted. 

  • Charles River Concert By Boat
 Boats are allowed to enter the Charles River at the locks and to tie up or anchor near the shell.  Drinking alcohol is prohibited on the waterway.  The locks crowd up by mid day or early afternoon so it is best for boaters to make an early start.     Boston Area Camping

  • More Information
More information Boston Esplanade Concert, Boston Pops, 4th of July Fireworks.  See info about coolers, backpacks, mixed drinks  Etc,  security will be tight

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