Boston Pops Fireworks Concert Features Array Of Stars

 Fireworks explode over the Charles River July 4, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston fireworks display was chosen to be taped and broadcast to American's overseas this 4th of July. More than a half-million people came out to take in the show. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — The annual Boston Pops July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade includes a star-studded cast of internationally acclaimed artists this year.

The Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will be joined onstage Wednesday by the Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno, Rhiannon Giddens, and headliner and Newton native Rachel Platten, who rose to fame with her 2015 song "Fight Song."

The concert and fireworks from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. will mark the first performances to take place in the renovated Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

Because the temperatures could be as hot as the acts, authorities are asking attendees to bring plenty of water, but to leave the alcohol at home.

The concert and fireworks show dates to 1974 and draws more than 400,000 spectators.

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