Boston Pops Gear Up For Return To July Fourth Spectacular Celebration

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the first time in over a year, the sound of the 1812 Overture filled Symphony Hall on Friday as the Boston Pops rehearsed for it's traditional Fourth of July celebration.

Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart said he hasn't seen some of his colleagues since last year -- and he is thrilled to once again raise his baton.

"It is very very exciting to stand here and be able to proudly proclaim that the Boston Pops is back, that live performance is back, and that one of America's great traditions -- America' s birthday party, the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular is back," Lockhart said.

The Pops concert will take place at Tanglewood in Lenox this year instead of the Esplanade. It comes after the event was cancelled last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It's been a year of hoping that things will happen, of making A plans and B plans and C plans and C plans and then throwing them all out and starting again," Lockhart said. "But we are so excited that this is going to happen, and on the Fourth of July -- America's orchestra will be back in front of it's public." 

The concert is set for Sunday, July 4 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and it will be live-streamed on television and online.

Boston will also be resuming it's fireworks celebration this year on July 4, but the display will be from Boston Common instead of the concert site.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports.

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