BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite the city of Boston canceling all festivals, parades, and large-scale events until at least September 7, the Boston Pops figured out a new way to bring their traditional 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular to people stuck at home.
Instead of a concert on the Esplanade, the orchestra will be paying tribute to frontline workers and those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in a broadcast concert entitled "Salute To our Heroes."
The event will be aired at 8 p.m. on July 4th with images of fireworks from a previous year closing out the show.
Hours after the Boston pops announced the cancelation of its Independence Day live event, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said there would be no festivals or parades allowed in the city throughout the summer due to the pandemic. Instead, he urged event organizers to continue their celebrations in innovative ways, like the Boston Pops' broadcast on 4th of July.
“While a live concert and fireworks display are not possible this year due to the ongoing public health crisis, I am so glad that thanks to a host of partners who were determined to carry on this tradition, the show will go on in a new way," said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “I encourage all residents who look forward to Boston’s Independence Day celebrations to embrace this year’s celebration with us, as we mark another moment in our nation’s history.”
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