Boston Pops’ 4th of July concert: all women headliners, fireworks, live-stream

Posted on: June 5, 2018

“The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this year will feature singer-songwriter Rachel Platten, Americana artist Rhiannon Giddens, and folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, plus an appearance by legendary actress Rita Moreno,” writes Robert Steiner in Wednesday’s (5/30) Boston Globe. “The Pops also announced plans to enhance viewing options, including a big screen on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and an expansion of live-streaming platforms. As per tradition, fireworks, military flyover, and world-class orchestra led by Keith Lockhart will all be returning for the ceremony, which typically brings around 400,000 people to the banks of the Charles River every year…. Lockhart explained … about the eclectic lineup, ‘It’s diverse, and it’s also entirely female, which is also not entirely accidental. This is a celebration of who we are in total.’ … In addition to the guest headliners, the Pops will also pay tribute to legendary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein [and] will … feature Moreno, the actress and singer widely known for her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in ‘West Side Story.’ … The [July 4] event will be live-streamed on bostonglobe.com, www.boston.com, and bostonpopsjuly4th.org, in addition to Bloomberg’s website…. ‘It’s about getting the word out and people knowing where to find us,’ [Lockhart] said.”

Posted June 5, 2018