Boston Pops’ annual July 4th outdoor concert cancelled for 2020; virtual event is planned

Posted on: May 13, 2020

“The Boston Pops announced on Friday the cancellation of one of the staple events of the summer: their July Fourth Fireworks spectacular,” writes Cristela Guerra on Friday (5/8) at Boston radio station WBUR. “Instead of the live concert, the Pops will broadcast ‘A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes’ [featuring] retrospective and new performances created by the Boston Pops and guest artists. ‘We’re going to do this particularly to honor our first responders and those who have been claimed by COVID-19,’ said conductor Keith Lockhart…. ‘There are going to be messages throughout the evening, appearances by community leaders, by musical artists and by me. And we are working very hard to put together a virtual connected Boston Pops performance that will be new and made just for this broadcast.’ The Pops concerts on the Charles River Esplanade began as a Fourth of July tradition in 1929…. The event has been postponed a handful of times, mostly due to inclement weather. In 1986 the concert was held on July 5 because the Pops [performed] at the centennial rededication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty. The special will air on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and Boston’s WHDH-TV on Saturday, July 4.”