Boston's Fourth of July started - like many things do - as just a simple idea. In September 1973, David Mugar suggested to Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler that in order to revive the diminishing DCR Esplanade concert series it might be a good idea to play Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" with a few added extras. For the next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were all added to the concert so that, as Fiedler said, "All hell could break loose." And for the first time, a July 4th fireworks display took place over the Charles River.
Watch here as David Mugar explains how Boston's 4th of July was created!
Now, 43 years later, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known as the premier Independence Day celebration in the nation. Each year, since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River to celebrate America's birthday!
Our Event Production Team
David Mugar, Executive Producer
Pam Picard, Co-Producer - Broadcasts and Sponsorship
Rich MacDonald, Co-Producer - Logistics and Operations
Steve MacDonald, Press Relations
Jessica Cremin, Associate Producer
Boston 4 Productions (B4) is the production arm of Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is producing large-scale, free community events in and around the City of Boston and in the New England area.
B4's flagship event every year is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The first July 4th event was founded in 1974 by David Mugar and then Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler. In May 2014, members of the B4 organization received the prestigious Massachusetts State Police Public Service Award for their dedication to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mugar received the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts State Police. In June 2016, the event won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Event Coverage presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England.
The organization is also a part of the community in many other public events. B4 produces Boston's Family Fireworks display on New Year's Eve on the Boston Common, presented by The Mugar Foundation. Since 1999, this New Year's Eve display has become a special celebration and tradition for the city. In addition B4 has been involved with the millennial celebration for the City of Boston, Cape Cod Canal's Centennial celebration, and many other community events throughout its history.
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