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1929

Arthur Fiedler organizes the first series of free concerts on the DCR Esplanade. These were the first free outdoor symphony concerts in the world.

1974

A new July 4th tradition in Boston is born when howitzer cannons, church bells, and fireworks accompany the "1812 Overture."

1976

America's Bicentennial celebration results in a huge crowd, which the Guinness Book of World Records cites as the largest ever assembled for a classical concert.

1978

Arthur Fiedler conducts the Fourth of July concert for the 50th time.

1980

John Williams becomes the 19th conductor of the Boston Pops.

1984

For the first time, Boston's Fourth of July is televised in its entirety nationwide by WGBH for PBS.

1990

Live annual nationwide television broadcasts of the concert begin.

1995

Keith Lockhart becomes the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops.

1998

Boston's Fourth of July celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2003

CBS Television broadcasts the concert and fireworks nationwide.

2005

Liberty Mutual becomes the official sponsor of the event.

2009

Neil Diamond sings Sweet Caroline to a crowd of over half a million people on the banks of the Charles River.

2010

DCR Hatch Shell stage pyrotechnics were introduced, adding more spark to the spectacular event.

2011

Country star Martina McBride performed at the 38th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

2013

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular celebrates its 40th anniversary!