DAVID G. MUGAR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF BOSTON’S ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, TO RETIRE AFTER 2016 EVENT
David G. Mugar, who has produced the Fourth of July event on the Esplanade for the past 42 years, announced today that he is stepping down after the 2016 event. Mugar is credited with resurrecting the Fourth of July event, along with famed Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler. In 1973, Mugar suggested to Fiedler that the introduction of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” along with fireworks, church bells and cannons might ignite the diminishing attendance at the concerts. And a tradition was born. Today, some 500,000 people come to the banks of the Charles River each year to celebrate the nation’s birthday. “It has been an honor to produce this celebration for the city of Boston and the nation for the past four decades. The people who work on this event have become like family, and I have been privileged to work with them each year,” said Mugar. “It has been a great gift to be the custodian of this celebration for so many years. The Fourth of July has been woven into the fabric of our city for generations.” The decision to retire from the event is a personal one, Mugar said, and one he has been thinking about for some time. At the time of the July 4th 2016 concert Mugar will be 77 years old, and he feels it is now time to pass the baton to a new Executive Producer. Mugar and Boston 4 Productions are working to secure sponsors for the 2016 event. While conversations are ongoing with some interested companies, there is currently a significant shortfall in funding for next year’s celebration.