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Arthur Fiedler organizes the first series of free concerts on the DCR Esplanade. These were the first free outdoor symphony concerts in the world.
A new July 4th tradition in Boston is born when howitzer cannons, church bells, and fireworks accompany the "1812 Overture."
Americaís Bicentennial celebration results in a huge crowd, which the
Guinness Book of World Records
cites as the largest ever assembled for a classical concert.
Arthur Fiedler conducts the Fourth of July concert for the
John Williams becomes the 19th conductor of the Boston Pops.
For the first time, Bostonís Fourth of July is televised in its entirety nationwide by WGBH for PBS.
Live annual nationwide television broadcasts of the concert begin.
Keith Lockhart becomes the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops.
Bostonís Fourth of July celebrates their 25th anniversary.
CBS Television broadcasts the concert and fireworks nationwide.
Liberty Mutual becomes the official sponsor of the event.
Neil Diamond sings Sweet Caroline to a crowd of over half a million people on the banks of the Charles River.
DCR Hatch Shell stage pyrotechnics were introduced, adding more spark to the spectacular event.
Country star Martina McBride performed on the 38th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular celebrates its 40th anniversary!
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