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After a three-year absence, the annual Independence Day celebration will return to the Hatch Shell with Chaka Khan, Keith Lockhart and plenty of fireworks.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022 will take place on July 4 at 8 p.m. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File

For the first time in three years, the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will once again bring the sounds of the Boston Pops to the Esplanade on July 4th.

As is usually the case, the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will feature a number of musical guests accompanying bandleader Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Highlights of this year’s event include a performance by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan, a tribute to the country of Ukraine and a tribute to philanthropist David Mugar, who turned modern fireworks into a televised event national. Mugar passed away earlier this year.

“We are incredibly thrilled to return to the Charles River Esplanade to present the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and to play a unifying role in this great city and this country by giving the people of Boston and beyond a wonderful reason to celebrate the Independence Day with us,” Lockhart said in a press release. “There’s nothing more powerful than music to bring us together as a community in celebration, so we’re thrilled to bring you a fantastic lineup of guest artists on the 4th of July – capped off with an extraordinary fireworks display. .”

After an unprecedented three-year gap between performances, you can bet interest in the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is skyrocketing. Whether you’re going to see the show in person or watching it from home, here’s what you need to know about the iconic Independence Day event.

What time does the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022 start and where will it be?

The 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will return to DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston after a three-year absence. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and the 30-minute fireworks display begins at 10:30 p.m.

Unlike previous years, the July 3 rehearsal will not be open to the public.

Also note: in previous years, many pedestrians who did not want to brave the crowds of the Esplanade chose to see the fireworks from the Mass bridge. Ave. In its long list of road closures and parking restrictions, the BSO notes that viewing from Longfellow Bridge and Mass Bridge. Ave. is not allowed.

Who is performing at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022?

As mentioned above, 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan will headline the long list of artists at the 2022 Boston Pops Spectacular. “The Voice” winner Javier Colon, Tony and winner Grammy winner Heather Headley, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums and the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment Honor Guard are also scheduled.

The evening’s lineup also includes a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, which Lockhart said “will be dedicated to the people of Ukraine and the courage and perseverance they have consistently shown in their fight for independence. continues from his country”.

Among the Boston Pops Orchestra selections will be a number of pieces performed in tribute to legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who died in November 2021. The Pops will perform an orchestral arrangement of “Comedy Tonight” from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, and a medley of Sondheim with “Our Time” from “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods”.

The event will also include a tribute in memory of Mugar. The late philanthropist’s support of the Fireworks Spectacular began in 1974, transforming a previously modest show into a nationally recognized Independence Day celebration with the addition of elements such as a performance of the opening of 1812 by Tchaikovsky and a huge fireworks display over the Charles River.

What you can and cannot bring to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022:

If you plan to join the crowds on the Esplanade, which often number in the hundreds of thousands, be prepared to stop at the Oval checkpoints (between the Clarendon and Berkeley walkways) or the Island/Lagoon (at Clarendon and Exeter walkways).

There, security personnel will ensure that you do not bring any of the following:

Prohibited objects
  • Coolers on wheels
  • Backpack
  • Firearms, pepper spray, sharp objects or fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Cans
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-mixed drinks
  • All liquids should be transported in sealed clear plastic containers and should not exceed 2 liters
  • Grills, propane tanks or open flames

Bicycles will not be allowed through checkpoints to facilitate rapid evacuation in the event of an emergency. Bicycles are permitted in other parts of the Esplanade, but should not be left unattended. Bikes locked to security fences, posts or other structures may be subject to removal.

With all that out of the way, here are the common items that will be allowed at the Fireworks Show:

Authorized items
  • Pop-up tents/awnings without sides (maximum size is 10’x10′).
  • Blankets or tarps not exceeding 10’x 10′.
  • Folding/beach chairs only.
  • Coolers, which should be carried over the shoulder or single-handled (no wheeled coolers).
  • All personal effects must be carried in transparent bags only.
  • After inspection, the small pouches/handbags can be taken to the site with the transparent bag.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022 parking and transportation details:

Due to the number of street closures and parking restrictions put in place on July 4, the BSO advises those who can use public transport to do so. The two closest stops to the Hatch Shell are Charles-MGH on the red line and Arlington Street on the green line. Although the MBTA recently implemented a reduced schedule on most days due to staffing issues, it will return to its normal weekday schedule on July 4 due to an expected increase in ridership.

If you’re planning on going to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2022, you can search for a number of garages near the Hatch Shell. If you are looking for nearby options on Google Maps, the address to use for the Hatch Shell is 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108.

One garage that the BSO particularly highlights on its website is the Motor Mart Garage at 201 Stuart Street, which is a short walk from the Esplanade.

That said, drivers should be aware of the large number of road closures, which begin as early as July 1 and increase in number on July 4. Most travel on the river roads (Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive) near Hatch Shell will be significantly reduced or completely closed, and more than a dozen roads in Boston and Cambridge have travel or parking restrictions. To see a complete list, visit the BSO website.

How to watch the Boston Fireworks Spectacular 2022 on TV or stream online, on the radio or on your phone:

If you’re not attending the Boston Pops Spectacular 2022, you can still catch the concert and fireworks on TV or listen to the concert on the radio, on your smartphone or online.

The show will air on Bloomberg TV and Boston’s WHDH-TV (channel 7) from 8-11 p.m.

Pay-TV customers in the greater Boston area can view the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the following channels:

DISH: Channel 203

Direct TV: Channel 353

RCN: Channels 325/672

Comcast: Channel 45, 757 or 844, depending on your location in the Greater Boston area.

You can listen to musical performances on and on the Bloomberg Radio and iHeartRadio apps.

As for the audio, you can listen to the concert via Boston’s Bloomberg and Newburyport stations at 106.1 FM, 1330 AM, 1450 AM and 92.9-HD2. Plymouth’s 99.1 WPLM will also broadcast the event to listeners in the South Shore and Cape Cod, southeast Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. National listeners can catch the concert on SiriusXM channel 119.


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