- This concert on the Charles River Esplanade, started by late Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler in 1974, has become a tradition. The evening's high point is the fireworks display over the Charles River. The Pops usually bring a roster of pop music and political stars to help inspire revelers with patriotic spirit. If you go, arrive early; people begin showing up a day in advance, and crowds can be as large as a half-million people.
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