On the Fourth of July, 1776, Thomas Jefferson read the United States Declaration of Independence at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Suffice it to say that, here, Independence Day is of supreme importance. No fewer than 200 performances, historical tours, and concerts are scheduled for the national holiday, which will gather together thousands of Bostonians and visiting tourists. The festivities start the evening before with a concert, but the grand finale that closes the day itself is the major event. On the banks of the Charles River, the Boston Pops Orchestra plays its annual concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, accompanied by an impressive fireworks display and the famous dropping of the flag during the final moments of their rendition of ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever'.
4 July 2016