No one celebrates the 4th like Boston! If you think about it, everything started up here in Boston: Paul Revere, the Tea Party...right? So, I'm finally in town for the 4th and boy was it a good one! Everyone knows about the Pop's concert on the 4th followed by fireworks, but did you know they rehearse on the 3rd? Full concert, fewer people, just no fireworks!
A bunch of us went down for a picnic and the rehearsal. The line to get into the hatch shell oval was insane, so we found prime real estate on the inlet in front of a video monitor, score! Can't get much better than good friends, perfect weather (70s and breezy), and the Charles river!Then it was show time! They had a great set list this year. A John Williams tribute, the Dropkick Murphys, Jennifer Hudson, and the cast of Mamma Mia! Plus the traditional sing-alongs and Pops amazingness. Keith Lockhart at the helm, as always! I love how decked out the hatch shell is!The Dropkick Murphys did Tessie and Shipping Up to Boston!Mamma Mia! The whole crowd dancing to Dancing Queen, including little kids, so fun.See, the Jennifer Hudson! She was AMAZING! My favorite moment, at the end of I Am Telling You, she began using her arms to conduct the Pops, including have them stop before her final note, amazing!And then! They surprised us by doing the 1812 Overture, which is usually only a 4th song! The crowd went wild! They even included the special part of the overture:
And then, the actual 4th! I had a lazy day and despite my friends saying I was nuts, I went back downtown to the river to see the fireworks, I love fireworks, what can I say! Of course once I got there and found a perfect spot, lightning moved in and we were advised to take cover. I did (most didn't!) and then when we were clear I found an even better spot!