The Boston Pops – Streaming Live from Massachusetts

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(Caption: Boston Pops Independence Day Concert on the Esplanade)

There are few Fourth of July celebrations more festive, heartfelt and enduring than the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular that takes place at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade. Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the world-famous Pops orchestra and guest artists through a joyful collection of patriotic songs, classical melodies and pop hits that appeal to the hundreds of thousands of spectators who attend.

This year’s show takes place on Thursday, July 3, 2014, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Now, for the first time, viewers around the nation and the world can enjoy the concert online by watching a live web stream of the entire show, sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. The webcast will remain available for 24 days on BostonPopsJuly4.org.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, we couldn’t be happier to announce the first-ever webcast of the event, giving us the potential of reaching millions of additional music-loving patriots throughout the country and beyond,” Lockhart said. “That’s great news for this country’s leading Independence Day celebration!”

Among the guest performers this year are the Beach Boys, Broadway star Megan Hilty and the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a special guest and will narrate a newly commissioned Boston Pops arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner in honor of the 200th anniversary of the song in 2014.

In addition, MOTT is offering viewers a chance to win a trip to Boston to conduct the Boston Pops in during its spring season in 2015. You can enter the contest by tweeting on Twitter with #WatchThePops up through July 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Here are full details.

The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular is just one of hundreds of festivities taking place all across Massachusetts on Independence Day weekend. You can find a full schedule here.

And finally, Massachusetts is a terrific place to visit any time of year! To see all that Massachusetts has to offer, visit MassVacation.com.