Posted on 2020-05-09
BOSTON (CBS) — The annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and live concert has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The celebration has been a tradition on the Esplanade for decades. In 2019, half a million people lined the banks of the Charles River for the event.
In a statement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said: “The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is one of the City’s most beloved traditions and anticipated annual events. While a live concert and fireworks display are not possible this year due to the ongoing public health crisis, I am so glad that thanks to a host of partners who were determined to carry on this tradition, the show will go on in a new way. I encourage all residents who look forward to Boston’s Independence Day celebrations to embrace this year’s celebration with us, as we mark another moment in our nation’s history.”
Instead, the Boston Pops will hold a broadcast that is available online, on the radio, and on TV. The show will pay “tribute to the frontline workers in many fields and [honor] those who have lost their lives during the current health crisis, while celebrating our diverse nation’s founding values of liberty and justice for all.”