Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
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Television Show
Created by: Boston Pops Orchestra
Presented by: David G. Mugar
Country of origin: United States
Running time: 120 minutes
Location(s): Charles River Esplanade
Original channel: CBS
Original run: 1973-2013
2016-present (revival)
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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade hosted by the Boston Pops Orchestra. The event was broadcast nationally from 1991 until 2002 on A&E, and since 2002 by CBS and its Boston station WBZ-TV. WBZ/1030 and WBZ-TV broadcast the entire event locally, and from 2002 through 2012, CBS broadcast the final hour of the concert nationally in primetime. The national broadcast was put on hiatus beginning in 2013, which Pops executive producer David G. Mugar believed was the result of decreasing viewership caused by NBC's encore presentation of the Macy's fireworks. The national broadcast was revived for 2016, and expanded to two hours.


Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas performed on the special on July 3, 2016 as a rehearsal. The live performance was aired on July 4, 2016.


  1. Cool for the Summer
  2. America the Beautiful
  3. Stone Cold
  4. Close (Nick Jonas cover)
  5. Purple Rain (Prince cover)
  6. Confident


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