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Jul 05 2007

Boston’s Famous 4th Of July Fireworks Celebration

4th Celebration
Boston has one of the best (if not the best) 4th of July Celebrations in the country mainly because of the nationally televised concert put on by the Boston Pops. In 1980 the Boston Pops was taken over by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Williams continued the Pops’ tradition of bringing classical music to a wider audiences while adding his own library of well-known movie soundtracks (including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies) to its repertoire. In 1995, Keith Lockhart took over conducting the Pops. Lockhart brought in numerous pop-music acts to play with the orchestra, including Ben Folds, Rockapella, Guster, My Morning Jacket, Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello.

My Uncle, Ronald Haroutunian, is the bassoon section leader for the Boston Pops and is also in many other performances throughout the year.

Ronald Haroutunian, is principal bassoon and founding member of the Boston Classical Orchestra. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University, studying with both Matthew Ruggiero and Sherman Walt. He is also principal bassoon of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras and appears often with the Boston Symphony where he was second bassoon for the BSO‚??s 1999-2000 season. He has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Hartford Symphony. He teaches bassoon at Tufts University and Boston University.

That was a little side note, but back to the 4th of July Celebration. Since it was raining, there were not as many people there as usually are, but there was still a lot all over Boston and Cambridge. John Melloncamp performed as well singing “Our Country” during the fireworks display.

Pyro Spectaculars and Eric Tucker are the masterminds behind the display, which has long been viewed as the premier pyrotechnic experience among America’s Fourth of July celebrations. No one does fireworks quite like Boston; this year’s will be the largest and most complex Boston Fourth of July pyrotechnic display to date. More than 20 thousand pounds of explosives will be used for the display, which will include the largest shells yet to be used – ten-inch diameter shells that will climb to 1500 feet – nearly one and a half times the height of the Hancock Tower. This year’s fireworks have an international flair as well – devices are being imported from Portugal, Spain, China, Japan, and Italy. – source

I was so close to the barge that the remains from the fireworks were falling in front of and landing on us. Here are the remains that I picked up and brought home. I don’t really know why I brought them home, but I figured I would blog it.
2007 Boston 4th of July Fireworks Remains

I hope everyone enjoyed the fireworks and celebrating our nations independence 231 years ago. God bless those who died for are freedom and God bless America.

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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