A crowd watches an illuminated bandshell decorated with red and blue stars while confetti falls in the air.

Confetti falls at the end of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston on July 4, 2017. In 1974, the Boston Pops added cannons, church bells and fireworks to draw crowds to their Independence Day concert. It was so successful that the inclusion of the "1812 Overture" became a staple. 


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