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The Big Ten

With a Bang

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular started in 1974 with the pairing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and incendiary devices at one of the Pops’ then-faltering outdoor summertime shows. Having go en bigger and more elaborate every year since, it’s now the premier Fourth of July celebration in the U.S. If you don’t want to get up at 5 a.m. to stake out a spot in Boston (which is what the locals do), you can always catch the festivities on national TV. JULY 4

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