Boston’s historic Fourth of July celebration

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The City of Boston is known for a lot of firsts: the first telephone, the first public park, the first city police station – the list goes on and on. But did you know that in 1929 Arthur Fiedler organized the first series of free concerts on the DCR Esplanade? These were the first free outdoor symphony concerts in the world and set the backdrop for Boston’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

In 1974, the annual Bostonian tradition of howitzer cannons, church bells, and fireworks accompanying the “1812 Overture” to celebrate July 4th began. Two years later in 1976, for America’s Bicentennial celebration, Boston set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for assembling the largest crowd ever for a classical concert. As one might imagine, the Fourth of July in Boston is a BIG deal.

And if the Fourth of July couldn’t get any bigger in Boston, since 1990 our world class celebration has been broadcast nationwide for everyone to see. Don’t forget this weekend to tune in to the world’s oldest free outdoor symphony concert and celebrate America in historic style.

JLL New England wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend! 


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