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Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular 2017

July 4th ,1776, the day where America became independent from Great Britain. July 4th 2017, the day Boston celebrates the holiday like no other city does. Every year the Boston Pops puts on its’ spectacular show, the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.” This year; however, compared to last year as well as previous years, was different. Last year was David Mugar’s last year of funding the extravagant event, ending his over 40 years of producing the show.  Bloomberg LP and Eaton Vance took over in sponsoring and funding the show. It makes sense that because of the different companies putting on the show, it would have a different feel. Last year CBS, being the media sponsor, was able to get Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Big Town and Nancy O’Dell as special guests. This year, there were other several talented performers. The pop star, Andy Grammer, The Hamilton star, Leslie Odom Jr. and the rock star, Melissa Etheridge were the headliners backed up by the enthusiastic Boston Pops. Although this year’s show may not have seemed as “Hollywood like” as last year’s, it was quite entertaining, fun and patriotic.

Melissa Etheridge was the first guest performer to take the stage performing her classic song “Come to my Window,” which got people singing and swaying. After Etheridge left the stage, Andy Grammer made people lift their heads up to watch and listen to him perform an acoustic version of his song “Keep Your Head Up.” Grammer told Suffolk Voice why he decided to make the performance acoustic in saying, “It’s really sweet to go from just a guy and a guitar to a freaking whole orchestra; there’s something special about that.” Grammer also performed his new song “Give Love,” as well as his other hit song “Honey I’m Good.”  Ending the guest performances was the Broadway star from the production Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. Leslie Odom Jr performed his revolutionary song from Hamilton, “Wait for It,” which had everyone breathless in the end, from how amazing the performance was! Of course, even though everyone was excited about the big performers, everyone was naturally thrilled to hear the classic “1812 Overture,” with the cannons booming to every beat! This lead into the big finale of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which in turn lead right into the fabulous twenty minute fireworks display. This year’s event did not disappoint with its patriotic and spectacular form!

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