The Real Cost of July 4, from NYC to Nashville

By Lewis Braham - 2012-06-26T20:34:29Z

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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

For 39 years the Boston Pops Orchestra has performed a free concert for Bostonians who lie out on picnic blankets along the Charles River. Highlights include its rendition of the 1812 Overture, during which military cannons fire. This year Jennifer Hudson is a special musical guest. The fireworks show lasts 21 minutes and includes 15,000 shells fired from seven barges. Although nonprofit organizer Boston 4 Productions won't disclose the total cost, its only corporate sponsor, Liberty Mutual Insurance, is donating about $2.7 million for the event. That excludes the city's costs for security and sanitation.